Verizon 5G: Looking Forward

Adding C-band to its 5G lineup helps Verizon prepare for the future

Facts are facts: more and more mobile devices are flooding the world and they are all looking for internet access. It’s not just cell phones either; sensors, trackers and other “invisible” mobile devices are also looking for connections. Take a step back and think about all of this and it’s easy to see that not only are more wireless connections needed, but also more bandwidth to handle all the internet traffic the world craves.

5G is the latest generation of mobile technology. It currently comes in different flavors, from low-band 5G which offers wide coverage but comparable performance to 4G LTE, to millimeter wave-based high-band 5G which offers exceptional performance but is available on a limited basis. much more limited. Midband 5G sits in the middle, offering a mix of wide coverage and strong performance.

It’s with midband that Verizon pushes its 5G Ultra Wideband network one step further. The company recently announced that it is using C-band, which sits in this midband spectrum, to expand its high-performance 5G ultra-wideband to reach more than 100 million US consumers by early 2022. From simple file downloads and movie streams to video calls and games, Verizon plans to improve everything you do online with this network extension.

Ultra Play and Faster Work

The company relies heavily on the ability to stream real-time data as close as possible. Users who make video calls expect to have clear conversations with few jumps and drops in video or audio. Gamers want to play mobile video games that look and feel like they’re at home with their gaming console. Moviegoers want to download movies in minutes, not hours. The list continues.

By adding C-band to its 5G Ultra Wideband network, Verizon says it can not only provide its customers with all of these things, but also deliver high-performance wireless internet connections at home and at work. Considering that, with C-band, 5G Ultra Wideband can deliver download speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon 4G LTE, it looks like the company is onto something.

There are two ways to interpret the concept of “10 times faster”: you can download 10 times more data in the same amount of time that you are currently downloading something, or you can get the same amount of data that you are currently using by 1/10 of the time. Either way, it’s fast!

This is clearly an advantage for video streaming, gaming, file sharing, mobile work, etc. It enables individuals and businesses to benefit from low latency and blazing fast speeds when downloading large files, which can change the way businesses operate and the way people experience on-the-go entertainment.

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More secure mobile hotspots

Free Wi-Fi hotspots are almost everywhere. You can finally go just about anywhere and enjoy Wi-Fi effortlessly. They’re especially common in hotels, restaurants, cafes, campuses, airports, and anywhere else you might spend more than a few minutes and need to do something.

If you’ve ever used one, however, you know it’s not the most reliable source for high-speed internet, especially when there are dozens of other users and devices vying for it. bandwidth.

Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband is clearly a better choice for increased speeds, but there’s another little-known benefit to mobile connectivity in general: improved security.

Although not all free Wi-Fi hotspots are completely secure, many are or have different levels of security in place, making it difficult to tell what is and what is not safe to do when is connected to one of these networks. You may have already heard good advice to avoid interacting with websites where you might enter sensitive information, such as your bank account, when connected to public Wi-Fi networks.

Mobile networks, like Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, on the other hand, are designed to be more secure than public Wi-Fi networks. An encrypted network (much more secure) will always be a better choice for a hotspot than a public Wi-Fi network.

Immersive and interactive entertainment experiences

Since C-band offers greater 5G range at fast speeds, you can expect immersive and interactive experiences such as augmented reality and virtual reality without tethering from your phone, and mobile games that previously wouldn’t work. reliably than on a fast home broadband network.

Think about it: what if you could enjoy a multi-camera display, unprecedented viewpoints and AR overlays for stats and games while watching your favorite football team? Or enjoy an up-close experience like a live concert or sporting event even though you’re sitting in nosebleed seats? 5G Ultra Wideband promises experiences like this through apps that can take advantage of Verizon’s speedy network.

According to Verizon, these types of immersive, up-close experiences also have the ability to change entire industries such as the movie industry. Movie editors will be able to download large files in minutes, for example, and special effects artists could use advanced cloud computing to volumetrically capture actors and render the data in real time.

Directors and producers could even shoot entire films remotely using HD streaming or use wireless 5G cameras to make previously impossible shots possible so fans can experience films from new vantage points.

These types of experiences are finally becoming possible thanks to the latency and bandwidth improvements of 5G. Verizon’s use of C-band for their 5G Ultra Wideband should help us discover these new technologies even faster.

Future-proof innovation

Things like smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, and laptops are all pretty standard items these days; we all know that these need connectivity wherever we go in order to use them as intended. But the future will demand much more, like smart city sensors that can track traffic jams or alert authorities to dangerous situations that, for example, require the use of machines instead of humans to locate and rescue people. victims.

Security solutions

For these types of futuristic dilemmas, Verizon has built several 5G labs. These labs are places where the company works with various partners to meet the needs of, for example, first responders and the public safety industry, and to discover solutions that can one day take advantage of the speed and the ability of 5G to do things like real time-lapse video capture, remote-controlled robots for disaster response aid, telemedicine, up-to-the-minute monitoring of water treatment facilities, or controlled robotic navigation by AR in low visibility scenarios.

