T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) says it’s conducted the first standalone end-to-end 5G data session in North America and the first in the world on a multi-vendor 5G next generation radio and core network. The over-the-air transmission marks a leap forward in realizing the true potential of 5G with new services, ultra-low latency, and even greater coverage and capacity than existing networks, according to the carrier.
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray called the event “another example of how the T-Mobile engineering team continues to innovate and drive the entire industry forward. 5G brings a new era in wireless, and if our merger with Sprint is approved, the New T-Mobile will bring together the resources and vision necessary to ensure America has a network that’s second to none.”
Current 5G networks are non-standalone, meaning devices connect to 5G and LTE simultaneously, delivering better mobile broadband speeds and performance than LTE, according to the carrier. With standalone 5G based on a 5G next generation network, T-Mobile says it’s paving the way for applications that require real-time responses and massive connectivity such as mobile augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), cloud gaming, smart factories and meters and even connected vehicles.
To complete the successful data session in its Bellevue, Washington lab, T-Mobile enlisted the help of Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco and MediaTek. T-Mobile plans to introduce standalone 5G in 2020.
August 2, 2019
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