Verizon, UScellular stage successful 5G mmWave trials

7 May 2021

US mobile giant Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Ericsson and MediaTek for a lab trial involving the aggregation of C-band spectrum with millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. The trial aggregated 100MHz of C-band spectrum together with 600MHz of mmWave spectrum and achieved download speeds of 4.3Gbps.

In other news, UScellular (formerly US Cellular), Qualcomm Technologies, Ericsson and Inseego have achieved sustained 5G download speeds of 1Gbps over the cellco’s commercial network. This milestone was accomplished at a distance of 7km, which the parties say represents the farthest 5G mmWave fixed-wireless access (FWA) connection in the US to date. The trial was performed in Janesville, Wisconsin. Additionally, at a distance of 1.75km with no line of sight, the companies achieved sustained average downlink speeds of 730Mbps and sustained average uplink speeds of 38Mbps.