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Sprint MVNOs: To Get 5G Support Soon

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Ever since the start of the year, wireless carriers have been focusing on launching their own 5G networks in the country. And with 2019 nearing its end, these companies have been successful at making 5G network available in different areas. Thankfully, customers of mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) can join in on the action real soon.

Sprint is one of the major carriers that has concentrated on launching its 5G network this year. So far, its 5G network can be experienced in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Missouri, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. Among these cities, Sprint has extended its 5G network support for MVNOs in Chicago. A company spokesperson also shared that it is aiming to expand 5G access available on MVNOs across the nine other cities.

Sprint did not disclose which of its MVNOs are already offering 5G network support. But it previously announced its plans to expand its partnerships with MVNOs to include 5G. In late February, Sprint said that Google Fi will be an early adopter of its 5G technology with the use of 2.5 GHz spectrum and Massive MIMO radio technology. Another MVNO that will be offering Sprint's 5G service is Altice USA, which earlier launched its mobile service.

As for the smaller brands, Allovi Wireless has already extended its plans to offer 5G mobile data under Sprint's network. The MVNO made the announcement in late August, but did not disclose exact timing and price. In its release, the company shared that they will start offering 5G "at the same time it will be provided from other companies".

Another Sprint MVNO that's gearing up for 5G is Gen Mobile, which Wave7 Research has noted to be currently developing a 5G strategy.

Right now, there is much to be anticipated from Sprint. Especially with its looming merger with T-Mobile, a lot still has to be laid out for its MVNO partners. If the proposed merger does happen, T-Mobile executives promise that MVNOs won't be neglected. T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert shared that "We're really pleased to support all those [existing MVNO agreements.] We won't be killing or canceling any MVNO deals."


Source: Fierce Wireless 

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  1. What about the T Mo/Sprint merger?

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  2. Is it still on? If so, how will impact Sprint and the implementation of 5G?

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