This past summer, T-Mobile released the results of a production network test that showed how 5G Standalone (5G SA) could deliver speeds up to 3Gbps when combined with carrier aggregation (NR CA). Now the Uncarrier has officially launched its â€œStandalone Ultra Capacity 5G.â€
T-Mobile shared the details in a press release:
â€œThe leader in 5G stands alone. T-Mobile today announced it has taken the countryâ€™s only nationwide 5G standalone (5G SA) network to the next level, lighting up Ultra Capacity 5G on 5G SA nationwide. The move immediately advances T-Mobileâ€™s network â€“ unleashing faster speeds for customers across the country while further reducing any lag in the network with lower latency, improving applications like gaming that require near real-time responsiveness. And itâ€™s another massive step toward unleashing groundbreaking new applications that will thrive on a pure 5G network.â€
The company sees 5G making a â€œmeaningful impact todayâ€ on its customers when it comes to smartphones, Home Internet, and disaster response â€œâ€˜but weâ€™re only scratching the surface on what 5G can do,â€™ said Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile.â€
While T-Mobile saw speeds up to 3Gbps in its production test this past summer and hinted that will be coming with todayâ€™s launch, donâ€™t expect to see those blazing fast speeds everywhere or on all 5G-capable devices on the network.
T-Mobile noted that the increased speeds from the 5G SA rollout will be available first for Samsung Galaxy S22 â€œin the coming weeks, and it will expand to additional devices in the near future.â€
T-Mobile hasnâ€™t shared specifics on what to expect as far as increased performance in real-world use beyond the max 3Gbps it saw in testing. But it is impressive T-Mobile will be the first carrier to deliver performance as fast or faster than 5G mmWave with mid-band spectrum.
Weâ€™ll be keeping an eye out for when the improved connectivity rolls out for iPhone users! And hereâ€™s a graphic that helps understand how carrier aggregation with SA works:
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