//Verizon says it’s weeks away from a major upgrade to rural 5G

Verizon says it’s weeks away from a major upgrade to rural 5G

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Verizon says its up to 200MHz C-band 5G spectrum has been cleared for use four months ahead of schedule — an upgrade it says will bring more bandwidth and faster throughput to its customers, particularly those in rural areas. The company will use the new spectrum to expand its 5G-based home and business internet business in addition to improving its wireless phone service. The spectrum is available after the FCC validated satellite communications company SES’s move to using higher C-band spectrum earlier this month.

On X (formerly Twitter), people have recently reported seeing 100MHz of spectrum for its 5G Ultra Wideband (UW) service in rural places like Intercourse, Pennsylvania, and Bristol, Virginia, showing Ookla Speedtest…

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