The Role of C-band in 5G

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The key to delivering on the 5G promise

The C-band (or midband) is considered the “waterfront property” of RF spectrum for 5G. It offers the best compromise between RF coverage and RF bandwidth and Providers are investing heavily on C-band 5G deployment to deliver the coverage and capacity that 5G use cases need.

While C-band is the best RF spectrum for 5G deployments, Providers will need new levels of effort on planning, deployment, and maintenance including:

  • Ensuring spectrum is cleared and there are no interference issues between the new 5G services and the satellite earth stations.
  • Performing antenna alignment in a much narrower RF footprint.
  • Meeting stringent timing and synchronization requirements for TDD deployments.
  • Maintaining 5G Advanced Antenna System (AAS) with higher-order MIMO and beams.

Deploying and maintaining 5G’s complex technology and network architecture in the C-band will not be a trivial exercise. Time-to-market and network quality will depend on the rigor of test and measurement during the complete life cycle of the network. Download The Role of C-Band in 5G from VIAVI Solutions for insights to plan your test strategy.

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Kashif Hussain, VIAVI SolutionsKashif Hussain, Director, Solutions Marketing, Viavi Solutions
Kashif has 20+ years of experience in mobile networking and wireless technology. His expertise in RF, DAS, HetNets, and LTE, comes from developing, managing, supporting, marketing, and consulting on major mobile communications projects and authoring wireless product patents. Kashif also held senior roles at MobileNet, Tektronix Communications, Ericsson, and Nortel. Kashif.Hussain@viavisolutions.com

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