C-band deployments result in ‘soar’ in 5G speeds for Verizon, AT&T: Opensignal

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C-band has considerably higher capability than decrease frequency 5G bands

In accordance with a brand new Opensignal report, latest C-band deployments by AT&T and Verizon are serving to the pair catch as much as T-Cellular US, which has, on a number of events, emerged because the 5G frontrunner in the case of velocity, availability and attain.

The most recent report, nevertheless, reveals that 5G obtain speeds on each AT&T and Verizon networks have elevated, which Opensignal mentioned is the direct results of C-band deployment, as a result of extra customers on each carriers’ networks are spending time on that band. Particularly, obtain speeds on AT&T’s community have elevated by 34.6%, and the share of its prospects utilizing C-band has elevated from 4.6% to over 30%. Verizon customers’ skilled a median 5G obtain velocity improve of 15.8%, with the share of C-band readings rising from 16.2% to just about 50%.

“Beforehand Opensignal analyzed the preliminary affect of 5G deployments within the C-band at a time when Verizon was deploying C-band companies however AT&T’s early roll-outs had been restricted to eight metro areas across the U.S. at first as AT&T deliberate a surge in Q2 when it could additionally deploy service on the 3.45 GHz band on the similar time,” wrote Robert Wyrzykowski, senior business analyst at Opensignal. “Our AT&T customers’ common 5G obtain speeds have steadily elevated for the reason that starting of the 12 months when the operator began to roll out 5G companies within the C-band.”

In March, AT&T was relying closely on the 850 MHz (n5) band to ship 5G companies, and so it’s no shock that Opensignal reported that it made up 92.7% of its 5G readings on the community with use of the three.7 GHz band being extremely restricted. Nevertheless, in April, use of AT&T’s complete sub 6GHz 5G readings rose to five.9%, after which accelerated to just about 10% in Could and virtually 20% simply two months later in July.

“This development continued in September when greater than 30% of 5G readings noticed on AT&T’s community had been on the three.7 GHz band — whereas the share of the 850 MHz dropped to 65.5% of 5G readings,” continued Wyrzykowski.  

AT&T mentioned in January that it expects to have 200 million potential prospects lined by its midband spectrum holdings by the top of subsequent 12 months.

Verizon’s outcomes confirmed an identical development, with a rise within the common 5G obtain speeds of its customers between March and September 2022 of 11.1 Mbps (15.8%), which Opensignal concluded was additionally pushed by the C-band deployments throughout the U.S.

“C-band explains the soar in customers’ general 5G Obtain Velocity on each carriers due to its considerably higher capability than decrease frequency 5G bands. Analyzing the totally different common 5G obtain speeds when totally different 5G bands are related highlights the superior expertise of utilizing the C-band,” Wyrzykowski summarized.

In actual fact, AT&T customers skilled a median 5G obtain velocity of almost 113 Mbps on the three.7 GHz band, which is roughly thrice sooner than the speeds customers noticed with different AT&T 5G band, whereas Verizon customers noticed 5G obtain speeds averaging at 160.7 Mbps, 3.1-3.2 instances sooner than on the 850 and 1900 MHz legacy bands and 4.3 instances sooner than on the AWS (1700/2100 MHz) band.

Regardless of the enhancements introduced on by C-band deployments, AT&T nonetheless lags behind Verizon, and Verizon nonetheless lags behind T-Cellular US. “[U]sers on T-Cellular’s community have skilled sooner speeds than these on AT&T or Verizon’s networks,” Wyrzykowski mentioned. Like AT&T, Verizon additionally began its C-band 5G deployments in January 2022 — months behind T-Cellular’s 2.5 GHz rollout — and whereas C-band now represents almost 46% of the full sub-6 GHz 5G readings seen, T-Cellular noticed a a lot larger share for its 2.5 GHz with over 70% of T-Cellular 5G readings powered utilizing mid-band spectrum.”

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