The corporate hadn’t given coloration to its timeline earlier than, however the brand new particulars put it roughly on the identical timeframe for stand-alone 5G as rival Verizon (NYSE:VZ).
The early launches of 5G service from wi-fi carriers leaned on current LTE networks (for issues like authentication) to speed up deployment, however all are pursuing stand-alone architectures that attain additional however have taken longer to construct out.
Verizon plans to maneuver site visitors to its new stand-along 5G core someday within the second half of this yr, and absolutely commercialize in 2021, and feedback this week point out AT&T will do the identical.
T-Cellular (NASDAQ:TMUS) gave a commercial launch to its stand-alone 5G network in August. However assessments have additionally proven difficulties acquiring a stand-alone 5G sign, LightReading’s Mike Dano notes – T-Cellular seems to be to be pushing telephones into non-standalone mode the place it provides dependable 4G LTE connections to make sure speeds aren’t slowed by the stand-alone 5G.
T-Cellular tapped distributors Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Nokia (NYSE:NOK), although each Verizon and AT&T have not disclosed which distributors are supplying their stand-alone efforts, and Dish Community (NASDAQ:DISH) says Nokia will provide its stand-alone 5G core.