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Sprint and T-Mobile Throw More 5G Pieces on the Table

January 07, 2019 / Dan Meyer

Sprint and T-Mobile US connected a few more pieces in their complex 5G network plans that were also significant wins for vendor partners Samsung and Intel. Sprint’s latest 5G push involves plans to launch a standards-based 5G smartphone from Samsung this summer. The device will be able to access the carrier’s 2.5 GHz, which is central to its 5G network plans. It will also be able to tap into Sprint’s 1.9 GHz and 800 MHz spectrum that is used for its 4G LTE network. Sprint had previously announced that it would launch a 5G smartphone from LG during the first half of 2019. That would align with the carrier’s plans to launch mobile 5G services in nine markets early this year.Sprint CTO John Saw said those initial markets include New York City; Phoenix; Kansas City, Kansas; Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles; and Washington, D.C. He noted that the carrier would use around 60 megahertz of its 2.5 GHz spectrum to support those initial 5G services...