Reduced traffic jams

Although there are already apps like Waze that rely on crowd-sourced data to help drivers avoid traffic jams and accidents, Verizon is betting its 5G Ultra Wideband can go further with communication. in near real time to relay traffic information to drivers for added safety. roads.

A futuristic rendering of how 5G could connect drivers to other information to make roads safer.

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Strong Bonds in Crowds

The massive connection capacity that C-band can deliver has long been one of the promises people expect to deliver when 5G is mentioned. While most people think of concert or stadium crowds and the simultaneous use of thousands of cell phones, adding C-band to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband offering can also help larger organizations by connecting thousands of robots or sensors in a factory. or warehouse all at the same time and transforming operations into leaner and faster processes.

Smaller products

One of 5G’s most exciting possibilities is the idea that it will help all kinds of companies build devices that are smaller than ever before. Since high-speed 5G internet can deliver near real-time data, it will enable off-device processing. This means game consoles, smart glasses, watches, IoT sensors and all sorts of other devices could be built smaller than ever before. Don’t like this big smartwatch on sale today? In a few years, we may see a smartwatch as small as a traditional and delicate Timex.

Improved communications for hospitals, farms and factories

Farm worker using smart phone with virtual reality artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze plant diseases

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Other areas that could benefit from 5G Ultra Wideband include:

  • Hospitals: Rapid connectivity increases the ability for patients to communicate with their physicians from miles away via seamless video calls, allows critical patient information and diagnostic results to move efficiently between hospitals, and allows surgeons to operate on patients remotely via hyper-precise robotics, where moment-by-moment -moment feedback is crucial.
  • Farms: Constant monitoring of humidity and feeding levels could help keep crops and livestock healthy and save farmers time and money.
  • Factories: Covering factories with sensors connected to 5G Ultra Wideband could enable continuous communication between machines at all stages of production, resulting in higher quality products, fewer breakdowns and safer working environments .

Speed, accuracy and security are just some of the ways 5G Ultra Wideband can help customers excel; it can also shape how products work from the earliest stages of development. We’re already seeing this with the evolution of gaming, from chunky consoles to ultra-high bandwidth VR headsets and cloud-based gameplay with minimal hardware. But there’s also room for smart glasses, watches, IoT sensors, and more to be made smaller and with greater efficiency, as Verizon’s high-speed 5G internet can deliver data in near time. real, allowing off-device processing and the potential for longer battery life. life.

The more we use the internet on the go, the more we all need a better way to access it. Verizon’s bet on C-band is a smart way to help us get to that point.


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The addition of C-band to its 5G line is helping Verizon prepare for the future

Facts are facts: More and more mobile devices are flooding the world and they’re all looking for internet access. It’s not just mobile phones, either; sensors, trackers, and other “invisible” mobile devices are looking for connections, too. Step back and think about it all and it’s easy to understand that not only are more wireless connections needed, but more bandwidth is necessary, too, to handle all the internet traffic the world is pushing for.

5G is the newest generation of mobile technology. It currently comes in various flavors, from low-band 5G that offers wide coverage but performance comparable to 4G LTE, to high-band, mmWave-based 5G that offers outstanding performance but is available on a much more limited basis. Mid-band 5G sits in the middle, offering a blend of broad coverage and strong performance.

It’s with mid-band that Verizon is taking its 5G Ultra Wideband network a step further. The company recently announced it’s using C-band, which is in that mid-band spectrum, to expand its high-performance 5G Ultra Wideband to reach more than 100 million U.S. consumers by early 2022. From simple file downloads and movie streams, to video calls and gaming, Verizon plans to improve everything you do online with this network expansion.

Ultra Play and Faster Work

Society relies heavily on the ability to stream data in as close to real time as possible. Users making video calls expect to hold clear conversations with few skips and drops in the video or audio. Gamers want to play mobile video games that look and feel as if they are at home with their game console. Movie fans want to download films in minutes, not hours. The list goes on.

By adding C-band to its 5G Ultra Wideband network, Verizon says that it can not only provide customers with all those things but even provide high-performing wireless home and work internet connections as well. Since, with C-band, 5G Ultra Wideband can offer download speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon 4G LTE, it appears the company is on to something.

There are two ways to interpret the concept of ‘10 times faster’: You can download 10 times the data in the same amount of time you currently download something, or get the same amount of data you currently use in 1/10 the time. Either way, it’s fast!

This is clearly an advantage for video streaming, gaming, file sharing, mobile work, and more. It allows people and businesses to experience low latency and super fast speeds when downloading huge files, which can change how businesses operate and how people experience entertainment on the go.

Westend61/Getty
More Secure Mobile Hotspots

Free-to-use Wi-Fi hotspots are almost everywhere. You can finally go just about anywhere and grab some Wi-Fi with little effort. They’re especially common in hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, campuses, airports, and anywhere else you might spend more than a few minutes and need to get something done.

