T-Mobile to Launch Standalone 5G This Quarter
T-Mobile gave an update on its 5G rollout today, including plans to launch 5G NR SA (Standalone) technology later this quarter (by the end of September at the latest). All current 5G deployments use NSA (Non-Standalone) technology, which relies on 4G as the network backbone. 5G SA technology does not rely on 4G. According to T-Mobile, this will enable the company to "expand our coverage and bring with it improved latency and faster uploads". T-Mobile also announced the launch of new 5G coverage in "Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Richmond, Va., Topeka, Kan., Sussex County, Del., and coming soon in Buffalo, N.Y." The company also announced the launch of faster 5G service in the 2.5 GHz frequency band in Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.
Dec 4, 2019
Qualcomm today revealed the full details of its first Snapdragon chip with an integrated 5G modem, the Snapdragon 765. As its model number suggests, it offers better performance than the company's 6-series chips that have previously been common to higher-end (but not "flagship") phones in the US.
Aug 4, 2020
T-Mobile today enabled SA (standalone) mode on its nationwide 5G network. T-Mobile is the first carrier in the world to launch 5G SA technology on this scale.
Feb 19, 2019
Qualcomm's new X55 standalone modem chip supports 5G in all major frequency bands as well as FDD and TDD modes. Support for FDD makes it the first chip to support T-Mobile's planned 5G network in the 600 MHz band.
Nov 12, 2018
Intel today introduced the XMM 8160, a 5G modem that will bring high-speed connectivity to mobile phones, computers, and other broadband devices in 2020. The modem supports the 5G NR spec, including both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes for fixed and mobile service.
Dec 5, 2018
Qualcomm today fully revealed the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, its top-tier system-on-a-chip heading into 2019. Qualcomm focus on a number of pillars when developing this SoC, including performance, connectivity, AI, camera, and entertainment.