Days ago, T-Mobile added to their list of wireless demos, this time aiming to prove the millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum is not necessarily needed to run the trendy 5G mobile services. The carrier has been involved in the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) currently happening in Las Vegas.
T-Mobile is currently ranked the third largest US carrier, and the fact that they recently managed to do data and video calls using the 600MHz spectrum band, only makes sense. The much-discussed 600MHz band is the latest addition band to the carrier’s spectrum line. The demos were successful, thanks to the company’s live commercial network and an experiment, which was designed and created in partnership with both Intel, and Ericsson.
Moreover, T-Mobile’s latest finished milestone was a success; the setup was in accordance with the most recent 5G New Radio (NR) standards from the 3GPP. Furthermore, the company reported a successful trial of arranging for a tri-band video call that revived the new wireless technologies. The video call included three different users connected through three distinct spectrum bands; 600MHz, 28GHz, and 39GHz. The US carrier further hinted that the second experiment was important, majorly because its vision for the future of Telco includes simultaneous usage of every resource; from low and mid-band spectrum to the famous mmWave bands.
T-Mobile’s 5G connectivity approach
Elsewhere, the latest commercial launch of the 5G NR standards is strict on the legitimacy of 5G networks but also accommodates a wide range of applications, research and development implementations. T-Mobile’s 5G connectivity approach is a bit odd and unique at the moment in comparison to the other carriers. And while the company is keeping a close eye on its high band spectrums, it is also going to stay preservative of its precious 600MHz portfolio; instead, it will use it to speed up its 5G program.
Low-band frequencies are easier to implement and maintain, but the functioning of wireless speeds using those band spectrums will not compare to that of mmWave abilities. As a result, even if T-Mobile concentrates its efforts on the 600MHz band to run its initial 5g deployments, they might consider upgrading to high-band frequencies in the future. However, its second phase plan is dependent on its proposed merger with Sprint; because it requires extra spectrum bands – Sprint has them.
The two companies previously announced that their merger will create the ‘New T-Mobile’; a new carrier that will finally bring ‘5G to everyone’ – rolling out in a seamless and fair manner. The anticipated new company will also utilize underrated, yet powerful technologies such as; the carrier aggregation to bring together unprecedented bandwidth and latencies of the mmWave spectrum. We predict they will also include wireless convergence in their plans for future network’s capability to enter buildings; windows; rain and other mediums that only mmWave solutions can keep up with.
We understand that Verizon and AT&T’s current 5G plans are the most the only ones relying on mmWave solutions. We also know that the two; currently ranking above both Sprint and T-Mobile; have plans to upset their setbacks using countless cell-stations. The design of the stations creates an extensive network of edge-computing and last-mile signal delivery services.
According to AndroidHeadlines, T-Mobile went on record a while ago with its intentions to offer 5G-equipped Android devices to its users – probably in the first half of this year. They mostly took a keen interest in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 10 variant; it is rumored to pack a variety of upcoming cutting edge techs and features.
Rumor has it that the first wave of the 5G equipped devices will be powered by the famous Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 on-chip system; also paired with the 5G-supporting Snapdragon X50 modem, together with special antennas.