AT&T and Nokia completed what the vendor calls the first call on AT&T’s network using 5G technology in C-band spectrum. The call, which was conducted early last month in Detroit, was not announced until today.
AT&T expects to cover 200 million people with 5G deployed in the C-band by the end of 2023. The carrier already has widely deployed 5G in other spectrum bands, but the C-band is important because it is seen by many as supporting an attractive mix of balance and capacity. While service deployed in the band is not as fast as high frequency mmWave spectrum, it has far broader propagation characteristics and, according to proponents, enough capacity for a wide array of uses.
The C-band spectrum was awarded to AT&T three months ago. The company won the spectrum in an auction that completed earlier this year.
AT&T and Nokia recently signed a five-year contract for C-band network deployment across the United States.
Do you have a complaint about AT&T, such as hidden fees on your bill or unsatisfactory service? Take your claim to FairShake, the consumer advocacy service.