T-Mobile has achieved a new milestone in the U.S. 5G landscape, announcing the successful test of 5G standalone millimeter wave (mmWave) on its production network.
In collaboration with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, the Un-carrier combined eight channels of mmWave spectrum, achieving download speeds exceeding 4.3 Gbps. Notably, this accomplishment was attained without relying on low-band or mid-band spectrum for connection stability.
Additionally, T-Mobile aggregated four channels of mmWave spectrum on the uplink, achieving speeds surpassing 420 Mbps.
5G mmWave technology is recognized for its remarkable speed due to its substantial capacity. However, its limitation in traversing obstacles makes it less suitable for mobile users on the move. T-Mobile addresses this challenge by employing a multi-band spectrum strategy, utilizing low-band coverage nationwide and mid-band and high-band (Ultra Capacity) for exceptionally fast speeds. The recent test of 5G mmWave on 5G standalone aims to enhance connectivity in crowded areas like stadiums and explores potential applications in fixed wireless services.
Ulf Ewaldsson, president of Technology at T-Mobile highlighted the strategic use of millimeter wave spectrum in diverse scenarios, such as crowded venues or powering fixed-wireless access in conjunction with 5G standalone technology.
T-Mobile maintains its position as the leader in 5G, boasting the largest, fastest, and most acclaimed 5G network in the country. The Un-carrier’s 5G network spans over 330 million people across two million square miles, surpassing the combined coverage of AT&T and Verizon. With Ultra Capacity 5G, T-Mobile offers coverage to 300 million people, outpacing competitors in both reach and square miles covered.
In addition to its prowess in mobile networks, T-Mobile has emerged as the fastest-growing home internet provider in the United States, according to company officials. The availability of 5G Home Internet to over 50 million homes, along with Small Business Internet and Business Internet services, positions T-Mobile as a viable alternative for millions seeking fast, reliable, and hassle-free internet connectivity, potentially disrupting traditional ISPs.