LG and Sprint Scramble to Offer 5G Phone

LG and Sprint Scramble to Offer 5G Phone
LG aims to offer the first 5G handset for Sprint's next-generation phone network.

(CCM) — Sprint has teamed up with LG to cook up a 5G smartphone in time for the launch of its ultra-fast next generation cellular network in the first half of 2019, according to a report on The Next Web.

Parts of Sprint's 5G network are due to go live in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington DC in the early part of next year, but as yet there are no phones that can take advantage of the high data speeds that the network will offer. No details of the new phone have been released beyond the fact that LG is developing it for the Sprint service.

Sprint expects that its new network will offer data speeds that are ten times higher than today's fourth-generation LTE networks. During tests earlier this year Sprint's 5G network achieved download speeds of 100 Mbps, compared to just 8 Mbps for LTE networks.

Verizon is also expected to launch part of its 5G network in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and one more location, sometime in 2019. The company has teamed up with Motorola, which has developed an add-on module for its Moto Z3 handset that includes a 5G modem. When connected to the add-on module, the Moto Z3 will be able to take advantage of the high data speeds offered by Verizon's 5G network.

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