• AT&T likely to start refarming low-band spectrum for 5G next year




    While we don't know too many details quite yet apparently AT&T is poised to refarm some of its low band spectrum for 5G next year. Although many of us have assumed that AT&T would do this up to this point they haven't made it publicly known.

    So far AT&T has been focusing on its 39 GHz spectrum (mmWave) which it plans to use in urban hot spots for 5G NR. While this spectrum is great for speeds in small areas; presumably great for fixed wireless broadband; but it's not economical to be used over large geographic areas.

    AT&T knows that it needs to utilize spectrum that goes greater distances and that performs better indoors without the aid of small cells or repeaters when it comes to mobile. This will allow it to better compete in coverage with T-Mobile who is deploying its 5G NR anchor network using low band as well.

    Gordon Mansfield, VP of Converged Access and Device Technology at AT&T said: “We’ll let the market and our customers determine the pace at which we deploy that additional spectrum. These lower bands have different propagation characteristics vs. mmWave, such as longer transmission distances and better penetration through buildings and other obstructions,” which makes them a strong complement. While we don’t have a specific deployment timeline for low-band spectrum, we’ll likely start deploying it next year as compatible chipsets become available.”

    AT&T has a plethora of low band spectrum but also mid band spectrum much of which could be refarmed at some point. The operator’s LTE network for example primarily works on its AWS-1 and 700 MHz spectrum licenses, but can also stretch into its WCS holdings and other spectrum bands. AT&T says that the sub-6 GHz radios that they have been deploying this year are all 5G ready and thus 5G can be turned on through software as capacity dictates.



    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...r-5g-next-year
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T likely to start refarming low-band spectrum for 5G next year started by @TheRealDanny View original post
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