AT&T has unveiled its plans for the next phase of its 5G+ expansion. The moniker refers to the carrier’s mmWave 5G, but the company announced that its upcoming C-band spectrum would fall under 5G+ as well.
C-band spectrum sits between mmWave and low-band 5G and provides much better coverage and speeds than mmWave and low-band spectrum, respectively.
Back in February of 2021, AT&T purchased 80MHz of C-band spectrum in an FCC auction to be used for 5G. Since then, AT&T has been aggressively testing C-band deployment so it could be ready to go as soon as the spectrum became available for deployment.
This spectrum, also known as mid-band, is between 3.7GHz and 4GHz and is an efficient middle-ground between mmWave and low-band 5G. This spectrum also benefits from being new to cell networks meaning that AT&T will not need to pull spectrum from the rest of its network to deploy it.
C-band 5G will allow AT&T to cover suburban and urban areas with enough capacity to deliver high speeds without needing a 5G mast on every street corner. Its existing low-band 5G coverage will still be helpful to fill in the gaps as well as perfect for low-density environments that need to make the most of fewer 5G towers. If you live in the country, you’ll likely be using the low-band network primarily, but due to the lower population, you should still have plenty of speed.
AT&T also includes access to 5G with all of its unlimited plans now, meaning that you’ll only need one of the best Android phones with 5G support on AT&T’s network to get the best out of the network.
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