T-Cellular is definitely not afraid to tout its personal 5G achievements, and true to type, it’s asserting one other milestone at this time: by combining three channels of mid-band spectrum on its 5G community, the corporate achieved 3Gbps community speeds. This appears to be greater than a stunt, too — T-Cellular says this expertise will change into accessible to clients on its community “later this yr.”
These 3Gbps (or 3000Mbps) speeds are approaching mmWave territory — that’s the high-band, restricted vary sort of 5G that allows you to obtain a film in seconds. Mid-band 5G sometimes reaches round 200Mbps, and that’s thought-about excellent in comparison with LTE — however T-Cellular is doing just a little tinkering behind the scenes to spice up these speeds considerably.
Extra particularly, it’s utilizing provider aggregation to mix completely different swaths of spectrum. Don’t let the phrase “provider” confuse you, both, that is T-Cellular utilizing its personal spectrum. The corporate already makes use of this expertise to mix two 2.5GHz 5G channels on some elements of its community, whereas this most up-to-date check ups speeds with an extra third channel.
Utilizing provider aggregation to point out off spectacular community speeds is nothing new — Verizon beforehand used the expertise to display speeds of 4.2Gbps on its 5G community in 2020. However T-Cellular claims to be the primary utilizing three-carrier aggregation on a dwell, standalone 5G community with a commercially accessible gadget: the Samsung Galaxy S22. By the way, T-Cellular subscribers with a Galaxy S22 will likely be “among the many first” to have the ability to use this distinctive taste of 5G when it arrives in additional locations later this yr.