Nicki Palmer seated 230Verizon's millimetre wave 5G delivers a true gigabit to many. Around the world, most networks touting 5G will have 60-80% less capacity. There are two very different flavours of 5G: 4G plus NR software in frequencies below 6 GHz and millimetre wave at frequencies above 20 GHz. 

Verizon is also discarding 200,000 boxes with fewer and faster gear. Lee Hicks' "One Verizon" plan will rebuild with 20,000 all IP, state of the art pieces of equipment. Hicks calculates they will save, "50% the first year." 

Millimetre is the good stuff: typically 5-7 gigabits shared, 1 gigabit to nearby homes. Below 6 GHz, a little over 1 gigabit shared, 100-400 megabits down. That's about the same as 4G. We called it "fake 5G, "faux 5G," and "5G light." But the marketers took over at 3GPP.

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will mostly use the slower stuff. Verizon has completely failed to inform people of the difference. Palmer's ad says "There’s 5G, then there’s Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband." They need to provide details of consumer benefits and compare with others. From bankers to regulators and from Congressmen to ordinary consumers, everything called "5G" is the same.

4G gear today routinely delivers shared speeds of a gigabit or more, real-world speeds typically 100-400 megabits. Verizon has demonstrated 4G LTE/LAA with a lab speed of 1.45 gigabit. Here in Manhattan, T-Mobile is connecting customers at 500 megabits with LTE/LAA. 

"Engineer Nicki Palmer," featured in Verizon's new video ad, has every reason to be proud of Verizon's 5G network, the most advanced network in the world. When not making a commercial, she's better known as Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Engineering Officer and Head of Wireless Networks. At first look, I thought that was her high in the sky climbing a tower, which led to this article. Looking again, I think not. You'll find she's done many other courageous things if you google her career.  

Verizon's millimetre wave 5G delivers a true gigabit to many. That's roughly three times as fast as the mid-band systems being advertised as "5G" by almost all other carriers. Almost no customers realize how much better Verizon's network is.

The improved network from the 5G cell back will often do more for the customer experience than the 10 ms local loop. Unless and until intelligent cloud servers are moved close to the consumer, the delay from the 5G cell to the server often will more than double the latency. Reliance Jio proved to the world how efficiently a new all-IP network can run; they are profitable with an ARPU in the single digits.

Palmer and colleagues labour on, working to a higher standard. 

Some thoughts from Palmer on Linkedin. 

When people ask me about my job, I tell them my team and I are in the business of building a better future through mobility, technology and innovation for our customers. 
    I’m extraordinarily proud of the work our Network team does every day to keep our customers connected on the largest, best-performing wireless Network. This is particularly true in times of crisis. Customers count on our service, and we take that responsibility very seriously. That same commitment to service excellence continues as we work to build tomorrow’s best network, 5G, the next generation of wireless technology. Verizon is taking a strong leadership role in 5G for our customers, building on the foundation of being the first to deploy 3G and 4G LTE Networks nationally. 
    Bringing technology to life through customer-focused planning, disciplined engineering, and collaboration with the brightest people in the industry - that’s what I love about my job! Building brighter futures through the next wave of technology innovation – how can you not be excited?

 

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The 3.3-4.2 spectrum should be shared, not exclusively used by one company, concludes an important U.S. Defense Innovation Board report. If more wireless broadband is important, sharing is of course right because shared networks can yield far more

It does work! Verizon's mmWave tests over a gigabit in the real world. 
The $669 OnePlus 7 Pro outclasses the best Apples and probably the new Galaxy 10 or Huawei P30 Pro. Optical zoom, three cameras, liquid cooling, Qualcomm 855 and more.
Korea at 400,000 5G May 15. Chinese "pre-commercial" signing customers, 60,000-120,000 base stations in 2019, million+ remarkable soon. 
5G phones Huawei Mate 20, Samsung Galaxy 10, ZTE Nubia, LG V50, and OPPO are all on sale at China Unicom. All cost US$1,000 to 1,500 before subsidy. Xiaomi promises US$600.
Natural monopoly? Vodafone & Telecom Italia to share 5G, invite all other companies to join.
Huawei predicts 5G phones for US$200 in 2021, $300 even earlier
NY Times says "5G is dangerous" is a Russian plot. Really.
Althiostar raised US$114 million for a virtual RAN system in the cloud. Rakuten, Japan's new #4, is using it and invested.
Ireland is proposing a US$3 billion subsidy for rural fibre that will be much too expensive. Politics.
Telefonica Brazil has 9M FTTH homes passed and will add 6M more within two years. Adjusted for population, that's more than the U.S. The CEO publicly urged other carriers to raise prices together.
CableLabs and Cisco have developed Low Latency XHaul (LLX) with 5-15 ms latency for 5G backhaul,  U.S. cable is soon to come in very strong in wireless. Details 
Korea Telecom won 100,000 5G customers in the first month. SK & LG added 150,000 more. KT has 37,500 cells. planning 90% of the country by yearend. 
The Chinese giants expect 60,000 to 90,000 5G cells by the end of 2019.
China Telecom's Yang Xin warns, "Real large-scale deployment of operators' edge computing may be after 2021." Customers are hard to find.
Reliance Jio registered 97.5% 4G availability across India in Open Signal testing. Best in world.

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Welcome On Oct 1, 2019 Verizon turned on the first $20B 5G mmWave network with extraordinary hopes. The actual early results have been dismal. Good engineers tell me that will change. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

The estimates you hear about 5G costs are wildly exaggerated. Verizon is building the most advanced wireless network while reducing capex. Deutsche Telekom and Orange/France Telecom also confirm they won't raise capex.

Massive MIMO in either 4G or "5G" can increase capacity 3X to 7X, including putting 2.3 GHz to 4.2 GHz to use. Carrier Aggregation, 256 QAM, and other tools double and triple that. Verizon sees cost/bit dropping 40% per year.

Cisco & others see traffic growth slowing to 30%/year or less.  I infer overcapacity almost everywhere.  

Believe it or not, 80% of 5G (mid-band) for several years will be slower than good 4G, which is more developed.