Kansas City one of 9 cities to test next-generation wireless Sprint service

Posted at 4:43 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 19:51:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Kansas cell phone users will be among the first in the country to experience 5G wireless speeds.

The others include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, Los Angeles, New York and Phoenix.

The company plans to launch the service in Kansas City in the first half of 2019. Some Sprint customers in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles are already able to use the service.

Tyler Herndon owns Set Cell in Westport. He explained that the 5G network will do more than speed up navigation on cell phones.

"If you look at 20 years back and see how we used the internet and how limited we were due to the speed; well, if you look 20 years in the future and times that by 10 you'll be able to see or try to see what we'll be able to do," said Herndon.

"This is an infrastructure to connect more people and more things to each other and of course the motto is the faster the better and so that's really the motto the 5G network is going to run off of," Herndon added.

The Set Cell owner said Sprint's new 5G network will improve health care access, managing utilities and functions in their home, and entertainment options.

The national rollout of the service was listed as one of the abilities of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.