Sprint is one of the major U.S. carriers that have been working to get their 5G networks up and running this year. The company has now provided additional information about when its network is going to go live. Sprint has confirmed today that it will launch its 5G network this May in four cities initially.
The Sprint 5G network will go live in May with Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and Kansas City being the first markets to get it. The carrier has also confirmed that Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, DC will also get the 5G network in the first half of this year.
The company says that its 5G network is going to be a part of Google Fi which is a wireless carrier by Google that runs on networks provided by T-Mobile and Sprint. However, it didn’t mention when Google Fi is going to start offering phones compatible with the 5G network.
Sprint chief technology officer John Saw commented about the speeds, saying that in one demo video that the company ran today, the user’s device was seen hitting speeds of 430 Mbps which is about 10x what’s possible on LTE currently. He did create some wiggle room by saying that “We don’t really want to focus too much on speeds, but the experience.”
The first 5G phone to be available on Sprint will be the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. The carrier will also be offering the 5G Galaxy S10 from Samsung but it might arrive a bit later on Sprint as Verizon has a timed exclusive on that device. Sprint is currently testing its 5G network in downtown Chicago.