Ericsson is a key partner in the Massive MIMO deployments Sprint announced today. The US operator said it will begin deployments in major US cities as it prepares to launch the first 5G mobile network in the US in the first half of 2019.

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Ericsson will be deploying 5G-ready Massive MIMO radios in Dallas, Atlanta and Houston.

At Mobile World Congress 2018, Sprint unveiled it will start rolling out Massive MIMO technology in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles as part of its Next-Gen Network investment to improve network performance and launch mobile 5G. Following these initial launches, Sprint will aggressively expand its deployment of Massive MIMO this year to other major markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and Washington DC. In 2018, Sprint expects to deploy thousands of Massive MIMO radios, significantly increasing network capacity for millions of customers across the country.

Nishant Batra, Head of Product Area Network Infrastructure at Ericsson, says: “Our 5G-ready Massive MIMO technology helps ensure a smooth network evolution for Sprint with its easy-to-adopt and install features. Sprint can get the most out of its vast 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings, boost the capacity of its LTE network, and deliver top-quality and high-speed data services to its customers.”

Read the full announcement from Sprint here.