04/09/2020|Products & Plans

5G bandwidth and wavelength

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When considering how 5G works, it is important to understand the principals of bandwidth and wavelength as they apply to 5G network data transmission.

What is the bandwidth of 5G?

The bandwidth of a network can refer to two different things:

  1. The measured width of the radio frequency band that carries data

  2. The capacity of the network for devices and data transfer.

Because of the increasing number of devices requiring access to cellular networks, Verizon is preparing for those bandwidth demands with the high-frequency spectrum of 5G.

5G’s spectrum in-part includes the radio frequencies of 28 and 39 GHz: they are higher frequencies than the bands below 6 GHz that were used in 4G and earlier generations of cellular.

What is the 5G wavelength?

Verizon 5G utilizes millimeter wave technology. These millimeter waves exist on an extremely high frequency and are considered millimeter waves because the wavelengths range between 1 and 10 mm.

5G may also utilize ultra-high frequency radio waves between 300 MHz and 3 GHz. In other applications, this frequency range is used for transmitting things like TV broadcasts, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth signals.

Higher band spectrums are a critical component of 5G.  These frequencies will help boost the wireless capability to power smart cities, improve infrastructure management and much more.

Explore other aspects of Verizon 5G and stay up-to-date on all the news and developments.

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