The Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Supports 5G Carrier Aggregation

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As 5G networks and 5G devices continue to build towards a more comprehensive 5G experience, Samsung looks to be well on its way with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series.

Consumers looking to get into 5G may be surprised to learn that not all 5G coverage is the same. Even within the same carrier, users can expect some differences in the way they are covered as 5G uses multiple bands to bring data across the air. By using carrier aggregation, wireless companies can overcome some of the hindrances they might see if only transmitting a singular band to a user’s device. Samsung is leading the way by using this technique to allow users to receive multiple bands of 5G at once for a more thorough experience.

Carrier aggregation is not a new technique and many carriers and device manufacturers have already used the technique to deliver 4G LTE to customers for years but by doing so with 5G, Samsung is taking the next step as the wireless industry continues to build the capabilities of 5G one piece at a time. This means faster broadband connectivity and greater coverage as the Galaxy S21 will take advantage of low and mid-band 5G spectrum, particularly, for T-Mobile customers.

Because of its merger with Sprint in 2020, T-Mobile now has plenty of additional customers and spectrum that are now a part of its network. The smart devices in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will allow T-Mobile subscribers to connect to a wider range of spectrum. T-Mobile was able to launch its nationwide 5G network with low-band spectrum available and a concerted effort to expand through the mid-band spectrum gained from Sprint. 

Thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform allowing for the support of TDD and FDD spectrum, T-Mobile customers in select markets can expect their Galaxy S21 devices to take advantage of both its 600 MHz 5G network (low-band) as well as its 2.5 GHz (mid-band) spectrum. “We are very proud to continue our longstanding strategic collaboration with Samsung Electronics to deliver the latest breakthrough mobile experiences to consumers. Powered by the flagship Snapdragon 888 in select regions, the new Galaxy S21 series pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in mobile,” said Alex Katouzian, a Senior VP and General Manager at Qualcomm.

Delivering faster speeds to more customers is the driving force of every network and as 5G finds itself in the world, it will continue to push back against the obstacles it is facing in its early stages. Because high-band (mmWave) spectrum can provide the fastest 5G network experience but cannot travel very far with low-band traveling much better yet not delivering the elite speeds needed, finding ways to provide a mix of these spectrum tiers is critical for the success of providers. DISH Wireless is making carrier aggregation a huge component of its soon-to-be 5G network as it continues to build it from the ground up. Positioned to become the fourth major wireless provider to Americans, seeing such innovations come from a variety of carriers is exciting news for consumers looking to connect in the latest generation of wireless. 5G is still gaining its footing, but having device makers such as Samsung understand the importance of carrier aggregation will have ripples throughout the areas 5G is innovative and deployed for years to come.

Source: RCR Wireless