What's more, it'll get even faster when the carrier adds additional MIMO layers in the coming months. A Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phone will be available for Sprint customers this summer, Tovar said. Sprint also expects to launch service in Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. within the first half of 2019.
Sprint said that the NY launch will have coverage ranging from almost "30 square miles covering Midtown and lower Manhattan", while the Dallas Launch will cover "approximately 230 square miles spanning the greater Dallas, Fort Worth area".
Moreover, a Sprint video showed speeds on its network - now unloaded with customers - approaching 430Mbit/s.
For 5G, Sprint is using a few different technologies that are different from its competitors.
To be clear, the results of such speed tests indicate mostly nothing.
On the other hand, the 600MHz is lower frequency, which means slower peak speed but bigger range.
To begin, 5G coverage will be limited to certain areas of each city.
Sprint spokesman Dave Tovar said 5G will initially cover about 110 square miles, including the Sprint Campus in Overland Park and all of downtown Kansas City.
Sprint 5G Launching in First Half of 2019 Sprint is executing its award-winning 5G strategy with 2.5 GHz spectrum and Massive MIMO technology to launch its blazing-fast service beginning in nine top cities in the first half of 2019. Samsung is the vendor for Sprint's Chicago market, while the rest are split between Nokia and Ericsson. That puts the ISP in competition with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, which have all already been deploying their versions of 5G networks in the US. All of this is likely to change should Sprint's proposed merger with T-Mobile go ahead. Additionally, it will offer a 5G hub/hotspot from HTC.
Customers of Google Fi, the wireless service run by Google on Sprint's network, will be able to connect to Sprint's 5G capabilities as well, Combes said - though it is unclear when Google Fi customers will gain access to 5G smartphones that can take advantage of the new technology. The company also announced a number of other updates to its Curiosity IoT platform for mapping, roaming and other services.