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Verizon Details C-Band 5G Launch Plans, Promises 10x Data Speed

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Jan 4, 2022, 1:13 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Verizon has formally announced plans to launch 5G in the new "C-band" mid-band radio frequencies later his month, and filled in details of what the launch will include. The company is promising to cover 100 million people — nearly 1/3 of the population — with the new network at launch. Coverage will include over 1,700 cities and towns. Verizon is promising that the new 5G network will deliver speeds "up to 10x faster than [median] 4G LTE" speeds. Specifically, customers should expect "typical download speeds of 90-170 Mbps with ... peaks over 1 Gbps in certain areas. Typical upload speeds of 15-30 Mbps with peak ... over 100 Mbps." The company is branding the new 5G service "5G Ultra Wideband", just like its faster (but limited-coverage) mmWave 5G network. The company will also launch tweaked plans tomorrow. As before, only premium plans ("Play More", "Do More", and "Get More") will include access to the faster 5G networks. The "Start Unlimited" and "Just Kids" plans will only be able to access "5G Nationwide" low-band 5G, and not the new, faster mid-band network. Verizon and AT&T originally planned to launch C-Band networks in early December, then delayed the launch by one month at the request of the FAA, then recently by another two weeks. The FAA maintains that the networks could interfere with airplane radio altimeters, although the industry and the FCC disagree. Although the new networks should launch in two weeks, Verizon is currently only committing to launching it by the end of this month.

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