Tuesday, Verizon launched its 5G network across the country. The largest US operators already have fast ultra-wideband services supported by the high-band mmWave spectrum. The problem with mmWave is that the signal cannot travel very far, nor can it penetrate the structure well. But what they can do is provide fast download speeds. At the same time, due to the low-band spectrum, T-Mobile and AT&T can provide 5G services from coast to coast nationwide. For example, T-Mobile’s 600MHz signal travels far, but it cannot provide the data speed of mmWave.
How Verizon customers know if their iPhone is connected to low-band or high-band 5G
In order to launch its coast-to-coast 5G network, Verizon turned to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), a technology that enables it to provide low-band 5G services nationwide. Therefore, when customers can access their ultra-high-speed ultra-wideband signals in the 28 GHz or 39 GHz range, they will be able to receive fast 5G services with high capacity and low latency. If they can̵
7;t connect to mmWave signals (currently in 55 cities, 60 cities by the end of this year), DSS technology will move the connection to the low-band 5G in the 850MHz range. If the connection is not strong, the phone can use 4G LTE. DSS gears are manufactured by Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung.
Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director of Mobile Ecosystem, said: “When the iPhone 12 is in areas with good millimeter wave coverage, it will sing, but we estimate that this will only account for a small percentage of people. Think about all the people in the United States who use iPhones now ( Not used in Wi-Fi), about 1% of sessions will get the best 5G speed (1 GB or higher). Have more 4G+ experience; in other words, it will be faster than LTE, but not as good as T -Mobile’s 2.5 GHz mid-band service or T-Mobile’s 600MHz and 2.5GHz combined service speed. As part of the merger of the two, T-Mobile obtained 2.5GHz spectrum from Sprint.
All four Apple iPhone 12 models in the United States will be compatible with 5G signals below 6 GHz and fast millimeter wave spectrum. So, if you have an iPhone 12 model on Verizon, can you determine which 5G band you are in? Thanks to Verizon’s new commercial starring comedian Chris Rock yesterday, we can see that as long as the iPhone 12 series phones are connected to Verizon’s UltraWide band, on the status bar you will see the letters UW stacked vertically. On the other hand, if you are using Verizon’s nationwide DSS 5G network, you will only see the 5G logo.
Verizon will display two different logos so that its customers will not be confused between low-band 5G signals and high-band signals. Thanks to a small trick called carrier aggregation, it can merge up to eight channels, and Verizon is reported to provide 5G data speeds up to 4Gbps.
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg (Hans Vestberg) stood out at Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event Apple CEO Tim Cook maintains social distancing. Heidi Hemmer, vice president of Verizon technology, said that third-party companies rank Verizon’s 4G LTE network higher than some competitors’ 5G networks. When talking about DSS-based 5G low-band services, the executive said that Verizon has enough capacity to handle all new iPhone models that will join its network in the near future.
In some cases, consumers who switch to Verizon will be eligible for a free iPhone 12. Existing customers can use device payment plans and select unlimited plans for as low as $15 a month for iPhone 12 charges.