Sprint CEO Michel Combes speaking at a press conference at MWC Barcelona. Roger Cheng/CNET
service is just around the corner. As long as you’re in one of four markets.
The company said in a press conference on Monday that 5G will turn on in Chicago, Atlanta, the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the company’s hometown of Kansas City. Another five markets — Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Phoenix and Houston — will launch by the end of the year.
Sprint is just one of several carriers racing to build out 5G, the next generation of wireless technology that has long been hyped, but is finally coming to reality. 5G is one of the biggest topics of conversation at the Barcelona trade show, with the boost in speed and responsiveness serving as the foundation for other trends like , telemedicine and streaming virtual reality.
Sprint has been getting the groundwork ready for its 5G service at this show. On Sunday, LG unveiled the V50 ThinQ, which will come to Sprint as its first 5G phone. also announced a 5G-powered hotspot called the HTC 5G Hub. It will also carry the Galaxy S10 5G.
The smallest nationwide wireless carrier is still awaiting regulatory approval for its deal to be acquired by larger , which would create a strong No. 3 player to compete against and .
5G and foldable phones go big at MWC 2019: With international intrigue and a 5G coming-out party, this show doesn’t need the boost of a Samsung event.
Mobile World Congress 2019: Complete coverage of the world’s biggest phone show.