T-Mobile and Nokia have achieved their first 5G data transmission on 600 MHz spectrum, a band on which T-Mobile plans to build out a nationwide next generation network in 2020. T-Mobile and Nokia engineers completed the downlink transmission tests using global 5G standards in Spokane, Washington. The successful tests prove that low-band airwaves will provide 5G coverage across hundreds of square miles from a single tower.
“Low-band spectrum is essential for wide-area reach and reliable coverage that travels over distance, into buildings, and isn’t limited to line of sight,” according to a T-Mobile spokesman. “That broad coverage will be critical for bringing 5G to rural areas and powering mobile 5G applications, including IoT.”
T-Mobile has deployed 5G-ready Extended Range LTE equipment in the 600 MHz band in more than 1,500 cities and towns in 37 states and Puerto Rico.