T-Mobile completes standalone 5G test ahead of launch in 2020


T-Mobile today announced that it’s achieved another 5G milestone.

T-Mo has achieved the first standalone end-to-end 5G data session in North America. What’s more, it was the first in the world on a mult-vendor 5G next generation ratio and core network. The data session was completed in T-Mobile’s lab in Bellevue, WA with help from Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, and MediaTek.

Existing 5G networks are non-standalone, meaning that the devices connect to 5G and LTE at the same time. With standalone 5G, T-Mo touts that it’ll be able to offer faster, real-time responses and massive connectivity such as mobile augmented and virtual reality, cloud gaming, and smart factories.

T-Mobile is planning to launch standalone 5G in 2020.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Jay Holm

    Things are going to change so fast in the coming decade in so many ways, can’t even begin to imagine. . .

    • John Doe

      Yes, there will be a 5 instead of a 4 at the top of your devices display and more money missing from your wallet.

  • Steven

    this back and forth made me lol… Yes, in seriousness the future is exciting, yet scary.

    • Jay Holm

      I’ll admit…yes, it is. Particularly, autonomous tech and loss of jobs. . .

  • Glenn Gore

    It will be very interesting to see what sort of service T-Mobile will be able to bring about using their Band 71 spectrum. If they are aggressive in the rollout of 5G like they were when they rolled out Band 71 itself, there will quickly be meaningful coverage, then we will see just what sort of service that spectrum is capable of.

    Right now we have no idea what that capability actually is. All we know is that millimeter wave is pretty much useless anywhere but outdoors and within spitting distance of a transmitter, which in my opinion is pretty much totally useless in any meaningful way. A service that is only available outdoors is of very limited utility. Having to go outdoors to use your cellphone beings back all those horrible memories of the beginnings of cellular service, when you had to go outside to use your phone because the closest tower was 30 miles away. I do NOT want to go back to those days again!

    T-Mobile has the opportunity to be way ahead of the pack in 5G by utilizing low-frequency spectrum. It may not have the raw capacity of millimeter wave, but the fact that it will work indoors will make all the difference in the world, and I can’t wait to see what happens.

    • Danny3xd

      +1, Glenn. We live in amazing times!

    • Sharti24

      What would be the speed of 5G vs 4G Using 5x5mhz on 600mhz?

      • Glenn Gore

        I don’t know, I am hoping someone else has that information. I don’t think T-Mobile has made anything public yet.