Tied to the release this morning of results for its second fiscal quarter of 2018, Sprint said it has installed support for that spectrum band on 70 percent of its larger cell sites. That spectrum is currently supporting the carrier's 4G LTE service, but with pending software upgrades to those towers and the installation of massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas it will be able to support 5G services.
Sprint remains on track to commercially launch mobile 5G services in nine markets early next year. CTO John Saw previously noted that Sprint plans to use around 60 megahertz of its 2.5 GHz spectrum to support those 5G services.
Downplaying rivals by stressing the use of 2.5GHz spectrum for better coverage, better than millimeter wave.