T-Mobile wants you to know it’s not standing still when it comes to 5G.
“We are going to push the envelope and make sure we are ready for 5G,” T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told attendees at CCA’s 2016 conference on Tuesday – and he wasn’t kidding.
The Un-carrier on Tuesday announced a set of successful 5G trials with Ericsson and Nokia that reached speeds of more than 12 gbps and latencies under 2 milliseconds.
According to a release from Ericsson, the pair conducted a successful 5G trial in August that included what it said was the “first ever” uninterrupted voice call between 4G and 5G networks using Ericsson’s 5G radio prototype and T-Mobile’s LTE network and devices.
Ericsson said the trial, which was conducted at Ericsson’s facilities, demonstrated throughput speeds of more than 12 gbps for 5G downloads and latency of less than 2 milliseconds.
Nokia on Tuesday also announced successful 5G testing with T-Mobile using Nokia’s AirScale radio platform on T-Mobile’s 28 GHz spectrum. Nokia said the tests demonstrated “industry leading” connection speeds and latency of 1.8 milliseconds while streaming four simultaneous 4K videos.
T-Mobile and Nokia have also partnered on 5G demonstrations at the Un-carrier’s experience center, including ultra-definition virtual reality, extreme industry automation, massive connectivity and multi-connectivity, Nokia said.
The pair is planning further network testing and application validation, Nokia said.
In addition to Ericsson and Nokia, T-Mobile revealed during CTIA’s Super Mobility show earlier this month that it will also be teaming up with Samsung on still more 5G trials. As with the Nokia testing, the Samsung trials will utilize T-Mobile’s 28 GHz spectrum alongside Samsung’s 5G concept system. Additional trials will continue through early 2017 with Samsung’s pre-commercial 28 GHz system, Samsung said.