T-Mobile Launches 5G SA Nationwide, Boosting 5G Coverage & Improving Latency
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. The launch immediately boosts T-Mobile's 5G coverage by 30%. It also improves the latency (responsiveness) of the 5G network by up to 40%, according to the company. The 5G network now covers nearly 250 million people in more than 7,500 cities and towns across 1.3 million square miles. Previously, T-Mobile's 5G network (like most 5G networks to date) only operated in NSA mode, which relies on a 4G LTE network for basic connectivity and setting up 5G data connections. T-Mobile's implementation of 5G NSA used a higher frequency band for the 4G connection, which restricted coverage. Now that 5G can operate on its own in band 71 (600 MHz) using SA technology, 5G coverage is much greater and can be accessed more reliably indoors.
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.
Jun 18, 2019
Facebook today announced Libra, a new digital currency that aims to combine the best features of other cryptocurrencies in order to be more consumer-friendly. The currency will be administered by the Libra Association, a new non-for-profit based in Geneva.
Jun 14, 2018
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.
Apr 4, 2019
Palm has updated its tiny Android phone to operate as its own standalone smartphone. It was originally introduced as a companion device that required a "full" smartphone to share a phone number and sync with.
Jul 21, 2020
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.
Lots of places off of highways and towns that have practically no coverage.