Main cell operators AT&T, T-Cellular and Verizon are targeted on deploying midband 5G via 2021 and into 2022.
AT&T and Verizon may also strengthen their high-band millimeter wave (mmWave) and low-band 5G choices via 2022. New entrant Dish, in the meantime, plans to start its preliminary industrial 5G service early in 2022.
AT&T 5G rollouts
AT&T mentioned it is going to begin deploying 5G service within the midband C-band spectrum by the top of 2021.
“AT&T plans to deploy the primary 40 MHz of the 80 MHz C-band spectrum acquired from the final public sale by the top of 2021,” AT&T spokeswoman Tiffany Heikkila mentioned. “We count on to cowl 70 to 75 million individuals with C-band by the top of 2022 and 200 million by the top of 2023.”
The operator already covers 250 million individuals in almost 500 markets within the nation with 5G through dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) on its 850 MHz band. DSS permits 5G new radio and 4G LTE to coexist on the identical frequency, but it surely limits 5G obtain speeds to 4G ranges to round 50 Mbps. AT&T mentioned it is going to develop sub-6 GHz protection in 2022.
AT&T additionally intends to increase its 39 GHz mmWave 5G protection, which the corporate calls 5G+, via 2021. The service delivers speeds of 1 Gbps or extra however can solely cowl restricted areas of cities which are densely networked with high-band 5G.
“We provide cell 5G over mmWave in elements of 38 cities throughout the U.S.,” Heikkila mentioned. “By the top of 2021, we count on to supply this to elements of greater than 40 cities.”
Dish 5G rollouts
Dish is the one U.S. operator that’s at the moment constructing a brand new greenfield 5G wi-fi community. The corporate has hit some timing snags alongside the best way and has fallen behind its promised schedule with the launch.
Now, Dish mentioned it is going to launch its 90-day beta trial through the fourth quarter of 2021 in Las Vegas. The corporate plans to launch its preliminary industrial 5G service in that metropolis within the first quarter of 2022.
T-Cellular 5G rollouts
Neville Ray, T-Cellular’s president of know-how, introduced that the operator’s 600 MHz Prolonged Vary 5G covers over 305 million individuals throughout 1.7 million sq. miles within the U.S. Though the 600 MHz service affords low switch speeds with downloads between 30 Mbps and 75 Mbps, it permits the low-band service to cowl nearly your complete inhabitants of the nation.
Ray mentioned that T-Cellular’s 2.5 GHz midband 5G service now covers over 165 million individuals with obtain speeds averaging 350 Mbps. The operator’s plan is to increase the protection of its midband Extremely Capability service to over 200 million Individuals by the top of the 12 months.
“The typical quantity of midband 2.5 GHz spectrum we’ve got deployed for 5G is 60-80 MHz proper now, however our plan is to develop that to 100 MHz by the top of this 12 months,” Ray wrote in a T-Cellular submit.
T-Cellular additionally launched its 5G fastened wi-fi broadband dwelling web service commercially in April 2021. It expanded this service throughout 51 cities and cities in 4 states in late September. The operator mentioned it now serves “greater than 600 locations nationwide.” The system makes use of 600 MHz and a pair of.5 GHz bands for 5G entry and affords 4G LTE connectivity.
Verizon 5G rollouts
Verizon secured a median of 161 MHz of C-band spectrum nationwide at a current Federal Communications Fee public sale, making it the massive winner of the midband sell-off. “We have beforehand mentioned we would cowl 100 million individuals utilizing C-band spectrum by the top of March 2022,” Verizon spokeswoman Christina Moon Ashraf mentioned.
Verizon reported that, throughout a trial run, it achieved obtain speeds of 4.3 Gbps aggregating C-band and mmWave spectrum. Verizon at the moment has 82 cities and cities utilizing its 28 GHz mmWave service branded as Extremely Wideband. The operator declined to speak about what number of extra markets it plans to cowl with mmWave in 2022, nonetheless, describing that as aggressive data.
Its low-band cell 5G service, utilizing DSS, at the moment covers 230 million individuals within the U.S. Verizon mentioned it plans to develop its 5G fastened wi-fi entry (FWA) to extra cities in 2022. The FWA service at the moment covers 57 cities within the U.S.