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When consumers think of 5G, their minds often automatically think of mobile connectivity. The official launch of C-band last January brought to light the idea of increased spectrum connectivity. Although this has been anticipated by the telecom industry for years, finally seeing it come to fruition has the mainstream media getting invested in the benefits this 5G spectrum could provide.
When 5G was first introduced five years ago, it caught the attention of many who quickly realized the challenge of rapid implementation due to stringent infrastructure requirements. The introduction of C-band provides a solution, enabling 5G upgrades while simultaneously addressing coverage and capacity needs.
This enhanced implementation will allow users to start seeing improvements across the board, but not just in the form of a mobile connection. In addition to the benefits for mobile operators, the advancements provided by C-band will usher in a new era for fixed broadband access, especially in rural communities.
The need for fixed broadband has been amplified during the pandemic as users have dramatically increased their need for internet access from home. This exposed the digital divide that rural communities face, which led to her gaining traction with the White House. As a result, a new infrastructure bill aimed at improving the underlying network infrastructure was drafted, as fiber to the home and fiber to the site in rural areas proved to be too expensive and impractical. for large-scale implementation.
C-band offers an alternative option allowing fixed wireless broadband access via antennas. Mid-band frequency spectrum (1 GHz to 6 GHz) can provide rural users, both businesses and households, with provider and service options they may not have experienced before.
C-Band also allows for higher speed and capacity
In addition to the prospect of fixed broadband where C-band frequency spectra enable rural connectivity, this enables higher speed and capacity. Spectra used in the past while generating mobile coverage had drawbacks in terms of capacity and experience.
The mmWave spectrum (24GHz+) can transmit data at hyper speeds but only at limited distances, requiring line-of-site facilities, while the sub-1GHz offers the opposite. The C-Band mid-band spectrum falls under acts as a perfect balance, transmitting data at high speeds and capacities while providing the coverage needed to cover large areas. Deployed with lens antenna technology, the additional capacity can be enabled with fewer antenna locations compared to other antenna types, resulting in cost benefits.
From a more localized perspective, C-Band is now integrated into marquee venues and stadiums. In these small spaces, improved bandwidth and higher performance are essential given the concentrated number of users looking to connect and the inherent need to share more content. To support the mobile experience fans have come to expect from these sites, operators and site owners have turned to C-Band deployments.
Deployed on the basis of 4G/LTE, the C-band antenna builds on this functionality while adding the increased speed and capacity accustomed to midband spectrum. Multiple venues will see increased results with these implementations allowing fans to have a more reliable and overall better experience at their game days or concerts in the coming months.
Looking ahead, these milestones mark only the beginning of C-band implementation in the telecommunications industry. As technology continues to become more advanced and connected to everyone and everything, the need for higher capacity networks will continue to grow exponentially.
Leo Matysine is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of MatSing Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of large and lightweight RF lenses. MatSing introduces a new era of antenna design for the telecommunications industry. This piece is exclusive to Broadband Breakfast.
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