Verizon and AT&T have launched 5G in the c-band after several delays.
Both operators launched services on 19 January, two weeks after their already-delayed launch date. The operators have chosen to delay their launch around airports due to uncertainty around the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) rules.
Verizon says that more than 100 million people will now have access to speeds that are up to 10x faster than 4G LTE. AT&T says its c-band network will begin roll out in eight metro areas across the US, and this will expand rapidly throughout the year.
These new networks will be operating in the 3.7 – 3.98 GHz band. Airlines and the FAA have stated their concern that launching services in this band could interfere with aeroplane altimeters, which operate in the 4.2 – 4.4 GHz band.