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Verizon expands 5G UWB coverage with new spectrum

The offering nearly doubles the spectrum available for 5G UWB while offering significantly higher speeds

Verizon has ramped up its 5G ultra-wideband (UWB) network with 100 MHz of C-band spectrum, an almost two-fold increase over the firm’s 60 MHz offering.

The move comes after a recent successful trial wherein engineers achieved 1.4 GBPS peak download speeds nearby active cell sites, and 500 Mbps at locations further away from the towers.

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The new spectrum will account for significantly higher speeds, better performance, and greater availability, according to Verizon.

“This increase from using 60MHz to 100 MHz of C-band – which we will ultimately have available in many markets across the US – allows us to support more network traffic, deliver even better performance to our customers and add new products and services on top of the mobile and fixed wireless access solutions we provide today,” said Kyle Malady, EVP and president of Global Networks and Technology. 

“Reaching new levels of innovation and digital transformation in our society requires a fundamental transformation of the networks our world runs on. The continued evolution of our network is paving the way for this tremendous growth,” added Malady.

What’s more, the new spectrum has been made available to customers in certain markets several months earlier than projected following agreements with satellite providers. The clearance for the C-Band spectrum was originally due in December 2023.

Hinting at additional availability, Verizon claims customers will have access to 140-200 MHz of C Band spectrum across the nation in the near future.

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