AT&T’s C-Band spectrum is now operational in certain regions of eight metro areas, including Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Orlando, and South Florida. At this point, AT&T is taking its time with the rollout, but the carrier claims the C-Band spectrum will “grow swiftly” as part of a “thoughtful and efficient implementation.” Users using AT&T’s C-Band network or already existing mmWave connection will notice a “5G+” sign in the iPhone’s cellular status bar.
Verizon, on the other hand, revealed earlier this month its intentions to extend its 5G Ultra Wideband service to 1,700 cities later in January, and that expansion began today with the introduction of the C-Band spectrum. Verizon customers on Reddit are posting information about where Verizon’s 5G connection has unexpectedly increased, including spots where C-Band connectivity is available. Users of Verizon will see a “5G UW” signal.
There have been a series of delays due to aviation sector concerns Concerning the launch but Verizon and AT&T were able to overcome it all thus went out to start delivering the C-Band 5G spectrum which began today, increasing the availability of 5G connections for consumers throughout the United States.
There have been reports from places all around the nation, including Los Angeles, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Rochester, and many more. Verizon said that the C-Band launch will deliver faster 5G speeds to more than 100 million people, but has yet to release a C-Band coverage map.
AT&T’s 5G+ and Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband are up to ten times faster than LTE and can reach gigabit speeds.
Verizon and AT&T are also halting their C-Band rollout near airport runways to allow airlines and the FAA more time to determine if there are problems with aircraft altimeters.
Earlier this week, prominent U.S. airlines sent an urgent letter warning that the 5G deployment might result in a “catastrophic” catastrophe with flights cancelled, delayed, or diverted.
The FAA has established buffer zones around 50 major airports with wireless transmitters near runways, but for the time being, AT&T and Verizon will shut off a two-mile zone surrounding impacted airports to alleviate concerns.
The two airlines have voiced dissatisfaction with the FAA’s lack of action, even though the agency has had years to prepare. In late 2020, the C-band spectrum was auctioned off, with Verizon paying $45 billion and AT&T paying $23 billion for access.
“We are disturbed by the FAA’s failure to achieve what almost 40 nations have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without affecting aviation services,” AT&T said in a statement.