Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg is generally a straight shooter, so I was surprised by his comment

"5G network equipment and devices will consume only 10% of the energy consumed by 4G network equipment and devices,"

Almost everyone expects 5G to use more energy. It takes enormous calculating power to keep up with the speeds and complex calculations. The phone may need 10X the number of transistors as basic LTE. The base station energy demand is not as extreme. MIMO and Massive MIMO do not require major increases in power. But many network builders are warning about the expense of energy. In November, Iain Morris reports,  

Guiqing Liu, the executive vice president of China Telecom, grumbled during a keynote presentation about the high power consumption of 5G basestations. His complaints were echoed and amplified by Orange's Arnaud Vamparys, a senior vice president of radio networks with the French incumbent. 

5G does have low power modes and other energy-saving tools. MIMO is inherently energy efficient. But 90% less energy demand?

I've sent this over to Verizon for more data.


Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg Keynotes 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

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Showcases Verizon’s 5G as Driver of “Fourth Industrial Revolution”

LAS VEGAS - In a keynote address at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Chief Executive Officer Hans Vestberg discussed upcoming breakthroughs in connectivity, shaping the direction of change and how 5G will impact how we live, work and play.

“5G is way more than just a step up from current wireless technology,” said Vestberg, who succeeded Lowell McAdam as Verizon’s CEO in August. “It’s a quantum leap that will bring an era of radically new possibilities across all areas of technology.”

During the keynote, Vestberg introduced the eight “currencies” of 5G that will unleash highly connective technologies and blend physical and digital realms like never before – from AR and VR to IoT, AI, autonomous vehicles, advanced robotics, 3D printing, wearable tech and more.

The eight currencies are:

  • Speed and Throughput: Peak data rates of 10 gigabits per second and mobile data volumes of 10 terabits per second per square kilometer

  • Mobility, Connected Devices and Internet of Things: Mobile devices traveling at up to 500 kilometers per hour can potentially stay connected on a 5G network, and up to one million devices can be supported by 5G in a square kilometer

  • Energy Efficiency and Service Deployment: 5G network equipment and devices will consume only 10% of the energy consumed by 4G network equipment and devices, and specialized services that will operate on the 5G network will take much less time to implement

  • Latency and Reliability: Five millisecond end-to-end travel time of data from the mobile device to the edge of the 5G network – faster than the blink of an eye, and 5G will be more than 99.999% reliable

These performance metrics are based on 3GPP industry specifications and represent the potential of 5G technology.”

Vestberg added that Verizon’s ability to deliver all eight currencies of 5G is dependent on its fiber, spectrum, network density, and real estate – and that companies lacking these assets are underestimating what it will take to provide true 5G service. “Anyone who thinks 5G is just for the mobile handset is thinking too small.”

Long an advocate for technology’s potential in advancing environmental sustainability, Vestberg hailed the potential of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations to “improve energy efficiency” and “cut carbon emissions and resource usage across production cycles, from manufacturing to shipment to packaging to reuse.”

He also called for “a conversation that will involve not only Verizon and other leading tech companies, but people from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds” to determine how to “use these unprecedented technologies so that we may harness their power for the greater good to benefit society.”

As part of the keynote presentation, Vestberg introduced an array of partners who discussed how their organizations were using 5G technologies including:

  • New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson – who announced the launch of the Verizon/New York Times 5G Journalism Project, which puts 5G tech in the hands of journalists;
  • The Walt Disney Studios’ Chief Technology Officer Jamie Voris, discussing how Verizon has joined Disney’s StudioLAB innovation program to develop new business models and solutions to advance production and storytelling through 5G;
  • Mariah Scott, CEO of Skyward, an advanced drone operations management developer and a Verizon company, talking about how drone deployment on 5G will impact business; and
  • Dr. Christopher Morley, founder of MediVis, a start-up using augmented reality on a 5G network to enable surgeons to review detailed anatomical information on patients undergoing surgery.

In addition, Vestberg introduced the audience to Clayton Harris, the first person in the world to have 5G Home installed in his Houston home, and Los Angeles Laker Kyle Kuzma, who along with Yahoo Sports’ Jared Quay showcased a Verizon 5G virtual reality experience created as part of Verizon’s innovation collaboration with the NBA.

To close the keynote, Vestberg officially launched Verizon’s “Built on 5G Challenge,” calling on innovators to create new solutions that leverage 5G connectivity to transform the way people live, work and play. 

Up to $1 million in total will be awarded to the winning innovators to develop their concepts on live 5G networks located at Verizon’s 5G New York Lab, 5G Waltham Lab, 5G Cambridge Lab, and new locations being built in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and Washington D.C. In addition, Verizon 5G Lab technical advisors will provide training and support to winning innovators.


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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.