Verizon begins provisioning C-band units

What you need to know:

  • Ericsson and Samsung basebands, radios and antennas are currently deployed on the Verizon network.

  • The introduction of RAN devices, combined with Verizon’s recent tower agreements, will accelerate the deployment of 5G Ultra Wideband in existing infrastructure using the C-band spectrum.

  • By the end of the first quarter of 2022, 100 million customers will have access to the groundbreaking 5G ultra wideband service over the C-band spectrum

NEW YORK – Verizon recently began installing C-band equipment from Ericsson and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd to accelerate the delivery of its 5G ultra wideband and fixed wireless broadband service in its recently acquired C-band spectrum.

Verizon secured an average of 161 MHz C-band spectrum nationwide in the latest FCC auction, enabling the company to offer enhanced mobility and broadband services to millions of more consumers and businesses. The C-band spectrum offers a valuable balance between capacity and coverage for 5G networks, enabling 5G ultra-broadband speeds and coverage for mobility, broadband and business internet solutions. For the provision of 5G Ultra Wideband in this spectrum, new network devices such as basebands, radios and antennas must be attached to existing towers.

Verizon hired Ericsson and Samsung to provide the Radio Access Network (RAN) devices for this massive deployment. Although the initial spectrum won’t be released until the end of this year, Verizon and its supplier partners have already started work to ensure that the ultra-fast 5G Ultra Wideband service with C-band will be available to 100 million customers by March 2022.

“We’re working quickly with our equipment partners to get everything in order once this C-band spectrum is cleared for use,” said Kyle Malady, Verizon’s chief technology officer. “This is a tremendous undertaking to bring this breakthrough feature into the network as soon as possible that our customers are already relying on for consistent, superior performance when they need it most.”

In the first quarter of 2022, Verizon expects to roll out the new 5G C-band spectrum in the first 46 markets and offer 5G ultra-broadband service to 100 million people. Coverage is expected to increase to more than 175 million people in 2022 and 2023. By 2024 and beyond, when the remaining C-band spectrum is cleared, it is expected that more than 250 million people will have access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service on C-band spectrum.

Verizon’s frequency bands are contiguous, which will streamline deployment across mainland America. The recently signed and announced agreements with Verizon tower partners Crown and SBA Communications will also help accelerate deployment. These envision process improvements, including standardizing and reducing forms, and minimizing legal reviews, so Verizon development teams can accelerate the deployment of C-band devices. Both agreements provide conditions for renting space on existing towers for C-band devices.

RAN equipment

Ericsson is partnering with Verizon to deliver its industry-leading Antenna-Integrated Radio (AIR) product from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which supports Verizon’s network deployment. Ericsson’s solution adopts a superior massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) architecture, high performance through Ericsson Uplink Booster and advanced beamforming technology to provide a better user experience. Recent C-band performance tests have shown record breaking data rates in both the uplink and downlink on a single user device.

“Ericsson has the expertise and track record to deliver the world’s highest performing 5G networks and we are driving technological advances with our long-term partner Verizon to realize its 5G ambitions,” said Graham Osborne, vice president and Head of Customer Unit Verizon, Ericsson North America.

Samsung’s massive MIMO radios and fully virtualized RAN (vRAN) are among the first solutions the company is introducing to Verizon’s commercial C-band network. To achieve the best 5G user experience, Samsung’s Massive MIMO radio supports high capacity and throughput and has proven, advanced beamforming technology. Leveraging the two companies’ previous collaboration – on the industry’s first large-scale commercial vRAN – Samsung’s new C-Band Massive MIMO radios can be deployed faster and more efficiently thanks to their software-driven management and commissioning in Verizon’s virtualized network architecture.

“Samsung and Verizon are expanding our network collaboration – from deploying CDMA to introducing 5G home and vRAN commercialization. Today we’re proud to support Verizon in delivering C-band to bring the 5G ultra wideband Continuing to expand service, “said Magnus Ojert, senior vice president and head of Verizon’s Networks Business, Samsung Electronics America:” Samsung’s C-band and true virtualized solutions provide the power and flexibility needed to get the most out of it Realize the potential of 5G and improve the user experience for Verizon’s customers. “

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