T-Mobile Completes World’s First 5G Call on 600 MHz with Ericsson and Intel

T-Mobile Completes World’s First 5G Call on 600 MHz with Ericsson and Intel Image Credit: Ericsson

Along with Intel and Ericsson, T-Mobile conducted the world’s first 5G data call and video call on 600 MHz (including successful uplink and downlink communication), both on a live commercial network.

During the tests, the teams generated a 5G signal capable of covering more than a thousand square miles from a single tower! T-Mobile also accomplished a tri-band 5G video call with three users on different spectrum bands – 600 MHz, 28 GHz and 39 GHz. The tests represent a step forward for the multi-band spectrum strategy the New T-Mobile will use to blanket the country with transformative next-generation 5G technology.

The New T-Mobile, when approved, will provide 5G to customers on multiple spectrum bands, including low-band, mid-band and millimeter wave, to ensure the benefits of 5G can reach everyone. Low-band 600 MHz spectrum delivers a broad layer of 5G and provides much-needed balance to millimeter wave (mmW) – which is an important piece of the 5G puzzle – but has limited coverage (less than a square mile) and is unable to pass through most objects, like walls. Together with Sprint, the New T-Mobile will have critical mid-band spectrum to enable broad AND deep nationwide 5G coverage, said the Operator.

John Legere, CEO, T-Mobile
While the other guys focus on 5G millimeter wave on a handful of blocks in a handful of cities, we’re building 5G for everyone, everywhere! And together with Sprint, we’ll add much-needed spectrum depth, creating a truly transformative 5G network!

Sandra Rivera, SVP, Network Platform Group, Intel
This collaboration with Ericsson and T-Mobile conducted over low-band spectrum and using the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform is a major milestone on the path to enabling the first wave of these types of 5G experiences.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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