As the newest and currently fastest cellular networking technology, 5G, becomes more accessible, certain mobile carriers show a variety of different icons on smartphones depending on the kind of 5G UC cellular network we connected you to. These various icons represent the connection speeds that your phone or tablet may provide, and some cellular networks even show an icon for 5G UC. But what does 5G UC really mean?
What is 5G UC?
The fastest networks now in use using a 5G connection are referred to by certain mobile service providers as 5G UC, which stands for Ultra Capacity. T-Mobile uses 5G UC, although their version uses a different naming scheme and requires the same connection rates. The connection speeds offered by 5G Plus, 5G UW, and AT&T’s respective frequency bands are all similar.
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Even though 5G UC networks will provide faster speeds than a standard 5G connection, 5G connections are not all created equal. For instance, the 5G cellular network offers connections in a variety of additional bands including at low, mid, and mmWave frequencies. For instance, your phone or tablet will show the two unique 5G connections that T-Mobile offers in the US as 5G XR for Extended Range and 5G UC for Ultra Capacity. Extended Range, the smallest 5G connection, uses many of the same frequencies as 4G LTE and provides similar speeds. Further clouding the issue is AT&T’s use of the term “5G E” to describe their LTE networks.
You may be certain that your smartphone is linked to the fastest 5G cellular network if it shows the 5G UC symbol. When using a T Mobile connection, you are likely using the mmWave and mid-band connections, which are faster than the company’s Extended Range connections. 5G Ultra Capacity connections operate at far higher frequencies than older generation connections and can provide up to 1 Gbps even in congested areas like sports stadiums or the centre of major cities.
Unfortunately, because to the increased speeds and capacities available when connecting to 5G UC, the technology is more expensive for cellular operators to implement and is sometimes only available in major locations. If you’re interested in learning more about whether 5G Ultra Capacity is available in your area, check out the coverage map provided by your service provider.
The 5G UC sign has been on phones since September 2021, and it is currently visible on both the most recent Android and iOS handsets, especially if you have an iPhone 12 or later.
In conclusion, if you are using the faster and more powerful 5G network connections when in a large city or other densely populated area, you are more likely to see a 5G UC, 5G UW, or 5G Plus connection shown on your phone. If you see 5G XR, you are now using the lower end of the 5G spectrum, which provides speeds that are similar to those of the older 4G LTE connections.