T-Mobile does something that no other carrier on Earth has done before

T-Mobile does something that no other carrier on Earth has done before
After recently completing a 5G data call successfully in the wild over its low-band 600MHz spectrum, T-Mobile made another big announcement today. For the first time in North America, it completed a stand-alone 5G data session. Current 5G devices used in the handful of markets where 5G is now available, connect to 5G and LTE at the same time (non- stand-alone). What T-Mobile tested today is a network dedicated to 5G only. The wireless provider says that such networks will "supercharge" those phone applications based on AR and VR that depend on a real-time response from the user. It also will help the user experience with cloud gaming, improve productivity in smart factories, and perhaps power self-driving vehicles.

And for the first time ever on this planet (we don't know if the aliens are on 6G), the aforementioned data session was completed using "a multi-vendor 5G next-generation radio and core network." The companies involved in this test are names you should all be familiar with such as Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, and MediaTek. 5G will provide consumers with download dataspeeds 10 times faster than 4G LTE download speeds. A movie that used to take minutes to download on your phone will take seconds on 5G. Once 5G becomes available in the U.S. coast-to-coast, something T-Mobile says will take place next year, new industries will be developed. The U.S. economy is very likely to get a shot in the arm once this all takes place.

A combined T-Mobile-Sprint will offer data speeds 4 to 6 times faster than the two remained separate companies


A 5G driven economy is likely to create new jobs and this was one of the arguments that T-Mobile has been making in order to win U.S. regulatory approval of its merger with Sprint. The carrier feels that the combination of its low-band airwaves (which travel farther and penetrate buildings well) and its mmWave ultra high-frequency holdings (that have higher dataspeeeds and capacity, but only travel short distances and don't penetrate structures well) will blend perfectly with Sprint's mid-band spectrum. The 2.5GHz hoard owned by Sprint, combined with T-Mobile's 600MHz will be an important part of T-Mobile's sub-6GHz 5G service. Verizon plans to use only mmW spectrum for its 5G network, which means it might take longer for Big Red to build out a nationwide 5G network than T-Mobile.


T-Mobile has been pushing hard to complete the merger, and the company says that by 2024, the New T-Mobile (the merged T-Mobile-Sprint) will have eight times the 5G network capacity than a stand-alone T-Mobile and Sprint. And even better, 5G dataspeeds will be four to six times faster than if the pair remained separate companies. And these improvements can be traced to the use of T-Mobile's low-band spectrum  together with Sprint's mid-band airwaves.


Last week, the Department of Justice approved the $26.5 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint after the pair agreed to sell some assets to Dish Network. The latter will create a "fourth nationwide facilities-based network competitor," a fancy term for saying that Dish will replace Sprint as the fourth-largest carrier in the states. And Dish will be building out its own stand-alone 5G network while operating as an MVNO while the construction takes place.

Only one thing is preventing this merger from closing. That's a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general in 13 states and the attorney general of Washington D.C. The suit aims to block the merger and a trial might not get underway until December.

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19 Comments

1. liteon163

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

You need to label this "article" an advertisement...

3. Galen20K

Posts: 576; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

why, because you don't care for the facts in this article? doesn't make it any less true, just because it isn't fashioned to your own personal bias.

2. utopia2244

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Alan friedman, the master of writing clickbait style titles. The worst reporter PA has.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 576; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

the equipment used for their 5G were made by Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, and MediaTek, Thank Goodness Absolutely no Huawei equipment was used. Thank you T-Mobile for doing the right thing, and not giving into that nefarious company, or their apologists. i guess certain people in the world, still has a shred of credibility.

17. MikeBradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

Hey smoking Galen, if your little brain doesn't know, MediaTek and most of the other three are Asian companies. Maybe HQ in USA, maybe they'll all move everything to Asia, thanks to your boss Donald......

6. ECPirate37

Posts: 331; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Why do we need 5G? I don't need to download movies on my phone super quickly. I can use wifi. And I've yet to see something that I NEED 5G for in the wild. AR can be done with 4G LTE, so can just about every other application needed. I have yet to see any article stating exactly WHY we need this. Not trying to be bitter, because I love New technology, but I haven't read a single article explaining how this will actually make things better.

