2022 is just days away, and while most people and businesses take a more relaxed approach the last few days of the year, America’s wireless providers are just ramping up. In the ever-growing and ongoing battle for the #1 wireless provider spot, top contenders such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile can’t afford to take a day off.
T-Mobile is currently leading the pack with AT&T and Verizon nipping at its heels, but that doesn’t mean the “Uncarrier” doesn’t have any tricks up its sleeves. Magenta’s iPhone-13 subscribers will be able to start using 5G New Radio Carrier Aggregation (NR CA) technology “by the end of this year,” according to T-Mobile’s President of Technology, Neville Ray.
Ray recently shared on Reddit the “significant boost in throughput” their users should experience in the coming days with the groundbreaking tech on the way to “additional devices in Q1.”
5G carrier aggregation is meant to cohesively bring together various flavors of 5G, starting with T-Mobile’s 600 MHz low-band and 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum. NR CA will allow low and mid-band strengths to come together to vastly improve your 5G speeds on a large scale, rather than leveraging just two technologies at any given time. This rollout will give T-mobile a small speed and coverage bump while also laying the foundation for bigger real-world progress later.
The “additional devices” set to receive NR CA technology during Q1 2022 should include most of T-Mobile’s recently released 5G smartphones. Most likely will be the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 to the S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra, as well as the OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, Google Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro- all of which can harness this new technology with just a simple update.
T-Mobile is looking to aggregate its two networks that cover 208 million people (low-band) and 200 million people (mid-band), delivering a crushing blow to its competition in terms of coverage and speed.
As all the carriers battle it out for the top spot, T-Mobile will also release a Voice over New Radio (VoNR) rollout “soon” when its “stringent performance targets” are met, and an expansion of its mmWave technology that Neville Ray says isn’t the best way to build a “nationwide 5G network that can support mobile applications.”