It's clear it's here. Get used to it. Verizon and the three Koreans are taking orders for 5G phones and will turn on the networks in April. Almost half of Korea is already built, mostly with 100-450 meg speed sub 6 GHz. No other country is close to half built, but AT&T intends to get there in 2020.

"We’ve talked about 200 million pops (60%) in 2020 being covered with 5G, that will be a software upgrade."  CFO John Stephens 

T-Mobile, which had to build a network for the newly-acquired 600 MHz band, intends to turn on NR across most of the country. It's almost a meaningless gesture; at 600 MHz, 5G NR adds very little to performance. (Much of the 5G enthusiasm is meaningless hype.)

At MWC, Huawei announced they had shipped 40,000 radios. Samsung has shipped 36,000.

Add Ericsson, Nokia, and ZTE, and more than 100,000 radios have been sold.  LG in Korea has installed 10,000.  Verizon had frozen 5G customer signups for 6 months or so, but I believe is actively installing radios. (Many from Samsung.) 

IChina is well on the way to well over 100,000 cells very quickly. Nomura predicts China will install 172,000 5G base stations in 2019, probably as many as the rest of the world combined. The carriers and China Tower are planning upwards of two million radios, probably by ~2023. That would seem an impossible task, but the Chinese telcos have often done what others think impossible. 

Sterling Perrin and Gabriel Brown surveyed 147 telco executives, including many from the largest companies. 69% expected to deploy 5G by the end of 2020. Some of that will be mostly pr. No one outside of China and Korea expects much revenue before 2021-2023. Put another way, the numbers suggest just about all carriers in the developed world have begun. 

GSA counts 201 operators in 83 countries who are testing 5G.

 

Here's the pr, which includes the 10,000 radio figure.

Huawei Helps LG Uplus Build a Gbps 5G Commercial Network, Enabling New 5G Business Applications

 | Source: Huawei Technologies

 
 

Barcelona, SPAIN, Feb. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- At the eve of 2019 Mobile World Congress, South Korean carrier LG Uplus and Huawei jointly announced the establishment of the Gbps 5G commercial network. The two sides have completed the deployment of more than 10,000 sites. LG Uplus and Huawei also cooperate to demonstrate the ultra-HD video and VR services based on 5G networks and enable new 5G commercial applications.

At the LG booth in MWC2019, LG Uplus and Huawei will jointly demonstrate 5G network services. As an important application of eMBB, VR will become a mainstream service in the 5G era and has been widely recognized by global carriers. Cloud VR will become a killer application. On January 22, 2019, LG Uplus showcased the world's first 5G Cloud VR-based game. It fully leveraged the capabilities of 5G broad bandwidth and low latency, and won high praise from onsite media and customers.

Huawei's 5G products are mature in commercial use and have been widely recognized in the industry. They support large-scale 5G commercial deployment in the world. On February 25, 2019, Huawei will release a full-scenario 5G commercial system to provide a simplified 5G solution, including network simplification, simplified architecture, simplified site, low power consumption, and simplified O&M. Huawei helps customers reduce deployment costs, support fast commercial deployment, and build the best 5G network. In Seoul, South Korea, LG Uplus collaborated with Huawei to deploy 5G base stations over 10,000 sites. Huawei 5G AAU is deployed on the network to provide continuous coverage of 5G network. The average data rate of Golden Cluster in Gangnam District exceeds 900Mbps, which provides customers with stable and high-performance. This also demonstrates the excellent performance of Huawei's 5G products.

LG Uplus in South Korea and Huawei have been firmly engaged in 5G cooperation, jointly promoting the 5G commercialization process, and dedicated to providing the best mobile service experience for users.

 

 

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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.