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Verizon: 5G speeds on low-spectrum bands will be more like “good 4G”

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. (credit: Verizon)

5G won’t be much different from 4G outside dense urban areas, a Verizon executive said yesterday.

The massive hype around 5G has focused on speed improvements expected on millimeter-wave spectrum, which wasn’t previously used on mobile broadband networks. But 5G on lower-spectrum bands will be like “good 4G,” Verizon Consumer Group CEO Ronan Dunne said at Oppenheimer’s annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference (webcast link).

“While we can deploy and we will deploy a 5G nationwide offering, the lower down the spectrum tiers you go, the more that will approximate to a good 4G service,” Dunne said. “The truth is, we have a very good 4G LTE service in parts of the US where our competitors don’t. So if someone else is rushing to bring out 5G nationwide, it may be because they don’t have credible 4G LTE coverage in those areas to start with.”

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