Verizon 5G Upload Tests Boasts 700Mbps+ Speeds | Screen Rant

Verizon is lab testing new 5G tech that will improve overall upload speeds while connecting to the carrier's 5G network. Up until this point, Verizon has relied on 4G LTE for its upload speeds for the most part, which has a theoretical maximum of around 150Mbps. This is in preparation for the carrier's newly acquired mid-band spectrum, which is set to start rolling out in December of 2021.

In Verizon's lab testing, the carrier has seen tests as fast as 711 Mbps in ideal conditions. The faster upload speeds will enable users to do things such as live streaming in 4K UHD quality. Similar capabilities are enabled for customers with Verizon 5G home internet. Users will be able to quickly upload 4K UHD videos to YouTube or have 4K security cameras.

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To achieve these speeds, Verizon is using a combination of carrier aggregation and Single-User MIMO. This essentially allows devices to connect to multiple Verizon 5G connections and combines them all on the device to allow for faster speeds overall. The carrier says it is using, "Samsung’s 28 GHz 5G Compact Macro and virtualized RAN (vRAN) and Core (vCore)" alongside a test device using Snapdragon's X65 modem.

While faster upload speeds are great, Verizon seems to only be testing it on the carrier's mmWave network. Which, for all intents and purposes, is only available in less than 1% of America. Not only that, mmWave is notoriously horrible at penetrating... anything. Basic things such as leaves or glass can block the signal. mmWave essentially requires a line of sight to the tower to get a signal. And if not, users will get greatly reduced speeds while a phone is mounted in a car, away from the front window, for example.

Verizon's marketing makes things sound pretty rosy, but it's important to look behind the curtain a bit. The carrier is branding its soon-to-launch mid-band network as Ultra-Wideband (UWB). In theory, it'll be significantly faster than the carrier's 4G LTE network, but it won't be as fast as mmWave. It's more likely that users will see similar speeds to T-Mobile's mid-band network, which hits up to 1Gbps in ideal conditions, but 400-600Mbps speeds normally. Hopefully, Verizon brings these faster upload speeds to the mid-band network, as mid-band is able to penetrate walls and objects much better than mmWave.

Source: Verizon

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