Since colleges and universities embraced virtual learning 18 months ago, most have taken it as far as they can on their own. To deliver the kind of experience that meets and exceeds student expectations, schools need help from companies whose business maximizes the value and impact of technology.
Schools, government, first responders, and other organizations depend on always-on communications from T-Mobile, surfacing insights into what's possible with 5G and other powerful technologies. What colleges and universities have deployed in the past 18 months barely touches the potential technology offers to higher education.
Consider reliable, two-way communication as a foundational element to learning. The FCC says 21 million Americans lack reliable internet access.9 A Microsoft study suggests an even bigger number, with 162 million Americans unable to access the internet at broadband speeds.10
T-Mobile has made broadband connections available in some of the country’s most remote areas, tapping into the company’s 5G network to deliver real-time classroom experiences to people who are too geographically isolated to attend classes in person. Our experience means we can easily offer the broadband access that is so critical for effective online learning. Examples include our work with Western Governors University (WGU), the nation’s largest nonprofit online university, to provide wireless connectivity to help students pursue higher education.11