Even as it has been making strides toward the T-Mobile merger, Sprint grew its capex $1.2 billion year-over-year for the fourth consecutive quarter as it nearly doubled the number of Massive multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) antennas on-air with 3,000 units deployed.
Massive MIMO is a breakthrough technology that improves network capacity and is at the foundation of Sprint’s. The company is using 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) Massive MIMO antennas in its “True Mobile 5G” network, which enables it to simultaneously deliver LTE and 5G New Radio (NR) service.
True Mobile 5G from Sprint is available in areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City, and the company expects to launch service in areas of Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks. Once all nine metro areas are launched, Sprint’s mobile 5G network will cover approximately 2,100 square miles and 11 million people. 5G capable smartphones are being offered from LG and Samsung, and a hotspot device is available from HTC.
As it launches its own 5G network, Sprint said it continues to believe that a merger with T-Mobile is critical to accelerate the deployment of a ubiquitous, nationwide 5G network.
“The combined company is expected to have the resources and technology to build a 5G network that fuels innovation across every industry, dramatically increasing competition, unleashing new economic growth, and creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in U.S. economic value,” Sprint said in its press release. “Together, the combined company is expected to lead the world in next-generation technology services and applications, bringing 5G service to nearly all Americans.”