What is C-Band? Here's what a new 5G flavor means for AT&T and Verizon users [telecom]

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  • * Reddit users have been posting C-Band speed tests showing downloads of 400 Mbps to 800 Mbps. * * Rural users may, however, still find themselves in a low-band 5G slow lane. * * AT&T supports C-Band on the same phones as Verizon, plus Google?s Pixel 6 series. *

It may be hard to imagine after weeks of drama overnew C-Band 5G wireless possibly interfering with aircraft radar altimeters

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, but C-Band is also a thing on the ground. And for AT&T and Verizon users in the right places, it can be a good thing.

The mid-band frequencies those carriers lit up Jan. 19, with downloads of multiple hundreds of megabits per second, help fill a gap between millimeter-wave 5G with exceptionally fast speeds in exceptionally few places and low-band 5G that reached far wider but didn?t run much faster than 4G.

C-Band?s upside looks larger at Verizon, whichtouts coverage of ?more than 100 million people

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,? but the scope of this service remained unclear until the company updatedits coverage map
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 last week.


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