Sprint to trial 5G in June

05 May 2016 |


Sprint will be trialling its 5G millimetre wave technology at the Centennial Copa America Soccer event this June.

The telco – the official sponsor of the tournament – will collaborate with Nokia and Ericsson to demonstrate the 5G capabilities using millimetric band radios. 

“We are participating in the development of the global 5G standard, and we’re collaborating with our partners and other companies on the 5G opportunity,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint's CEO. 

“We view our 2.5GHz spectrum at the low band spectrum of 5G and Sprint is well-positioned for 5G with the spectrum holdings of more than 160MHz of 2.5 spectrum on average across the top 100 US markets, giving Sprint more high band capacity than any other carrier in the United States.”

The tournament, which begins June 3 and ends June 26, consists of 32 matches held in 10 cities across the US, including Arizona, Santa Clara, Chicago and Florida.

Following a series of successful field trials from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have also announced plans to launch 5G trials later this year.