Ericsson’s 5G leadership is at the heart of U.S. communications services provider Sprint’s commercial mobile 5G launch across four cities today – Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City.
Sprint becomes the third major U.S. service provider to launch 5G – with Ericsson partnering closely in each case. Ericsson is now supporting seven commercial 5G networks globally.
Ericsson 5G Massive MIMO radios across Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City support split-mode, enabling Sprint to simultaneously deliver LTE Advanced and 5G New Radio service. Ericsson is also providing the MME platform for the Sprint 5G NSA Core across all Sprint 5G markets.
Sprint’s 5G Massive MIMO radios run on its 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum, and are deployed on Sprint’s existing 4G cell sites, providing a nearly identical footprint for both 2.5 GHz LTE and 5G NR coverage.
Michel Combes, CEO, Sprint, says: “Sprint 5G is here and we’re proud to give customers true mobility and the largest initial 5G footprint in the U.S. This is a momentous day and just the start of what we can achieve with T-Mobile, together building a better, faster, nationwide mobile 5G network that benefits all U.S. businesses and consumers.”
Sprint says its 5G will power new experiences for wireless customers, from gaming and entertainment services, to IoT and business applications.
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President, Head of Networks, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson is working together with Sprint to unleash the power of 5G on Sprint’s network. Our 5G Massive MIMO radios will provide Sprint users with a true next-generation experience, enabling advanced applications for businesses and consumers.”