Verizon continues 5G ultra-wideband deployment - Mobile World Live

Verizon continues 5G ultra-wideband deployment

15 JUL 2022

Verizon expanded its ultra-wideband 5G service to Atlanta, unlocking a potential 1 million additional customers and advancing a goal to cover 175 million people by the year-end.

To date, Verizon covered approximately 113 million people across 1,700 cities and plans to hit 250 million by the end of 2024.

The ultra-wideband service uses Verizon’s mmWave and C-Band spectrum, and edge compute capabilities.

Verizon stated the deployment in Atlanta was “18 months earlier than projected due to agreements” struck with satellite service providers in March to clear C-Band spectrum.

Verizon spent close to $53 billion on the spectrum, including the purchase price and cost of reimbursing satellite companies for clearing the frequencies earlier than an original deadline of end-December.

The Atlanta deployment included Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expressed concern late in 2021 that AT&T and Verizon’s C-Band deployments could interfere with radio altimeters on aeroplanes.

After several delays, Verizon and AT&T started using their C-Band spectrum in January.

In June, the FAA announced an agreement had been reached with mobile operators regarding the use of C-Band spectrum near airports.



Mike Robuck

Mike Robuck is the U.S. Editor at Mobile World Live. He joined the Mobile World Live staff in February of 2022. Prior to joining GSMA, he was editor of FierceTelecom and of Light Reading’s Telco Transformation microsite. He has a...

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