For its first entry into 5G, Sprint has chosen Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Interestingly, AT&T also selected Atlanta and Dallas for two of its three first 5G cities. The other is Waco, Texas.
Sprint’s 5G plans call for “5G-like capabilities” to launch in aforementioned cities in early 2019. AT&T plans call for implementation on its first cities before the end of this year.
According to Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO:
The race to 5G is heating up, and let me be clear, today’s announcement is a huge step toward Sprint being first to offer a 5G mobile network. Our deep spectrum position gives us an incredible advantage no other carrier has in the U.S. We’re making significant investments using state-of-the-art technology, and working with leading chip and handset partners to deliver an incredible Next-Gen Network for our customers.
The slow arrival of 5G will eventually be good news for anyone with a mobile device. Still, I don’t expect Apple to jump on board until the 5G footprint grows much larger in the U.S. and around the world. In other words, even if you live in one of the cities mentioned above, it will be awhile before you can experience 5G on an Apple device.