Verizon and AT&T finally activated their C-Band 5G services after a . While the networks are not available near many airports for now, after companies and airlines, people in some areas of the US will have access to the services starting today.
is taking a relatively cautious approach to its release. Its C-Band 5G services are active in “limited parts” of eight metropolitan areas, including Detroit and Chicago, as well as Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, Texas. People in three regions of Florida – Jacksonville, Orlando and South Florida – can also use AT&T’s C-Band network.
Verizon (formerly the parent company of Ploonge) says an additional 100 million people will have access to its 5G Ultra Wideband network this month in more than 1,700 cities, including C-band coverage. Verizon’s C-Band 5G coverage in the coming weeks.
C-band spectrum has more bandwidth than the AT&T and Verizon low-band spectrum used in their previous 5G releases. This should allow for faster download and upload speeds than previous 5G iterations. Verizon claims its 5G C-Band is up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE, with download speeds exceeding 1Gbps in some areas.
AT&T and Verizon initially planned to activate C-Band 5G in December, but delayed activation after concerns from the FAA and airlines. Companies that, while 40 other countries have enabled C-Band 5G without issue, are voluntarily delaying the rollout near several airports. Earlier this month, the two said they had around 50 airports.
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