While 4G LTE is the current standard in mobile connectivity, it is expected that we will eventually transition to 5G, and how fast 5G will become available will also depend on how fast carriers roll it out. The good news is that as far as Sprint is concerned, they are aiming for nationwide 5G coverage by mid-2019.
This was revealed during the company’s quarterly earnings conference (via Fierce Wireless) in which according to Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure, “We’re working with Qualcomm and network and device manufacturers in order to launch the first truly mobile [5G] network in the United States by the first half of 2019. This development will put Sprint at the forefront of technology innovation on par with other leading carriers around the world … We believe our next-gen network will truly differentiate Sprint over the next couple of years.”
Of course Sprint isn’t alone in trying to roll out 5G coverage. The carrier’s competitors such as AT&T are aiming to begin rolling out coverage by late 2018 along with Verizon. T-Mobile also has plans to begin rolling out coverage starting next year with plans for nationwide coverage in 2020.