T-Mobile touts standalone 5G firsts with top modem and network vendors

To get 5G hardware into the marketplace more rapidly, standards organization 3GPP and leading hardware makers launched “non-standalone 5G” a version of 5G that can achieve much faster download speeds than 4G, but still depends on some 4G network hardware, limiting its overall performance and potential. Today, T-Mobile announced a number of major steps towards the rollout of a standalone (SA) 5G network, notably including 5G voice, video, and data “world’s firsts” using products from multiple leading hardware vendors.

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