Verizon has introduced at CES 2022 that will probably be rolling out 5G Extremely Wideband to greater than 100 million individuals within the US, earlier than the top of January. However the trick right here is that it’s not mmWave.
As an alternative, Verizon is rolling out C-Band, which is principally mid-band spectrum. It’s going to be what makes 5G really quick for everybody. We have already got the large protection due to 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum, after which the large pace increase that mmWave helps. Now with C-Band, it’s going to tie all of it collectively, and offer you unimaginable pace and protection.
T-Cellular likes to name it the “5G Cake”, which is fairly correct, however Verizon will not be taking that strategy. Actually, it doesn’t even point out C-Band in its press launch. That’s not essentially a foul factor, as most individuals aren’t going to know that there’s three totally different bands engaged on the 5G community that they’re utilizing. Much like how plenty of smartphone makers don’t record out specs of their displays anymore.
“This large launch will put unimaginable speeds, reliability, and safety within the arms of our prospects and amplifies our providing of dependable house and enterprise broadband choices to extra locations across the nation, effectively forward of the dedication we made final 12 months,” mentioned Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. “As 5G Extremely Wideband turns into accessible to increasingly individuals and companies, it would enable our prospects to do extra superb issues.”
How will you benefit from these speeds?
First up, you’ll want a cellphone that’s appropriate with C-Band. Fortunately, plenty of telephones launched up to now 12 months or two have already got C-Band help accessible. So it shouldn’t take greater than only a software program replace to make it occur. Telephones just like the Google Pixel 5 & 6 sequence, the Galaxy S21 sequence and lots of extra which can be bought by Verizon could have C-Band help.
With the addition of C-Band, you’re going to get these loopy gigabit speeds that mmWave presents, with out being outdoors and with out the wind knocking you off of the community.
With this announcement, Verizon did state that will probably be altering its service plans on January 5. However to this point, it has not talked about something about these adjustments, apart from the very fact they’re taking place.