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T-Mobile Lights Up 100MHz of Standalone 5G in Upstate NY: Why It Matters

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We just crowned T-Mobile the Best Mobile Network in the US, and it seems determined to keep that spot. On a trip to Upstate New York, we found the carrier's next 5G step is live for anyone to use: a massive 100MHz of standalone 5G, unencumbered by legacy 4G systems.

Why does this matter? To this day, most 5G systems are still tethered to 4G, which is part of why you haven't seen buzzy features like ultra-low latency and guaranteed quality of service through network slicing yet.

Prying 5G off the 4G system gets us closer to 5G actually enabling new applications as opposed to just being 4G with a speed bump.

In other words, if you're going to be wandering around outside with your future Apple AR glasses talking to a hologram of someone, you're going to need standalone 5G to get the responsiveness and quality of service to make that work.

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