Sprint Working with Nokia & Ericsson to Trial 5G Next Month
May 4, 2016
We’ve already heard that Verizon and AT&T are running trials of 5G this year, and Verizon has even gone as far as saying they’ll have a few key markets launching before the year is out. T-Mobile has said that they are going to sit back a bit and wait for the actual standards to be decided on for 5G, before they commit to anything but are starting field tests later this year. Sprint has been quiet. That was until their Q4 2015 earnings this past Tuesday. The company’s CEO, Marcelo Claure said that they would be doing trials of 5G at the Copa America Soccer event next month. Claure also mentioned that his company is working with Nokia and Ericsson to demonstrate the capabilities of 5G.
The Centennial Copa America is a soccer tournament that runs from June 3rd through the 26th and is taking place at 10 different stadiums around the country. These include Chicago; Houston; Philadelphia; Glendale, AZ; Pasadena and Santa Clara, CA; Seattle; Orlando; East Rutherford, NJ; and Foxborough, MA. Sprint didn’t announce which two stadiums they will run these tests at, but did note that they will be demonstrating 5G at two stadiums during the tournament.