Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it has commenced the installation of C-band 5G RAN equipment from Ericsson and Samsung Electronics. Verizon secured an average of 161MHz of C-band spectrum nationwide in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction. The press release notes: ‘Although the initial spectrum won’t be cleared until the end of this year, Verizon and its vendor partners have already begun the work to ensure the super-fast 5G Ultra Wideband service using C-band is deployed to 100 million customers by March 2022.’
In order to achieve that 100 million people metric, the service will initially go live in 46 markets. By 2023 coverage will increase to more than 175 million people, ultimately rising to 250 million people by 2024, when the remaining C-band spectrum is cleared.