T-Mobile Launches New 5G Network Slicing Beta Program

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T-Mobile launches its new 5G network slicing beta program for developers, offering enhanced network conditions and improved performance for video calling applications.

  • The rising demand for video calling apps prompted T-Mobile to invite developers to participate in the network slicing beta program.
  • Developers can sign up for the beta through T-Mobile’s developer platform, DevEdge.

In a significant step forward, T-Mobile announced the launch of its new 5G network slicing beta program for developers on august 2nd. The beta is currently available to iOS developers in Seattle and San Francisco and is expected to expand nationwide and to Android later this year.

Network slicing is a new technology that allows operators to subdivide their 5G network into multiple virtual networks, each with its own dedicated resources and performance characteristics.

This new beta program will enable developers to optimize video calling applications by providing them with an array of benefits, including improved network conditions, consistent uplink and downlink speeds, lower latency, and increased reliability. All these enhancements will be made available through T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G Standalone (SA) network.

Ulf Ewaldsson, the President of Technology at T-Mobile, expressed the company’s commitment to bringing 5G network slicing to reality. He emphasized that T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G SA network makes it “the only operator in the country capable of unlocking this technology so developers can immediately begin creating applications that can one day provide tangible benefits to wireless users everywhere.”

The demand for video calling applications has skyrocketed in recent years, largely driven by remote work and the need for staying connected with family and friends on the go. As such, T-Mobile is inviting developers to participate in the network slicing beta program, giving them access to an optimized network slice with unparalleled network conditions to enhance existing apps or develop new ones.

Prominent video-calling app developers, including Google and Zoom, have already shown enthusiasm for T-Mobile’s new 5G network slicing beta program. Brian Peterson, CTO, and co-founder of Dialpad praised T-Mobile’s efforts and noted that 5G opens up incredible new possibilities for mobile and AI applications. He highlighted the ability to test new capabilities with features like network slicing, ultimately supercharging the app’s capabilities and AI adoption for customers across the country.

Developers, regardless of their size, can sign up for the beta through T-Mobile’s developer platform, DevEdge. Developers in the greater Seattle area have the opportunity to work alongside T-Mobile engineers at the 5G Hub in Bellevue, Washington, to test and validate this cutting-edge capability on their applications.

The household name’s 5G network coverage has already surpassed that of AT&T and Verizon combined, reaching 326 million people across two million square miles. The company’s Ultra Capacity 5G, which currently serves 285 million people, is set to expand its coverage to 300 million people by the end of the year.

With the beta program already gaining momentum and attracting interest from major app developers, it seems clear that 5G network slicing will play a crucial role in shaping the future of mobile applications and connectivity.

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