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T-Mobile Combines 5G Bands for Ridiculously Fast Network Speeds

T-Mobile isn’t shy to brag about its 5G successes, and now it’s revealing yet another one: the business has reached 3Gbps network speeds by merging three channels of mid-band spectrum on its 5G network. This appears to be more than a publicity gimmick, since T-Mobile states the technology will be available to T-Mobile users “later this year.”

Those 3Gbps (or 3000Mbps) speeds are getting close to mmWave territory, which is the high-band, limited-range 5G that lets you download a movie in seconds. T-Mobile is fiddling behind the scenes to improve mid-band 5G speeds dramatically. Mid-band 5G generally hits around 200Mbps, which is regarded quite strong compared to LTE — but T-Mobile is doing a little tinkering behind the scenes to significantly boost those speeds.

It does it by combining various swaths of bandwidth via carrier aggregation. Don’t be fooled by the name “carrier”; this is T-Mobile utilizing its own airwaves. On some portions of its network, the company already utilizes similar technology to merge two 2.5GHz 5G channels, while this latest test boosts speeds with a third channel.

Using carrier aggregation to demonstrate amazing network speeds is nothing new; Verizon utilized the technology to demonstrate 4.2Gbps speeds on their 5G network in 2020. T-Mobile, on the other hand, claims to be the first to use three-carrier aggregation with a commercially available handset on a live, standalone 5G network: the Samsung Galaxy S22. T-Mobile Galaxy S22 users will be “among the first” to be able to enjoy this special taste of 5G when it becomes available in other regions later this year.

Joe Wallace
Joe Wallace
Joe Wallace is a reporter with over two decades of experience, writing about the latest and greatest technology news. With the most experience on TheOptic team, Joe strives to help highlight the most exciting developments in the technology world, as well as bring you the latest updates on new and developing technologies from around the world.
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