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Sprint Unveils First Six 5G-Ready Cities

Targets mid-2019 for nationwide 5G rollout

Sprint identified the first six cities for its rollout of what it said will eventually be the first nationwide 5G mobile network.

Starting in April, Sprint customers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will begin experiencing 5G-like capabilities, including significant increases in data speed and capacity, as Sprint rolls out advanced network technology called Massive MIMO. Additional markets, including Atlanta, Houston and Washington will go online later this year. In 2018 and 2019, Sprint said it expects to deploy thousands of Massive MIMO radios, significantly increasing network capacity for millions of customers.

It expects to offer nationwide 5G in the first half of 2019.

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“The race to 5G is heating up, and let me be clear, today’s announcement is a huge step toward Sprint being first to offer a 5G mobile network,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “Our deep spectrum position gives us an incredible advantage no other carrier has in the U.S. We’re making significant investments using state-of-the-art technology, and working with leading chip and handset partners to deliver an incredible Next-Gen Network for our customers.”

AT&T announced the first cities for its own 5G rollout last week.