T-Mobile hits record 5G throughput speeds on Sprint's spectrum with the OnePlus 8
Verizon's mmWave 5G network may be the fastest commercially available 5G coverage in the US due to its exclusive high-bands utilization, but T-Mobile just achieved something equally spectacular by using... the 2.5GHz spectrum acquired thanks to its merger with Sprint.
More precisely, by partnering with Ericsson and creating a "16-layer multi-user multi-input multi-output (MU-MIMO) demonstration," T-Mobile managed to hit 5.6Gbps 5G throughput on just one channel, split between eight devices.
T-Mobile is pretty proud of its tests:This means that each of the OnePlus 8 5G phones was getting served more than 700Mbps from a radio that would've served just one before 5G hit the tape. Needless to say,
That's one of the big 5G network promises - the ability to hook up much more 5G-enabled devices to one and the same tower or base station, and all of them enjoying blazing fast speeds, virtually eliminating the dreaded network congestion and gridlock at peak times or events.
There's still a lot of work to do for T-Mobile to fully integrate Sprint's network, but the mid-band it acquired with the merger, is already paying off, it seems: