Sprint is getting into 5G too.
The wireless carriers can’t stop talking about the next generation of wireless technology, which promises to be faster, more responsive and able to handle far more connected devices without breaking a sweat. T-Mobile has committed to building out a nationwide 5G network before anyone else and Verizon and AT&T will roll out trials of 5G as a home broadband service.
So it’s no surprise that Sprint wants to get in on the action. Sprint said on Wednesday that it would work with its parent, Japanese carrier SoftBank, as well as chip giant Qualcomm to develop 5G technologies using its 2.5 gigahertz band of spectrum and an early version of the 5G standard.
The company said it plans to provide commercial services and devices by late 2019.
Sprint’s just the latest to tout its move into 5G. While there’s a lot of chatter about the technology, analysts warn that it’s still years away due to the lack of access to sufficient higher frequency radio waves — necessary to offer super-high speeds.