In case you’re on an essential Verizon plan, you will be left with the organization’s poor performing “nationwide” 5G network — even after basic C-band spectrum comes online. The organization uncovered in a presentation to investors and affirmed to The Verge that C-band frequencies, and their faster speeds, might be accessible to clients on “premium” unlimited plans. Those on metered or the essential Start Unlimited plan will be consigned to slower, low-band 5G.
This is basically how the organization as of now treats its ultra-fast mmWave 5G: clients on the base-level unlimited plan don’t approach this network, while Play More, Do More, and Get More Unlimited subscribers do. Clients on metered plans don’t have mmWave access either, and in like manner will not have C-band, however they can add access to both for an extra charge.
That is awful information for Verizon clients trusting that C-band would improve the poor performance they’re seeing on the organization’s nationwide 5G. The network presently utilizes narrow low-band channels not appropriate for 5G, and depends on a technology called Dynamic Spectrum Sharing to accommodate 4G and 5G traffic on similar frequencies. Therefore, Verizon’s 5G speeds are nearer to 4G — and at times even slower.
Verizon has been restricted by the range it approaches, thus it spent enormous in the new FCC auction of mid-band frequencies known as C-band. This chunk of spectrum is ideal for 5G, offering faster speeds than LTE with coverage that is more extensive than range-restricted mmWave. The organization offer $45.4 billion on C-band licenses — more than double what AT&T spent. At the point when these squares of frequencies begin opening up toward the year’s end, it ought to altogether help the network’s performance.
What’s more, that $45 billion is only the beginning. Verizon uncovered on its investor presentation that it intends to spend an extra $10 billion over the course of the following three years on C-band organization, far in excess of its expected capital expenditure. That is likely why the organization is incredibly quick to channel clients into “step up” plans, and is utilizing that C-band range as incentive.
Verizon likewise says that going ahead, all new phones that it sells will be C-band viable. That is as of now the case for flagships like the Galaxy S21 and iPhone 12 series, however not all budget or midrange phone are C-band viable in the US. That is something less for phone shoppers to need to consider when purchasing a telephone with Verizon, however it additionally makes Verizon’s work of talking you into a more costly plan simpler, as well. What’s more, in case you’re on one of their basic plans, you may be hearing that sales pitch sooner than later.