Sprint partners with Samsung
Sprint (S) has collaborated with electronics firm Samsung (SSNLF) to launch 5G smartphones in the market in the first half of 2019. Reportedly, there are at least two variants of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphone for deploying the 5G network. One model has a Qualcomm modem, and the other one is with a Samsung-made equivalent.
The Samsung model is the third device unveiled by Sprint for its 5G network. Last year, the company revealed that it was working with LG Electronics as well as HTC to launch a 5G smartphone in the summer of 2019.
5G is an updated version of 4G LTE that is currently in use. 5G development will provide faster speeds, lower latency, and consistent coverage. While LTE mostly relies on small chunks of low-band and mid-band spectrum, 5G will use everything from low-band frequencies to millimeter-wave spectrum. Statista estimates that 5G wireless subscriptions will reach 545 million by 2022.
The Sprint network along with 5G Samsung smartphone will offer dual-mode connectivity to both its LTE and 5G network supporting 2.5 GHz spectrum via Massive MIMO antennas. For roaming, the handset will support Sprint’s 1.9 GHz spectrum and 800 MHz LTE spectrum bands.
Last month, the top two US mobile carriers Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) announced that they would be releasing 5G smartphones. Verizon announced it would sell its first 5G phones in the first half of 2019. Verizon launched its first 5G broadband Internet service in October 2018. AT&T also announced it would offer its first 5G phones in early 2019. AT&T has launched its mobile 5G network in parts of 12 cities and has plans to deploy mobile 5G in parts of seven additional cities in the first half of 2019. T-Mobile (TMUS) has plans to provide not just 5G wireless phone service but 5G home broadband service in the country. Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile is expected to help T-Mobile with its 5G expansion plans.