LG to supply 5G smartphone to USA carrier Sprint in 2019

17 August, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • LG to supply 5G smartphone to USA carrier Sprint in 2019

LG will roll out a smartphone in the first half of next year that will be customized to work with Sprint's proposed 5G network.

LG has done tremendous work developing technical designs that enable us to be among the first movers in 5G mobile. Today's announcement brings us one step closer to putting a beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone in our customer's hands. It also seems to solidifies the company's commitment of launching a 5G phone in the first half of the year. Sprint is usually the first in the USA to get LG's new smartphones.

Analyst reports earlier suggested that smartphone makers will be offering 5G smartphones at exorbitant prices in the initial phase of 5G launches.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told ZDNet that the carrier's 5G deployment across 30 cities this year - Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas are to have the service by 2019 - is "moving well", with the 600MHz LTE rollout beginning last year and much of the hardware being 5G NR capable.

"LG has been working side-by-side with Sprint for almost 20 years, and we are looking forward to expanding this partnership with 5G", said William Cho, LG Electronics North America President and CEO.

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Sprint's director of product development John Tudhope also revealed the LG phone will be compatible with T-Mobile, but only on the carrier's existing 4G network (via Reuters).

Massive MIMO technology is a key part of Sprint's award-winning 5G strategy.

Sprint claims 5G mobile tech will allow consumers to download full-length HD movies "in seconds, instead of minutes" with intensive gaming occurring "without delays, hiccups or time lag".

Both say they don't have the means to build a truly national 5G network on their own, but their combined spectrum and network assets mean they will be able to this more rapidly than rivals AT&T and Verizon - both of whom have more customers and spectrum than the merged company.

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