Sprint 5G coming in May, Google Fi will get support too

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"We're excited to play our part in advancing the next generation of wireless technology as we prepare to debut our mobile 5G service in nine markets", Sprint CEO Michel Combes said in a statement. The first cities to launch will be Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Kansas City, Mo. Sprint isn't launching its 5G service on millimeter wave as it lacks licenses to broadcast on the airwaves, instead opting for the 2.5GHz mid-band spectrum, which is faster than LTE but doesn't reach as far, per The Verge.

Sprint's 5G build out is well under way with hundreds of Massive MIMO radios deployed past year.

Meanwhile, Sprint sued AT&T this year for promoting "5G Evolution, " which Sprint said risked misleading consumers into thinking 5G was truly available when AT&T's network is, in fact, offering an upgraded version of existing 4G mobile data technology.

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Sprint will be relying on "massive MIMO" to boost data speeds, and its 5G network will function a little differently to rivals'. And Sprint are set for launch in four cities, starting in May. When this rolls out, Google Fi customers with Sprint 5G compatible Designed for Fi phones in a 5G coverage area will be automatically connected to the network, quite similar to today's seamless transitions between cellular networks, depending on the location.

The announcement also comes as Sprint advocates for its proposed merger with T-Mobile. The first device will be the LG V50 ThinQ 5G.

Verizon is also planning to launch its 5G mobile network in the first half of 2019. In total, Sprint expects to cover more than 1,000 square miles across its nine launch cities.

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When it comes to devices, Sprint will sell smartphones that are compatible with the 5G network.

"Initial drive tests show Sprint 5G is providing connectivity in the downtown area, from the Magnificent Mile and the Loop to the University of IL at Chicago", said Sprint. The company also announced a number of other updates to its Curiosity IoT platform for mapping, roaming and other services.

Sprint said it would pre-install startup Hatch's cloud gaming service on its forthcoming 5G devices.

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Sprint said it would devote 60MHz to LTE and 60MHz to 5G on its 2.5GHz spectrum.

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