8. toddlange

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 31, 2019

Did you post this on your 300 baud dial-up modem? There are plenty of articles out there why faster is better. One reason is for home internet service providing another alternative and more competition in the market place. It's human nature to continually improve and advance.

12. adammalik

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

Totally agree with you. 5G will not be a good option for home internet. For phone, they must complete 4G LTE network first and then 5, 6 or 7G. Also its so easy to display 5G sign on phone. Who knows whats the reality.

18. MikeBradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

Nice that U can use wifi, unfortunately for many of us non-smokers, a ready cell tower for phone calls and 4GLTE unlimited/unlimited/unlimited works for us, since there's no wifi out in the mountains of S. Calif......whadda moro.....

19. tamorella unregistered

I would love to have 5G, my service stalls sometimes on 4G or WiFi even though I'm connected to the internet via a ethernet cable @ home with high speed internet. Actually I want a T line or a fiber cable. (I think they are the same thing.). They are really fast and never, ever lag or have downtime.

7. suavemezie

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

But they're still getting 480 mbps on their 5G

10. aliadils3d

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

5G is already available in Qatar since 8 months. It was the first country in the world to go live on 5G.

16. MikeBradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

Suave is full of it. Qatar is per capita one of the wealthiest countries on earth. Do you even think a little that it means the U.S. lags far behind??? Of course Asia and EU will have it first. It was manufactured in Asia (and most likely, conceived and born and raised in Asia, at least out of wedlock with ummmmmm.....the hightest IQ brains that ever existed).....

11. adammalik

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

This 5G war is so BS. They are not 100% successful at spreading 4G LTE as of now. And they already started this 5G war. 4G doesnt even work all the places at promised speed. I had many hiccups even in the city area, not congested though. Its a just a way to attract and fool consumers. Sprint is such liar. Still is the last of 4 carrier. T mobile is still the 3rd even after all those BS offer from the CEO. This is the fact from my experience.

14. MikeBradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

Adam, that's like saying USB 3 is all B.S., but now that hindsight is 20-20, don't you feel a little like a jerk for posting that USB 3 is so BS ??? True 5G is backward compatible to 4G LTE, and you would have to be a complete, total, moronic neophyte (a.k.a. a "noob") to think either that work on 4G LTE will stop (since any towers or boxes 5G capable MUST support 4G LTE, otherwise, they really couldn't call it True 5G (the 5G association would sue their rears off).

13. MikeBradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

I well understand the jealous people who work in a dead industry like BDDVD's, complaining that this article is only a "free" ad. No, it's an article published about cutting (a.k.a., we used to correct customers and actually say, "I'm sorry sir, but we call it "leading edge technology". The joke around cust. svc., was that it was really, "bleeding edge technology", so goes the life of one on the forefront of technology.......I'm absolutely 1000% certain the publishers and author of both this article and this website agree......hey, there's a FIRST TIME for everything. Good article. Now I know why (even if you don't) Sprint HAD to merge with T-Mobile. Smart way they played it for sure. Mucho Kudos to them. Anyone who argues is......"A COMPETITOR." Of course your enemies don't like it, and want it stopped......now you can laugh at them and say, "too bad, so sad, lol, Charlie We WON..."

15. MikeBradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

BLASTING out this announcement - thanks to 5G (sorta), I got 10 BD's of fairly good movies, some of them A grade, Nic Cage, etc. - for $ 2 apiece at Big Lots this weekend (hope I'm not banned for promoting one of my all-time favorite discount stores).

20. jetstu

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 02, 2019

I know this is all about T-Mobile and 5G. But I have an underlying statement. Why was it was so easy for AT&T to obtain Directv and Time Warner that clearly made competition stalled for the consumers. I don’t see no 3 or 4th satellite company formed ? Yet T Mobile has diligently worked with DOJ and FCC and now lawyers have to stick their business where it doesn’t belong. Dish is stepping in to help. So for goodness sake just let this merger complete. I’m a fan of T-Mobile as a consumer and they already have been a game changer !

21. litchie

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 27, 2016

Hot damn I am foaming at the bit to get these speeds. When it's all said and done vr cloud gaming will be incredibly cool. I just bought the Alcatel 3T like an idiot, 1) Boston won't be seeing it for god knows how long and 2) it a piece of s**t period. Though a better piece of s**t than the Alcatel A30 which now a coaster for the table.

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