T-Mobile has announced that it has executed the first standalone end-to-end 5G data session in North America, and first on a multi-vendor network on a global basis.
“This major 5G breakthrough is another example of how the T-Mobile engineering team continues to innovate and drive the entire industry forward. I could not be more proud of them,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile.
Ericsson has been providing T-Mobile with equipment for multi-band 5G networks, including 600 MHz and millimeter wave (28 GHz and 39 GHz bands) products, since February 2018. Those products are part of Ericsson’s enhanced 5G platform based on 3GPP 5G New Radio standard
Current 5G networks are non-standalone, meaning devices connect to 5G and LTE simultaneously, delivering better mobile broadband speeds and performance than LTE. With standalone 5G based on a 5G next generation network, applications will be possible 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.
The standalone 5G milestone on a multi-vendor 5G next generation network was accomplished in T-Mobile’s Bellevue, Washington lab, with the insistence of Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco and MediaTek.
For more information, visit: T-Mobile’s 5G vision.