Sprint Thinks its 5G Smart Hub Can Replace In-Home Internet Connections
Just as we’re talking about pumping the brakes on the 5G excitement, here comes Sprint with the bold claim that their forthcoming 5G Smart Hub device will be powerful enough for customers to use as their primary in-home internet connection. That’s at least according to Sprint VP of Product Engineering and Development Ryan Sullivan in an interview with PCMag late last week.
"You'll start to see us dip our toe into the water in home internet access with the products that we announce in 2019," Sullivan said. The hub will be good enough to serve "small households, apartment dwellers, even small businesses" for primary internet access, he told the publication.
While an interesting thought, Sprint’s ability to excel in the in-home internet market really depends on the outcome of the planned merger with T-Mobile—something that’s still up in the air. Sprint, at the moment, has plans to launch its 5G network in nine cities in early 2019—again showing that this will be a slow and methodical launch of the next-gen network. The combined New T-Mobile (as it would be called) would help with those numbers, and perhaps put the new company in a position to compete with the Comcasts and Charters of the world for in-home broadband access.