T-Mobile Launches World's First Nationwide Standalone 5G Network
This is some next level 5G. T-Mobile (News - Alert) (NASDAQ: TMUS) announced today it is the FIRST IN THE WORLD to launch a commercial nationwide standalone architecture (SA) 5G network. The move immediately expands the Un-carrier's 5G footprint - already the nation's largest - to nearly 2,000 additional cities and towns, brings 5G deeper into buildings and sets the stage for future groundbreaking applications. In other words, SA 5G is the future, and T-Mobile is leading the charge to bring it to life.
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To celebrate the milestone and the arrival of 5G for the first time in hundreds of small towns across America, T-Mobile used drones to light up the sky over Lisbon, ND, letting people in the small town know "5G is here". The Un-carrier plans similar celebrations in the future. Click this link to check out the video!
"Since Sprint became part of T-Mobile, we've been rapidly combining networks for a supercharged Un-carrier while expanding our nationwide 5G footprint, and today we take a massive step into the future with standalone 5G architecture," said Neville Ray (News - Alert), President of Technology at T-Mobile. "This is where it gets interesting, opening the door for massive innovation in this country - and while the other guys continue to play catch up, we'll keep growing the world's most advanced 5G network."
Taking 5G Next-Level
In the near-term, SA allows T-Mobile to unleash its entire 600 MHz footprint for 5G. With non-standalone network architecture (NSA), 600 MHz 5G is combined with mid-band LTE to access the core network, but without SA the 5G signal only goes as far as mid-band LTE. With today's launch, 600 MHz 5G can go beyond the mid-band signal, covering hundreds of square miles from a single tower and going deeper into buildings than before. Thanks to T-Mobile's ongoing 5G build, and by flipping the switch on SA, the Un-carrier has immediately increased its 5G footprint by 30 percent - now covering 1.3 million square miles in more than 7,500 cities and towns across the country.
Oh, how times have changed.
It's a new era in wireless, and T-Mobile holds the 5G coverage crown. Adding the SA coverage boost to America's first and largest nationwide 5G network, T-Mobile further dwarfs the competition. The Un-carrier's 5G network is more than two times bigger than AT&T's (News - Alert) and more than 10,000 times bigger than Verizon's! Just look at the maps, and it's clear why Verizon customers can only connect to 5G ZERO-POINT-FOUR percent of the time.
Building the future takes a lot of work. To make the world's first nationwide commercial SA 5G network a reality, T-Mobile partnered closely with Cisco and Nokia to build its 5G core, and Ericsson and Nokia for state-of-the-art 5G radio infrastructure. OnePlus, Qualcomm (News - Alert) Technologies and Samsung have helped the Un-carrier ensure existing devices can access SA 5G with a software update, based on compatibility.
For more information about T-Mobile's 5G vision, visit: www.t-mobile.com/5g. To see all the places you'll get T-Mobile's current 5G down to a neighborhood level, check out the map here: www.t-mobile.com/coverage/5g-coverage-map.
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