T-Mobile has completed successful 5G data session in its Bellevue, Washington lab with the help of industry leaders, including Ericsson and is planning to introduce standalone 5G in 2020.
For this over-the-air standalone 5G data session, T-Mobile used AIR 6488 radio and Baseband 6630 from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio.
Current 5G networks are non-standalone (NSA), meaning devices connect to 5G and LTE simultaneously, delivering better mobile broadband speeds and performance than with LTE alone.
Considered the ultimate 5G technology, Standalone New Radio (SA NR) – coupled with cloud-native 5G Core – will provide better support for all use cases and unlock the power of next-generation mobile technology. It will supercharge applications that require real-time responses and massive connectivity such as mobile augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), cloud gaming, smart factories and meters, and connected vehicles. Ericsson has been providing T-Mobile with equipment for multi-band 5G networks since 2018.