T-Mobile sets 5G uplink speed record in the US

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T-Mobile has achieved a new 5G milestone, recording the fastest ever uplink speed on a 5G standalone network in North America.

In a recent test, T-Mobile hit a blazing fast upload speed of 345 Mbps using sub-6 GHz spectrum. This shatters the company’s previous record of 275 Mbps.  

The breakneck speed was made possible thanks to a new technology called UL Tx switching, which enables seamless switching between different frequencies to boost capacity and speed. By combining UL Tx switching with other cellular technologies like carrier aggregation and SU-MIMO, T-Mobile created more “lanes” for data to travel faster than ever between devices and the network.

“This achievement is a testament to our relentless pursuit of innovation and our commitment to delivering an even better network experience to our customers,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, President of Technology at T-Mobile.

“Uplink transmit switching has the potential to significantly boost upload speeds and capacity, and we implore our partners around the globe to build the capability into the 5G ecosystem moving forward.”

Faster upload speeds will be critical as 5G enables more data-intensive use cases like content creation, remote collaboration, gaming, and extended reality (XR). T-Mobile collaborated with Qualcomm and Nokia on the achievement.

“We are proud to work with T-Mobile to achieve another important 5G milestone,” said Durga Malladi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Technology Planning & Edge Solutions at Qualcomm. 

“Switched uplink has the potential to reach these incredible upload speeds through smart, dynamic use of TDD and FDD spectrum in the device. Switched uplink will serve the growing demand for upload-heavy user applications, devices, and use cases such as smartphones, fixed wireless access, mobile broadband, and more.”

T-Mobile’s 5G network covers over 330 million people across two million square miles. Over 300 million people nationwide have access to its super-fast mid-band Ultra Capacity 5G.

“We are proud to work with our long-term partner, T-Mobile on this important and significant achievement that will enhance the uplink speed and capacity of their 5G network – the largest and fastest in the US – and deliver an even better experience for customers,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia.

“By working closely and collaboratively with our partners we can push the boundaries of what is possible with 5G.”

(Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash)

See also: Nokia and Dell extend partnership for network cloud transformation

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