Mobile operators turn to ‘C band’ to boost 5G

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Saying that their deployment of C-band equipment as part of their 5G networks “is a game-changer” and allows a 5G network “to reach its full potential”, Verizon and AT&T have announced their intention to offer their 5G offerings as part of their 5G networks. faster to more than 175 people. million customers by the end of 2023.

The two companies said C-band spectrum offers common ground and a good balance between coverage and capacity and allows them to expand their 5G coverage and performance to more markets across the country. In fact, they say, it enables them to provide extended mobility and broadband services to millions of additional consumers and businesses.

“The C-band spectrum will allow our 5G network to reach its full potential, providing our customers with the faster and increased connectivity they desire,” Tony Seyfried, Head of Technology Suppliers at AT&T, noted in a press release announcing the company’s plans for the C-band.

Verizon 5G 20% Usage

The announcements come at a time when customer usage rates for 5G plans and devices remain low but increasing.

Verizon reported in July, around 20% of its phone base uses 5G-enabled devices, with the vast majority supporting C-band. The company attributed this growth to trade in broken devices and its promotion of “the biggest upgrade ever. achieved ”, which has led consumers to new devices.

“Device upgrades, which were significantly higher compared to Q2 2020 and 2019, led to the adoption of 5G and the move to unlimited premium plans, a strong indicator that our strategy is working,” Matt Ellis, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, said during the company’s second quarter 2021 earnings call.

AT&T did not give usage figures in its last earnings call, but did note that it ranks third in the wireless market. “We are still at the beginning of the cycle of upgrading our base to 5G devices”, Jeffery Scott McElfresh, CEO of AT&T Communications, noted in July during the call for results for the second quarter of 2021.

AT&T CEO, President and Director John Stankey added that these are high value and useful services and customers will have to decide whether or not to pay for them.

Extend the construction of the C spectrum

Monday (October 11), Ericcson announcement AT&T had selected him to expand the 5G network and build C-band spectrum. The five-year agreement supports AT & T’s goal of reaching 70 to 75 million people with 5G on C-band by now the end of 2022 and 200 million by the end of 2023.

This version will support the C-band spectrum recently acquired by AT&T and the launch of 5G Standalone (SA). The company says the C brand is essential for the 5G rollout in the United States and will support future network enhancements.

Rival mobile operator Verizon has started deployment C-band equipment in April and said it will give more customers access to the company’s lightning-fast 5G Ultra Wideband service. The C-band spectrum will enable ultra-broadband 5G speeds and coverage for mobility, home broadband and corporate Internet solutions.

Added “game changing ability”

The carrier said 100 million customers will have access to its ultra-broadband 5G service on C-band spectrum by the end of the first quarter of 2022. This will grow to more than 175 million people by 2023 and to more than 250 million people by 2024..

“This is a massive company designed to add as quickly as possible this revolutionary capability to the network our customers already rely on for consistent and superior performance when they need it most,” said Kyle Malady, Principal of technology at Verizon.

5G Ultra Wideband is Verizon’s fastest 5G offering. Its speeds give smartphones new capabilities when used for multiplayer games, 4K movie streaming, and HD video chat. The company reports that this is the 5G offering that will support many other devices of the future in the Internet of Things.

Indeed, PYMNTS reports that healthcare, for example, is being transformed by 5G connectivity. Trends such as telehealth, Internet of Things (IoT) -based medical devices, and remote surgery that use advanced imaging equipment are all due to this breakthrough.

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