If you’ve ever used one, however, you know that they’re not the most reliable source for high-speed internet, especially when there are dozens of other users and devices vying for bandwidth.

Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband is clearly a better choice for increased speeds, but there’s another little-known benefit of mobile connectivity generally: improved security.

While not all free Wi-Fi hotspots are completely insecure, many are or have implemented various levels of security, making it hard to tell what is and isn’t safe to do when connected to one of these networks. You might have heard good advice before about avoiding interacting with websites where you might enter sensitive information, like your bank account, when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi networks.

Mobile networks, like Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, on the other hand, are designed to be more secure than public Wi-Fi networks. An encrypted (much safer) network will always be a smarter choice for a hotspot than a public Wi-Fi network.

Immersive, Interactive Entertainment Experiences

Because C-band offers greater 5G reach at fast speeds, you can expect immersive and interactive experiences like untethered AR and VR from your phone, and mobile gaming that would previously work reliably only on a fast home broadband network.

Think about it: What if you could enjoy multi-camera viewing, unprecedented vantage points, and AR overlays for stats and plays while watching your favorite football team? Or enjoy an up-close experience like a live concert or sports event even though you’re sitting in nose-bleed seats? 5G Ultra Wideband promises experiences like this through apps that can take advantage of Verizon’s speedy network.

These kinds of immersive, close-up experiences, says Verizon, also have the ability to change entire industries such as the movie industry. Film editors will be able to download massive files in minutes, for example, and special effects artists could use edge cloud computing to volumetrically capture actors and render the data in real-time.

Directors and producers could even shoot entire movies remotely using HD streaming or use tetherless 5G cameras to make previously impossible shots possible so fans can experience movies from new viewpoints.

These kinds of experiences are now finally becoming possible thanks to the latency and bandwidth improvements in 5G. Verizon’s use of the C-band for their 5G Ultra Wideband should help us experience these cool new technologies even faster.

Future-proof Innovation 

Things like smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, and laptops are all pretty standard items these days; we all know those need connectivity wherever we go in order to use them as designed. But there are many more things the future will require, like smart city sensors that can track traffic congestion or alert authorities to dangerous situations that, say, require the use of machines instead of humans to locate and rescue victims.

Safety Solutions

For those types of futuristic dilemmas, Verizon has built several 5G Labs. These labs are places where the company works with a variety of partners to solve the needs, for example, of first responders and the public safety industry, and to discover solutions that can one day leverage the speed and capacity of 5G to achieve things like real time video capturing, remotely operated robots for disaster response aid, telemedicine, up-to-the-minute monitoring of water treatment facilities, or AR-controlled robotic navigation in low-visibility scenarios.

Easing of Traffic Congestion

While there are already apps like Waze that rely on crowd-sourced data to help drivers avoid congestion and traffic accidents, Verizon is betting that its 5G Ultra Wideband can take things a step farther with near real time communication to relay traffic information to drivers for safer roads.

Blue Planet Studio/Getty
Strong Connections in Crowds

The massive connection capacity C-band can offer has long been one of the promises people expect to be kept when 5G is mentioned. While most people think of concert or stadium crowds and the use of thousands of cell phones at once, the addition of C-band to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband offering can also help large organizations, too, by connecting thousands of robots or sensors in a factory or warehouse all at the same time and transforming operations into leaner, faster processes.

Smaller Products

One of the more interesting possibilities of 5G is the idea that it will help all kinds of companies build devices that are smaller than ever. Since high-speed 5G internet can deliver data in near real time it will allow off-device processing. That means game consoles, smart glasses, watches, IoT sensors, and all kinds of other devices could be built smaller than ever. Don’t like that big smartwatch on sale today? A few years from now we may see a smartwatch as small as a traditional, delicate Timex.

Improved Communications for Hospitals, Farms, and Factories
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Other areas that could benefit from 5G Ultra Wideband include:

Hospitals: Fast connectivity raises the potential for patients to communicate with their doctor miles away over smooth video calls, allow critical patient information and diagnostic results to move efficiently between hospitals, and surgeons to operate on patients remotely via hyper-precise robotics, where moment-by-moment feedback is crucial.
Farms: Constant monitoring of moisture and feed levels could help keep crops and cattle healthy, and save farmers time and money.
Factories: Covering factories with sensors connected to 5G Ultra Wideband could enable continuous communication between machinery during all stages of production, resulting in everything from higher quality products, fewer failures, and safer working environments.

Speed, precision, and safety are just a few ways 5G Ultra Wideband can help customers excel; it can also shape how products work from the very early stages of development. We’re already seeing this with the evolution of gaming from bulky consoles to ultra-high bandwidth VR headsets and cloud-based gameplay with minimal hardware. But there’s also room for smart glasses, watches, IoT sensors, and more to be created smaller and with greater efficiency since Verizon’s high-speed 5G internet can deliver data in near real time, allowing for off-device processing and the potential for longer battery life.

The more we use the internet on the go, the more we all need a better way to access it. Verizon’s bet on the C-band is a smart way to help us get to that point.

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