In September, T-mobile in the US announced that it supports 4*4 MIMO as well as QAM 256 on download and QAM 64 on the upload side.
The first phone to get this support was the Samsung Galaxy S7 and it looks like in 2017, T mobile will get you to 1Gbps class speeds or speeds up to 979 Mbps.
If this number sounds familiar, you are right to match it with the snapdragon x16 modem speed. This is, up to date; the greatest modem even released by anyone and was launched as a objective feature in February 2016.
Back in November, Qualcomm announced that the Snapdragon 835, a new 10nm SOC will feature the Snapdragon X16, Gigabit class modem inside.
T mobile’s chief Technology Officer Neville Ray has talked a bit about the network innovations and 1Gbps speeds in the latter part of 2016.
The corporation was the first operator in the US to launch 4*4 MIMO and 256 64 QAM in 2016 and just before the end of the year it showcased close to 1 Gbps on T-mobile’s LTE association in the lab.
To get to this speed, it used a grouping of three carrier aggregation, 4*4 MIMO and 256 QAM on and an un-released handset.
You can bet that this is a Snapdragon 835 device, simply as no one from the opposition has a 1 Gbit class modem right now.
Snapdragon 835 will be the first and we expect to see dozen of high end phones launching with it around late February time at the Mobile World Congress 2017.
Very fast 4G superior with speeds up to and later an exciting 1Gbps will serve as a great organisation for 5G. Australia’s Telstra is the world’s first network to launch a 1 Gbps service and Fudzilla had a chance to see appearance back at Qualcomm’s 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong.
It looks like T-Mobile and a few others around the world will increase their speeds from 300/400 Mbps all the way to 600 and Gbps speeds.
Remember, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem is academic to sample in the latter part of 2017 and we should see some devices in time for the Winter Olympic in Pyeongchang 2018, Korea, planned to start on February 9th 2018. We are just 13 months from that time, the time of a few Gbps download speeds.
For several years, T-mobile has had no problems propping up its own feature and service while knocking down the competition. That did not change much with its end of year wrap up, but it least contains a few nuggets of information worth slowing away for the coming year.
In terms of networks, most of the hype surrounds 5G even though the standard remains undefined, and it will require all new infrastructures.
Most mobile networks and manufactures have circled 2020 as the year 5G will take off. T-mobile was not that particular in its wrap-up, though the self described “Uncarrier” admits it will take “several more years until we see we see a proper 5G roll out of some kind”.
The Uncarrier also announced it covers 313 million people in the U.S, one million shy of Verizon’s coverage. This isn’t the same as the number of people that are served, and one million people is a huge chunk to be left out.
That said, the figure is still impressive when you consider where T-mobile is positioned relative to Verizon and AT&T.
T-Mobile has prosperity to be happy about going into 2017, but the company’s zero rating with its music and video streaming gives it some reason to pause, since the Netherlands already called it out for the practice.