As the days pass by, we are beginning to hear more and more about the plans from carriers to implement the upcoming 5G network. While AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have outlined some plans, Sprint was left in the wind a bit.
However, during an earnings call today, the company confirmed that it will bring 5G network speeds to its customers in the first half of 2019. Along with the plans to implement faster network speeds, Sprint will also be forced to increase the cost of its unlimited plans, bumping up to between $70 and $80 per line.
When looking at the rest of the competition, AT&T confirmed plans to bring its 5G network to up to 12 cities by the end of the year. Verizon will be implementing its new network in the “second half” of 2018, while T-Mobile will be waiting to implement 5G until 2020.
We are definitely in for another carrier race, especially if AT&T and Verizon end up falling behind its initial plans for rolling out 5G. This may be the time for Sprint to gain some subscribers, but the 4th largest carrier in the US will need to make sure that all of the kinks are ironed out.
Nonetheless, this all will be rather interesting to see play out as we get closer and closer to the end of the year. You can definitely expect to see more devices released with compatible Gigabit network compatibility.