The British telecom industry is concerned that Apple's iPhone 12 may not support the 700MHz 5G band


On October 11, members of the British telecommunications industry are worried that support for the country's 5G network may be restricted in the upcoming iPhone12 series of mobile phones, worrying that it may not include support for 700MHz networks.

Specifically, the iPhone12 series is unlikely to support a 700MHz spectrum connection, and this spectrum is expected to be widely used in 5G in the UK. The iPhone 12 is expected to support 5G functions across the board. The latest rumors show that iPhone 12 models sold in the United States will support sub-6GHz 5G and mmWave 5G, while models sold in other countries will only support sub-6GHz 5G.

mmWave is a version of 5G, which is faster but has a much smaller coverage area. This means that operators must build more base stations to make them available to all users.

Today’s report from the “Telegraph” stated that iPhone12 may have “coverage problems” in the UK because it will lack support for the 700MHz 5G frequency band. Lower frequency bands such as 700MHz are used to expand the coverage of the network to cover more remote areas.

Analysts warned that “if the new machine does not support 700MHz, then users will eventually encounter network coverage problems,” said Matthew Howett, the chief analyst of Assembly. “The spectrum band in which the iPhone works is critical,” he added.

The report quoted 5G analyst Simon Rockman as explaining that the promotion of 700MHz5G across the UK will be "quite fast". For Apple, it may be a "missed opportunity" to release iPhone 12 without 700MHz support. According to the report, "The 700MHz spectrum is scheduled to be auctioned by Ofcom early next year."

The report also claims that the iPhone 12, which does not support 700MHz spectrum, can be an advantage for a British operator. The operator is Three, which has obtained a large amount of 5G spectrum. Analysts said that this may lead to a situation similar to the 4G launch in 2012. EE is the only telecom operator with sufficient 4G coverage and can reliably provide 4G connections for the latest iPhone5.

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