T-Mobile launches standalone 5G network ahead of iPhone 12 launch
What you need to know
- T-Mobile has announced it is launching its standalone 5G network.
- It's native 5G network will cover 7,500 cities and towns in the US.
- The move comes only a few months before Apple launches its 5G iPhone.
T-Mobile has announced (opens in new tab) that it is launching its nationwide standalone architecture 5G network in the United States beginning today. The move comes only a few months before Apple releases its latest lineup of iPhones, which are expected to feature 5G connectivity.
T-Mobile had been leveraging their existing LTE networks to deploy 5G in select areas, but the new 5G architecture will be native, allowing the company to deliver faster service in more areas. Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile, says that Sprint/T-Mobile merger played a large role in their ability to launch the technology.
T-Mobile says that, in areas where SA is turned on, engineers have seen a 30% increase in speeds. With today's launch, its new 5G network will be available in 7,500 cities in the United States.
Check out the video of the announcement below:
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