Verizon is going all out in its efforts to close the 5G coverage gap to T-Mobile13
That's because Big Red currently sits at a major disadvantage in that particular (and particularly important) department, unwisely focusing on mmWave-based 5G rollouts providing a blazing fast signal for only a tiny fraction of the operator's customers across the nation.
5G deployment strategy involved a so-called "layer cake" combining low, mid, and high-band spectrum to aim for the perfect balance of speed and coverage. The problem is Verizon's low and mid-band spectrum holdings pale in comparison to the technology owned by Magenta after the completion of its Sprint takeover.As proven by the "New T-Mobile", arguably the best initial
For what it's worth, America's largest wireless service provider is finally seeing the error of its ways, pulling out all the stops to close the 5G availability gap... eventually. That includes working hard on a potentially game-changing technology called dynamic spectrum sharing, as well as allocating huge sums of money for two major spectrum auctions, and according to a new Light Reading report, acquiring much-needed spectrum left and right from smaller companies.
Although Big Red remains very much focused on spreading the 5G Ultra Wideband love to "parts" of dozens of additional cities by the end of the year, these "secondary market" transactions rounded up by AllNet Insights & Analytics are exclusively aimed at beefing up the operator's Sub 6GHz portfolio.
We're talking both low and mid-band spectrum, purchased from a number of companies including Spotlight Media, Orion Wireless, and even AT&T, which Verizon will undoubtedly use to try to expand the cringeworthy coverage of its current 5G network alongside the wealth of CBRS and C-band technology the wireless giant is expected to snap up in two FCC auctions, one of which is already halfway done.