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Written by on January 31, 2022

  • Reddit customers have been posting C-Band velocity exams displaying downloads of 400 Mbps to 800 Mbps.
  • Rural customers might, nonetheless, nonetheless discover themselves in a low-band 5G sluggish lane.
  • AT&T helps C-Band on the identical telephones as Verizon, plus Google’s Pixel 6 collection.

It might be arduous to think about after weeks of drama over new C-Band 5G wireless possibly interfering with aircraft radar altimeters, however C-Band can also be a factor on the bottom. And for AT&T and Verizon customers in the appropriate locations, it may be a very good factor.

The mid-band frequencies these carriers lit up Jan. 19, with downloads of a number of a whole bunch of megabits per second, assist fill a niche between millimeter-wave 5G with exceptionally quick speeds in exceptionally few locations and low-band 5G that reached far wider however didn’t run a lot sooner than 4G.

C-Band’s upside appears to be like bigger at Verizon, which touts coverage of “more than 100 million people,” however the scope of this service remained unclear till the corporate up to date its coverage map final week.  

Ignore the nationwide view’s pulsing pink circles figuring out markets with “5G Extremely Wideband” (how Verizon markets each C-Band and millimeter-wave 5G) and as an alternative zoom in to search for broad, brick-red splotches. They present C-Band’s higher vary in 46 areas lined in a spectrum public sale the Federal Communications Fee concluded in January 2021 – an allocation that not noted a number of large markets, together with Atlanta, Denver, and Washington.

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Workers are seen on a 5G tower at Shougang Park, one of the sites for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing on December 1, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The upgrades are actual: Reddit users have been posting C-Band velocity exams displaying downloads of 400 Mbps to 800 Mbps.

Rural customers might, nonetheless, nonetheless discover themselves in a low-band 5G sluggish lane. Warned Avi Greengart, lead analyst at Techsponential: “This is applicable primarily to city and suburban facilities; whereas C-Band can definitely be utilized in rural areas, it received’t be economical to blanket the whole countryside.”

Woman holding up smart phone with "5G" on the screen

Verizon says iPhone 12 and 13 fashions in addition to Samsung’s Galaxy S21, Flip three and Fold three collection help C-Band, with help coming to unspecified different 5G fashions through a software program replace. Its website doesn’t always clearly say which phones support which 5G flavor, however when you see band “n77” listed in a telephone’s 5G community specs, it may finally do C-Band.

Verizon customers additionally want a suitable plan; its most cost-effective unlimited-data possibility and all of its limited-data choices exclude C-band and millimeter-wave 5G. 

A sunset occurs behind a 5G cell tower.

Verizon’s C-Band might make a much bigger distinction in houses than on telephones, because it immensely expands the attain of the “mounted wi-fi” 5G house broadband Verizon already sells.

“As of this morning, 20 million houses in America can have C-Band house broadband,” stated Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Verizon Enterprise chief income officer, in a video name Jan. 19. “And by the tip of this yr, the quantity’s going to be 30 million.”

AT&T subscribers have much less to get enthusiastic about as a result of that agency’s smaller bid on the FCC public sale restricted its C-Band to eight markets: Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Value, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando. Its protection map doesn’t but escape C-Band, which AT&T calls “5G+” – the label it already makes use of for millimeter-wave 5G that’s even scarcer than Verizon’s.

AT&T helps C-Band on the identical telephones as Verizon, plus Google’s Pixel 6 collection. Its present unlimited-data plans cowl C-Band, however its limited-data plans don’t.  

AT&T doesn’t promote 5G house broadband, though CEO John Stankey has suggested that as an eventual upgrade for folks on the sluggish digital-subscriber-line connections it stopped selling in 2020.

Each AT&T and Verizon’s C-Band protection remains limited near airports covered by Federal Aviation Administration notices protecting potential interference with altimeters utilizing considerably close by frequencies.

What about T-Cellular? That provider doesn’t but provide C-Band 5G however doesn’t have to. It provides its personal quick, widely-available 5G to cell and residential customers on mid-band spectrum that it got when it bought Sprint – and which, not like C-Band, are distant from altimeter frequencies.

Rob Pegoraro is a tech author primarily based out of Washington, D.C. To submit a tech query, electronic mail Rob at rob@robpegoraro.com. Observe him on Twitter at @robpegoraro.

The views and opinions expressed on this column are the writer’s and don’t essentially mirror these of USA TODAY.


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