Sprint and T-Mobile 5G plans

Sprint is focusing on Massive MIMO radio deployment whereas T-Mobile is introducing millimetre wave spectrum for 5G services in US.

Sprint is currently deploying Massive MIMO radios, a key technology for 5G and the company continues to expect to launch the first mobile 5G network in the U.S. in the first half of 2019. On the other hand, T-Mobile is introducing 5G across 600 MHz and millimeter wave spectrum. In addition to building out 5G on 600 MHz, T-Mobile intends to bring 5G to 30 cities in 2018 using both 600 MHz and millimeter wave spectrum.

T-Mobile network will harness both 4G and 5G bandwidths simultaneously (dual connectivity) and it will be ready for the introduction of the first 5G smartphones in 2019.

Sprint is also planning to offer the best digital customer experience, including leveraging artificial intelligence to improve customer care interactions, utilizing deep dive analytics to identify customer issues, and boosting the mix of sales in digital channels. With more than 200 MHz of sub-6 GHz spectrum, Sprint has made continued progress on executing its Next-Gen Network plan.

Sprint has completed thousands of tri-band upgrades and now has 2.5 GHz spectrum deployed on nearly two-thirds of its macro sites and has added thousands of new outdoor small cells and currently has more than 15,000 deployed including both mini-macros and strand mounts.

At the end of Q2 2018, T-Mobile owned a nationwide average of 31 MHz of 600 MHz low band spectrum covering 328 million POPs. The company expects to clear spectrum covering approximately 130 million POPs by year-end 2018 and target approximately 260 million POPs by year-end 2019. 600MHz deployments continue at an accelerated pace with spectrum covering more than 950 cities and towns in 33 states already lit up. Combining 600 MHz and 700MHz, the company has deployed low band spectrum to nearly 289 million POPs.


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