Network managers should know about 5G C-band sooner rather than later

With the FAA issues largely resolved, major mobile networks continue to expand their C-band 5G coverage. This is good news for the channel.

Eric Purcell

The scores of the headlines generated by minor dust between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and mobile carriers late last year quickly came and went.

Apparently, with few people noticing, most of the news in recent months regarding 5G C-band rollout has been positive, especially for the enterprise market.

Verizon told investors in March that managers expect private 5G networks, enterprise solutions and mobile edge computing (MEC) to be a potentially big payday by 2025. The telecommunications company illustrated expected growth with a slide that shows how private networks, enterprise solutions, and MEC can be worth $30 billion.

T-Mobile, traditionally not a major player in the business, is now aiming to win customers in edge computing and private networks, according to comments made earlier this year by the chief financial officer. Peter Osvaldik.

It’s no surprise that T-Mobile is vying for a share of the enterprise market and tapping into all those mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum licenses it got when it acquired Sprint in 2020. Additionally, T-Mobile supplemented these licenses with the purchase of some of the highly sought-after midrange spectrum. auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year.

T-Mobile was certainly not the only bidder. AT&T and Verizon dominated the FCC auction in pay huge sums to license 3.7-3.98 GHz spectrum. Yet, the group that will benefit the most from this fiery competitive environment are the enterprise customers. Increased competition between suppliers generally produces more choice, lower prices and better service.

What’s in it for channel partners?

While 5G isn’t new, pairing it with C-band improves performance. C-band refers to radio waves operating in a mid-band spectrum (between 2 and 7 GHz). C-band offers the unique combination of wider coverage and higher bandwidth, making it superior to 4G and LTE.

Low-spectrum frequencies offer better propagation, meaning they can pass through walls and the like. Higher-bandwidth spectrum gives IT managers more capacity and is better suited to delivering bandwidth-intensive applications, such as video and virtual reality.

For IT managers with higher bandwidth requirements who hope to one day replace their fiber or wired lines, 5G C-Band brings them a step closer. They don’t call the C band the goldilocks spectrum for nothing.. For many professional applications, C-band is perfect.

5G C-band offers lower latency, enabling self-driving cars or surgical tool arms with the low latency and high bandwidth needed to process data and respond faster, presumably leading to greater security. Robotic arms will be more precise, and drones may no longer need line-of-sight operators. Two of the nation’s largest retail pharmacies have already started leveraging 5G C-band to ensure performance for point-of-sale terminals.

As mobile network leaders continue to expand their C-band 5G offerings, it’s a good time to get acquainted with technologythe benefits and to distinguish fact from fiction about what has been written.

Why the C-band rollout dragged on

For various reasons, the FAA caused the most notable delay.

Last fall, the agency released an 11ehour-long claim that aircraft altimeters have been negatively affected by 5G transmissions. As many have pointed out, many other countries have…

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