Sprint today announced the expansion of its True Mobile 5G service to nine markets by adding Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
Sprint in May launched 5G service in areas of Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Kansas City, following with Chicago in mid-July.
Sprint 5G covers approximately 2,100 square miles, with approximately 11 million people expected to be covered in total across all nine market areas in the coming weeks, more than any other U.S. carrier to date.
Sprint CEO Michel Combes said: “With our initial nine market launches complete, it is just the start of what we can achieve with T-Mobile, together building a better, faster, nationwide mobile 5G network.”
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said: “The cities we’re launching today are among the largest and most dense urban markets in the U.S., requiring significant expertise and stringent testing to ensure quality, performance and delivery.”
Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data shows Sprint’s average 5G download speed of 203.8 Mbps is nearly 6X faster than Sprint’s average LTE download speed of 35.2 Mbps.
Sprint 5G will power mobile phone customers across industries including energy, healthcare, manufacturing, finance, insurance, transportation, hospitality and more.
Sprint is using 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) 5G Massive MIMO radios from Nokia in Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington D.C. These radios support split-mode feature that enables Sprint to simultaneously deliver LTE Advanced and 5G New Radio (NR) service.
Sprint’s 5G Massive MIMO radios run on its 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum, and they are deployed on Sprint’s existing 4G cell sites, providing a nearly identical footprint for both 2.5 GHz LTE and 5G NR coverage.
Sprint also announced the availability of OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, a 5G smartphone, for $20 per month for a limited time with $0 down payment and Sprint Flex lease – that’s a savings of more than 40 percent.
Sprint already launched Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub for its 5G customers in parts of the United States. Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform using the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, RF transceiver and Qualcomm RF Front-End solutions are powering these 5G smartphones.