The ‘beachfront’ of spectrum: ADRF on C-band


The C-band auctions raised a staggering $81.17 billion in 2021

On the again of two necessary product releases — the ADXV DAS C-band answer and the SDRX C-band repeater — Superior RF Applied sciences’ Chief Working Officer Arnold Kim caught up with RCR Wi-fi Information to debate the significance of midband spectrum for North America’s 5G future.

Kim defined the ADXV DAS C-band modules’ help of C-band frequencies starting from 3.7 GHz to three.98 GHz is especially thrilling as a result of “everyone” participated within the higher C-band public sale, indicating it’s significance to the 5G ecosystem. “All of them participated on this public sale,” he’s mentioned, referring to the highest U.S. carriers. “That’s not unique, however it’s distinctive. All people, particularly the large three, spent an unlimited quantity of capital expenditure.”

In further to C-band help, the ADXV DAS answer additionally helps energy sharing of a number of carriers’ indicators by way of configurable grouped POI models and will be deployed standalone or added seamlessly to an present ADXV DAS chassis to permit for an improve from 4G/LTE programs.

The C-band repeater, which additionally helps frequency ranges from 3.75 GHz to three.98 GHz, boasts 2×2 MIMO functionality and 5G NR help with two 60~100MHz channel filters and may mounted on a rooftop, sidewall or pole to convey 5G protection for small to medium dimension buildings in dense city or remoted rural areas.

Kim added that the business now has rather more spectrum and rather more of the upper spectrum than it used to. “Now the business is aware of that it’s not simply concerning the quantity, nevertheless it’s about the place the spectrum is [and] how giant or small these waves are,” he added. “The federal government cleared virtually 300 megahertz straight from the start of pure C-band. Every of those carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Cell — can have a devoted 100-megahertz channel for purposes like AR and VR. That’s why C-band is so empowering — it’s the purposes that the carriers are going to have the ability to help that they may not earlier than.”

C-band deployments shake up North America’s 5G panorama

As Kim alluded to beforehand, the C-band auctions had been extremely widespread, elevating a gross whole of $81.17 billion, far surpassing the earlier public sale report of $44 billion raised within the AWS-3 public sale that ran in 2014-2015. Verizon, alone, spent $52.9 billion on C-band spectrum. That amount of cash acquired Verizon 3,511 licenses in all the 406 geographic Partial Financial Areas (PEA) that make up the USA. AT&T spent $23.4 billion for 1,621 licenses in 406 PEAs, T-Cell US purchased 142 licenses in 72 PEAs for $9.3 billion.

When Verizon and AT&T activated their C-band 5G networks on January 19th 2022, the pair lastly shook up the dynamic during which T-Cell was the one U.S. provider utilizing giant swaths of mid-band spectrum for 5G within the type of the two.5 GHz spectrum that’s acquired its arms on following the April 2020 acquisition of Dash.

In reality, a latest Opensignal report confirmed that 5G obtain speeds on each AT&T and Verizon networks have elevated as a direct results of their C-band deployments. 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 almost 50%.

When requested if the U.S. wants extra midband spectrum, Kim responded: “Is there an excessive amount of Malibu beachfront?”

Mainly, you possibly can by no means have an excessive amount of spectrum, particularly when that spectrum gives the goldilocks-like compromise of higher protection in comparison with mmWave, whereas getting sufficient allotted spectrum to realize a number of the speeds promised by 5G. “We must always liberate extra unused or under-utilized spectrum to allow all of the purposes for the American inhabitants,” he concluded.


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