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    Quote Originally Posted by ilvla2 View Post
    https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/.../d/d-id/753383

    I doubt we'll see much here until they start using 600 for it, MM Wave will be utterly useless in areas like this, other than maybe right inside a town.
    Sounds like, "We're going to deploy 5G just so we can say we have it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    Sounds like, "We're going to deploy 5G just so we can say we have it."

    Yep, keeping up with the Jones' and all that lol

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    there using 600 mhz spectrum that won't be anywhere near as what verizons offering for speeds

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    there using 600 mhz spectrum that won't be anywhere near as what verizons offering for speeds
    *shrug* Here in Iowa, Verizon Wireless' rural LTE coverage is largely band 13 only (11x11mhz channel -- no idea why the FCC licensed 22mhz instead of 20 ). In town (Iowa City) I've seen 80mbps a few times and typical is (depending on location) 10-20 or 20-30mbps, but that's off AWS( band 4) and PCS (band 2). Outside town? Nothing showing but band 13, 3-6mbps is real common. USCC's 10x10mhz of 600mhz 5G could easily beat that speed .

    Longer term in this area, for low band coverage VZW has 700 (band 13) and 850 (band 5); US Cellular has some 600, some 700 (band 12) and the other 850 block (band 5) in most of their markets. A lot of the rural sites are on a hill top, but not near anything (including not being particularly near the small towns or highways..) so I'm unsure how helpful putting mmwave, or 1900 or AWS, on them will be. Largely it'll be a matter of getting that low band stuff running as fast as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwertz View Post
    .... -- no idea why the FCC licensed 22mhz instead of 20 .....
    For the same reason that the lower 700 MHz licenses were issued in 6x6 MHz blocks: It was the existing TV channelization in 6 MHz per channel. When 600 MHz was licensed, the LTE pattern of 5 MHz channels was much better established, so the FCC rechanelized the band when those licenses were issued.

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