T-Mobile achieves 1Gbps speed on its LTE network and teases 5G for 2020

T-Mobile achieves 1Gbps speed on its LTE network and teases 5G for 2020
T-Mobile released a video today showing an unreleased and unknown phone running over the carrier's LTE network at a speed of nearly 1Gbps. According to the carrier's CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile was able to achieve this speed using three carrier aggregation, 4 x 4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) and 256 QAM.

MIMO increases data speed by adding more connections between a cell site and a customer's phone. QAM increases the number of bits per transmission, increasing data speeds. Carrier aggregation allows carriers to join together multiple spectrum channels to increase the size of the "pipe," increasing capacity and speed. Think about how much faster your commute is in the morning when there is a holiday and fewer people are going to work. It is not a perfect analogy, but close enough.

According to Ray, this feat was accomplished in a lab. "This is the fastest speed possible on a mobile device today and T-Mobile will absolutely be first to Gigabit speeds!," said the executive, posting on T-Mobile's media relations website. Taking a cue from his boss, Ray also knocked Verizon, AT&T and Sprint for various things. Verizon was called out for making a big deal about its LTE Advanced service. According to T-Mobile's CTO, the main technology behind it, carrier aggregation, has been employed by T-Mobile since 2014. Sprint was taken to task for having an LTE network 40% slower on downloads than T-Mobile, and 60% slower on uploads.

T-Mobile also released a video teasing a 2020 launch of 5G. As T-Mobile's Technical chief pointed out, so many things are possible now thanks to 4G and the same will happen when 5G launches. Based on T-Mobile's video, we will see features like AR Navigation, Instant Translation, Real Time pricing comparisons, and more. While testing 5G, T-Mobile has already demonstrated mobile data speeds as fast as 1.8Gbps using 8 x 8 MIMO.

Check out a pair of videos released by T-Mobile by clicking on the video slideshow below.

source: T-Mobile



3. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

Go Tmobile!!!

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ring it T-Mobile. Verizon, you know what you can do?

6. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

How about coverage instead....

7. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Meanwhile im over here getting 1.5 -2mbps tops in los angeles on my s7 edge from tmobile that supports all their lte bands jaja

8. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

unlimited until 20 gig data cap resched reached---at that speed accomplished in 2 hours or less. then throttled to A snells pace for the remainder of the month. sounds good on paper and nice headline

9. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012


11. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Bring back unlimited data (and affordable) plans.

12. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Don't they cap you or do some other nonsense while having coverage on major cities and interstates? Some have stated 480p video but what else?

14. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Why wait 3 years when Verizon's 5G could be rolling out in months? In fact, 5G is already available (although still testing as far I know) in certain towns around Verizon HQ (all of them near me - lucky me) in NJ.

15. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Eh verizon dont work as good as At&t or tmobile here in los angeles so ill wait.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

5G is far from going mainstream in Sweden or Korea and you expect us to believe that we're about to see it in a country with average speeds and technologies like USA?! Just lol!

17. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

U cant compare the size of sweden and korea to the US. IN THE US phone companies have a lot more to cover. The reason sweden and korea have faster speeds is cuz their smaller and the population is not alot compared to the US. and besides speeds in the US aint that bad we have tmobile and verizon that get 100 mbps across the US in MANY states on average wich is not bad .

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm not comparing the sizes, I'm comparing internet development level, and that is average at best in USA. The average, for both carriers, is 10-20 Mbps so the speeds you're talking about are just happy mistakes :). PS: you should know that size is only partially important; US can work on implementing 5G in an important area like N-E and that fact that it doesn't, tells us that it's a 3rd world country when it comes to mobile technologies.

19. ShadowHammer

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

While I agree that the US doesn't lead the world in data speeds, I think comparing it to countries like South Korea is disingenuous. S. Korea is about the size of the state of Indiana, and crams in ~51 million people (a little less than 1/6 US population. Also, about half of that population is contained in the Seoul metropolitan area. So, S. Korea can set up nice mobile speeds in one metropolitan area, and literally cover 50% of their population. That's a heck of a lot cheaper to implement. Way less towers, less power requirements, less property leases, less govt red tape, etc. So, while size isn't everything, it is still a large obstacle to overcome, with logistics that a smaller area just doesn't have to deal with. That being said, I also think greedy providers are holding back network speed progress, but I don't have any proof.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Some dude told us that a us carrier is about to launch 5G so my natural response was to tell him that pioneer countries in telecommunications, like Sweden, have a long way to go and us is, naturally, far behind them. On another note, us carriers could have used a great urban area - New York for instance - to test and launch new technology, but they didn't and they won't. So size is no excuse.

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