As an industry affiliate, Sprint will gain early access to internationally recognized research, work with students and faculty on 5G-oriented projects, and have access to a ready pipeline of engineering talent at NYU WIRELESS. Sprint will also contribute technical expertise on network design, use cases, and architecture requirements for core and radio access 5G networks and the devices that will access them.
In a separate development with Qualcomm Technologies and SoftBank, Sprint recently agreed to develop technologies for mobile 5G, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard in Band 41 (2.5 GHz) for accelerated wide-scale 5G deployments. The companies plan to provide commercial services and devices in late 2019. The announcement builds on Sprint's demonstration last summer, when it was the first carrier in the world to showcase 5G at a large scale public event – the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament – using 15 GHz and 73 GHz spectrum.
"We're focused on delivering mobile 5G in late 2019 using our 2.5 GHz spectrum to provide broad nationwide 5G coverage with millimeter wave bands serving as high-capacity, high-throughput hotspots," said Dr. Ron Marquardt, Vice President of Technology, Sprint. "Our work with NYU WIRELESS will be instrumental for practical use of this spectrum and ensuring strong integration between these bands."