I was taking a look at the HTC 5G Hub that's supposed to be launching on Sprint sometime this month. It looks like it could technically be Sprint's first foray into the WISP space. On HTC's site they mention it as a sort of replacement for your WiFi router with the ability to connect up to 20 devices to it. I wonder what data caps will be on this when it launches and what they plan on charging people for using it?
It seems to be a lot of things smashed into one device. It's combining a wireless router, a streaming box, and a cloud gaming device all into one. It also has support for pretty much every U.S. LTE band.
Sprint announced at MWC trade show in Barcelona that 5G will go live with 4 cities starting in May (Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City )
Sprint announced the MVNO Google Fi will use its network for 5G in a press release (that is, once there are actually 5G capable phones compatible with Google Fi someday):
This is the first I've heard about Fi and 5G so far. Google has pretty much kept mum on the topic, so I'm somewhat encouraged.
It seems Sprint is going to try to leap frog to 5g, rolling out a year from now. What's actually required for them to do that ? How much is hardware vs software ? For instance, is a b41 antenna all the hardware required , only the software needs to be updated ? Does it require 8T8R antenna ? If an antenna is updated to 5g, will it still work for 4g or only 5g ?
Though they've been dragging their feet, I imagine that the city of El Paso will be taken care of sooner rather than later. License Acquisitions, on the other hand, has been a constant PITA throughout the rebanding process. I'm guessing that they've been hoping for some financial windfall from Sprint in exchange for their cooperation. They've been stalling for years. Whatever it is that they're looking for, they need to just go away at this point.
The network we will all be on eventually. (Core/Host network) T-Mobile's network is the host network... then when you add the equipment from Sprint, and the frequencies and band width, you end up with the New T Mobile Network.
Remember 2 years ago... the plan was to add and bulk up the T mobile network... then transition all the Sprint people to the T Mo network. Sprint's network would be taken apart and equipment and some sites would be reused. Hope that helps you understand.