Verizon breaks 1Gbps barrier with 5G wideband tech

American telecoms giant Verizon has announced its engineers have achieved a record 1.26 Gbps in upload speed using 5G Ultra Wideband technology.

The record upload was achieved in a live network test environment in the lab and the field spanning 20 MHz of LTE spectrum and 400 MHz of mmWave spectrum from the 28 GHz band on devices currently commercially available.

According to Verizon, the new record highlights the company’s ability to “unleash additional performance” by aggregating different combinations of spectrum. With the recent acquisition of C-band spectrum, Verizon has a full spectrum portfolio across low, mid and high band spectrum – 294 MHz in sub-6 GHz spectrum (low and mid band) and 1,741 MHz of mmWave spectrum (high band).

Over the next few years, as additional spectrum is cleared by satellite companies, Verizon claims it will be able to deploy 5G Ultra Wideband on all available bandwidth that it has licensed, up to 200 MHz.

When the full breadth of spectrum is accessed, customers should be able to expect peak download speeds to reach 2.4 gigabits per second, up from the 900 megabits per second experienced with 60 MHz deployed.

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