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posted by janrinok on Saturday January 08, @01:15AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the will-it-come-with-rainbow-coloured-unicorns-too? dept.

Verizon will bring ultrafast C-Band 5G to 100 million Americans within weeks:

Verizon Wireless plans to bring its 'Ultra Wideband 5G' service to more than 100 million people in the US later this month, delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps using C-Band spectrum.

5G networks will use a much more diverse range of spectrum than previous generations of mobile technology, with low-band frequencies like 700MHz offering wide coverage and high-band millimetre Wave (mmWave) delivering huge capacity over short distances.

Mid-range C-band 5G spectrum offers a compromise between these two desirable outcomes and will be a vital resource in the rollout of the high-speed networks.

Verizon used mmWave spectrum to become the first operator in the US to launch a commercial 5G service back in 2018 and, along with AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Wireless, won a licence for C-Band airwaves located between 3.7GHz and 3.98GHz in an auction earlier this year that raised $80 billion.

Now we can talk even faster! =)


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  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @01:43AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @01:43AM (#1210991)

    The next big wave of COVID is just weeks away! Get your respirator now, they'll be gone soon!

    • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @01:53AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @01:53AM (#1210993)

      Don't forget, all the airplanes will crash too!

      I'll go pop some popcorn, the bag is over by my cell... wah... it's popping all by itself!

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @02:08AM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @02:08AM (#1210997)

        LOCKDOWN! ALL PRISONERS WILL RETURN TO THEIR CELLS IMMEDIATELY!

        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:43AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:43AM (#1211006)

          Djokovic isn't a prisoner, he can leave any time.

          Why a pampered princess thinks he can jump on a plane across half the world and ignore a country's advice that entrants must be vaccinated, I know English isn't his mother tongue but still...

          • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:53AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:53AM (#1211009)

            His only mistake was going to Auschtralia.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:03AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:03AM (#1211004)

    I have been saying all along we don't have enough time spent using mobile phone internet/app communication/tracking.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @05:49AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @05:49AM (#1211021)

      Can you "Hear, hear!" me now?

  • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Saturday January 08, @05:10AM

    by captain normal (2205) on Saturday January 08, @05:10AM (#1211016)

    An update to the Techradar article posted, and an article in the N.Y.Times, says that Version and ATT have agreed to hold up the roll out. Also to restrict 5G around airports and to operate certain segments at much lower power than normal.
    https://www.techradar.com/news/verizon-and-atandt-will-not-delay-5g-c-band-rollout-rebuffing-the-dot-and-faa-request [techradar.com]
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/03/technology/verizon-att-5g-delay-airline-safety.html [nytimes.com]

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by krishnoid on Saturday January 08, @05:54AM (6 children)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Saturday January 08, @05:54AM (#1211022)

    I'd much rather apply that bandwidth to talk clearer. 1Gbps and we'll still probably still get 8kHz voice transmission, compressed, with dropouts.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by NateMich on Saturday January 08, @05:57AM (3 children)

      by NateMich (6662) on Saturday January 08, @05:57AM (#1211024)

      I'd much rather have better range. I'm sure the "100 million Americans" all live in big cities, which doesn't even help them if they leave the city.

      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Acabatag on Saturday January 08, @12:53PM (2 children)

        by Acabatag (2885) on Saturday January 08, @12:53PM (#1211042)

        The point in 5G is really robust low-latency surveillance in high density urban areas.

        • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday January 08, @04:32PM

          by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Saturday January 08, @04:32PM (#1211077) Homepage Journal

          The only point of 5G is to allow the phone companies to add more customers. The higher the frequency, the larger the bandwidth. 5G has no advantage whatever for the consumer.

          --
          Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @03:33PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @03:33PM (#1211780)

          5G's purpose (of note, the 60ghz stuff) is meant to use MIT's research on wifi access points as radar emplacements to allow the tracking of individuals in dense urban settings, with or without cellphones. In fact I would hazard to guess they will be looking for individuals in the sea who don't have cell phones and filter the data to only show and track those individuals, perhaps now after the fact, but for the rest, when networking improves, in real time.

          Why do you really think they've artificially kept the data rates so low in the US between inferior speeds and data quotas? It's been to ensure the government can record as much of the metadata (and in some cases data) as they can get away with. They already put in a second NSA data center in Utah explicitly for this purpose.

    • (Score: 2) by SomeGuy on Saturday January 08, @02:26PM (1 child)

      by SomeGuy (5632) on Saturday January 08, @02:26PM (#1211053)

      Exactly this. I get tired of assholes calling me that sound like robots trying to fuck my ear.

      But it is all going to go to faster advertising isn't it? Got to keep cell phone users thinking their cell phones have what plants crave.

      Landlines that are so clear you can hear a pin drop? No, no, no, no, those neeeevaar existed! Be happy with your (*metallic grating sounds*) glorious cell phone! (*metallic grating sounds*)

      - Don't forget to download the FREE weather app/adware so you can get a constant stream of annoying useless alerts like everyone else!

      • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Saturday January 08, @09:12PM

        by krishnoid (1156) on Saturday January 08, @09:12PM (#1211127)

        Oh that? That's not their fault. Someone's been posting your number in chatbot rooms as a cybersex line, saying you speak EBCDIC with a Bocce accent at sultry T1 speeds. Can't really blame the *callers* for that; I bet they're getting kind of lonely during the pandemic as well. It's true, I heard it from ... one of my slack channel bots.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @01:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @01:42PM (#1211050)

    pshaw. can't be ultrafast if they're just using C band. real men use triple A+ band for wireless ...

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by crafoo on Saturday January 08, @02:58PM (1 child)

    by crafoo (6639) on Saturday January 08, @02:58PM (#1211060)

    geolocation via cell tower will get much more accurate in urban areas, with each 5G covering a few blocks, at most? I heard as little as 1 city block.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:14PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:14PM (#1211062)

    At least until the most susceptible airplanes have fallen out of the sky.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @01:49PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @01:49PM (#1211239)

      if it's range is so short, you will have to attach a repeater to a drone to reach that plane (if away from airport). of course your drone will fall from the sky before it reaches the plane, so safe to go outside, take a large sturdy umbrella.

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