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.