Pioneering 5G: A use case in higher education.

More than half of U.S. college students struggle with unreliable connectivity. We partnered with Bradley University to change that.


Bradley University transforms student learning with 5G Advanced Network Solutions.

Bradley is the first university in the nation to use T-Mobile 5G ANS to improve digital equity for all its students.

Whether socializing in the dining hall or tuning into a virtual lecture from afar, students, faculty, and staff at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, can now experience the power of 5G in education.

A 5G-connected campus.
More than half of U.S. college students struggle with unreliable connectivity. Last summer, Bradley University partnered with T-Mobile to change that and help bring the school’s Digitally Connected Campus initiative to life. Bradley is adopting a 5G Hybrid Mobile network to deliver innovative, immersive learning experiences and increase operational efficiency across the institution.

The school also provided the latest iPads equipped with T-Mobile unlimited data plans and 5G connectivity to students, faculty, and relevant staff in the fall 2023 semester. Students—even those living off-campus or attending classes remotely—can access lectures, materials, and app-based learning from virtually anywhere. And they do it on the nation’s largest 5G network.

“Bringing 5G to our students and campus allows us to advance a digitally equitable learning environment and a holistically connected campus.”

Christopher Jones, PhD,
Vice President for Strategy and Innovation,
Bradley University

Once its 5G transformation was complete, Bradley University anticipated three initial outcomes:

Equitable digital access for students, wherever they are located.

An innovative model for improved learning experiences and operations.

Immersive classroom learning experiences across the university.

Just getting started.
Inspired by the fast speed, low latency, and reliable connectivity of its new 5G Hybrid Network, the school’s academic, operations, and IT leadership has even bigger plans to enrich the future of education at Bradley University. They include:

  • Mixed reality classroom experiences that integrate the virtualization of complex machinery and lessons enhanced with real telehealth technologies.
  • AI-powered note-taking and other classroom interaction software. 
  • Powerful graphics-intensive video game development software that takes the university’s award-winning game design program to the next level. 
  • Sensor-based data analysis that receives automatic updates on water quality, plumbing, and refrigeration, and then automatically addresses malfunctions.
A student connects with learning resources using a mobile device.

Leading the way.
Bradley University is leading the way, but K-12 schools, colleges, and universities everywhere are using 5G to improve student experiences and prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s workforce.

“Partnering with T-Mobile helps us provide Bradley’s students with the ability to learn in the same mobile-first environment that is increasingly prevalent in the professional world.”

Christopher Jones, PhD,
Vice President for Strategy and Innovation,
Bradley University

5G Advanced Network Solution resources for education.

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Tap the full potential of 5G connectivity.

Bolster innovation, enhance learning environments and experiences, and increase productivity by mapping 5G capabilities to your top education priorities.

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