Lenovo-Motorola claims the only phone Verizon will sell for 5G will deliver 300-500 megabits, slower than good LTE from T-Mobile 4G. T-Mobile delivers 500 megabits in Manhattan using LAA. In theory, 5G sub-6 could offer 20-52% more capacity, but tools like LAA mean 4G will often be faster in the next few years.
The illustration from Motorola at left suggests 5G is 10X faster. 10X faster would be 5 gigabits using the T-Mobile comparison. Verizon elsewhere has reported LTE speeds over a gigabit. 10X would be over 10 gigabits, not 300-500 megabits.
Latency on Verizon's current LTE network is stated as 30-50 ms. in most cases. The same network with 5G would be 20-40 ms. CFO Matt Ellis anounced Verizon will be turning on their Edge Cloud in Q4. Where deployed, Edge should bring 5G latency to 15-25 ms and LTE to 25-35 ms. (Air latency on 5G today is ~10 ms, half LTE. Time to the server needs to be added.)
CEO Hans Vestberg not long ago said he didn't expect phones for his 5G network until the second half of the year. "I'm pressing them to deliver earlier." They are. The 5G module from Motorola/Lenovo is ready to ship. It will cost US$350 beyond the price of the phone, with deals for early adopters. At launch April 11, probably less than 2% of the population will be covered. Verizon has given no timetable for the future.
Vestberg has previously said his 5G network will cost the company 90% less than early 4G. It is charging consumers an extra US$10, implying they expect limited competition. T-Mobile has a better idea: "The 5G services provided by the New T‑Mobile’s network will transform the way Americans live, work, travel, and play – and will dramatically reduce our costs per GB of service."
Verizon CFO Matt Ellis adds, "When you combine 5G and then the other things we're doing in the network with Intelligent Edge Network, our cost will be able to come down. Every generation of technology has seen a step-function change in the cost per gig, and 5G is absolutely no different. So we'll see that step-function change."
China Unicom faces the same cost structure and is lowering prices. "5G network tariff will not be more than 4G and will gradually become cheaper than 4G." President of China Unicom Research Institute of Zhang Yunyong
Verizon continues to refuse to provide actual performance data of their 5G, leading many to suspect they are cutting back and not delivering the planned gigabit to many.
Here's the pr. Note the missing details.
- Chicago and Minneapolis are Verizon’s first 5G Ultra Wideband mobility cities, launching April 11, with more than 30 markets set to launch in 2019
- Preorders for the Verizon-exclusive 5G moto mod – the first 5G-upgradeable smartphone – begin March 14, with a $50 special offer
- Verizon’s 5G service plan comes with unlimited data, available for just $10 a month (with the first three months free) with any Verizon unlimited plan, including Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plans
- Customers that order a 5G moto mod on March 14 get a FREE moto z3 when they activate a new line of service on a Verizon device payment plan
NEW YORK – Verizon will launch its 5G Ultra Wideband Network in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. To coincide with this launch, Verizon is offering the new 5G moto mod, which is exclusive to Verizon. Beginning March 14, customers anywhere in the U.S. can pre-order the 5G moto mod. When paired with the moto z3, the 5G moto mod creates the world’s first 5G-enabled smartphone. Select areas of Chicago and Minneapolis will be the first to experience Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobile service, and the company has plans to rapidly expand the coverage area. Last month, Verizon announced that it intends to launch its 5G Ultra Wideband network in more than 30 U.S. cities in 2019.
“Continuing our track record of 5G ‘firsts,’ we are thrilled to bring the first 5G-upgradeable smartphone exclusively to Verizon customers," said Verizon’s chief technology officer, Kyle Malady. “Not all 5G networks are the same. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network is built by the company with the nation’s best and most reliable 4G LTE network. It will change the way we live, work, learn and play, starting in Chicago and Minneapolis and rapidly expanding to more than 30 U.S. markets this year.”
5G Ultra Wideband technology uses new radio technology and new device hardware to deliver advanced capabilities to consumers and businesses. When customers move outside Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband coverage area, the 5G moto mod automatically and seamlessly hands off the signal to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s best and most reliable 4G LTE network. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service will continue to improve as Verizon expands capabilities and coverage areas.
Verizon launched the world’s first commercial 5G Ultra Wideband network in October 2018 with the roll out of 5G Home broadband internet service in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Indianapolis. Verizon 5G Home service in those markets relies on an early version of the 5G standard developed by the 5G Technology Forum (TF). 5G Mobility service Chicago and Minneapolis, and all Verizon 5G services going forward, use the NR standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).
Preorder the 5G moto mod starting March 14
The wait is over. Verizon will begin taking preorders for its exclusive 5G moto modon March 14. With this mod, the moto z3 can upgrade to 5G, giving Verizon customers full access to the benefits of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband Network*.
“At Motorola we proudly deliver innovations, like the 5G moto mod and moto z3, that change how people connect with each other and use technology in daily life,” said Rudi Kalil, vice president and general manager, North America at Motorola. “We’re very excited that the transformative 5G moto mod developed at our HQ in Chicago will soon be used by our own community, in addition to Minneapolis, to bring our bright 5G future to life.”
Experience ultra-fast wireless speeds, download and stream movies and TV shows in seconds. Plus, 5G’s ultra-low latency will allow business customers to video conference and collaborate remotely in near real time.
For a limited time, preorder the 5G moto mod for just $50 ($349.99 retail). Verizon postpaid customers with any Verizon unlimited plan, including Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited, get unlimited 5G data for $10 per month (with the first three months free). To buy a 5G moto mod, customers must either have an active moto z3 on their account or purchase a moto z3 at the same time as the 5G moto mod.
On March 14, customers get a free moto z3 if they activate a new line of service on a Verizon device payment plan***, or upgrade their smartphone and get a moto z3 for $10 a month for 24 months on Verizon’s device payment plan ($480 retail; 0% APR)****. Also, if they order a 5G moto mod on March 14, they can get a free Verizon Dual USB-C travel charger while supplies last**. These offers are good for March 14 only.
What the Eight Currencies of 5G mean for business
On January 8, 2019 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg talked about the Eight Currencies of 5G – throughput, service deployment, mobility, connected devices, energy efficiency, data volume, latency and reliability. Verizon is building out the infrastructure for all eight. This is a project we have been working on for years. We convened a broad group of hardware and chip manufacturers four years ago to create standards for 5G. We made investments and put resources toward building a 5G network; this included investments in fiber, additional spectrum – especially in the millimeter wave spectrum – high network density and small-cell infrastructure, and real estate. When we say 5G, we mean it.
The point here is a company can't just decide they want to offer 5G and be ready in a few months. It takes years of deliberate planning, testing, and innovation. We believe our 5G Ultra Wideband network has the power to usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It will eventually touch nearly every industry sector, impact our economy in a profound way, and dramatically improve our global society.
What does this mean for our business customers? How can companies and government and public safety agencies take advantage of 5G today and build for the future?
Let’s dive into the Eight Currencies, highlighting work we’re already doing and potential opportunities for our business customers.
Throughput and Service Deployment
Our leadership in 4G positions us to be the leader in 5G. Multiple third-party network tests label Verizon’s 4G network the best. We have achieved speeds of 1.45 Gbps in a real-world environment on our 4G network and our 5G network has the potential to deliver speed many times faster than our current 4G network. 5G will ultimately enable peak data rates of 10 Gbps.
This throughput will enable things like autonomous vehicles, drive manufacturing efficiencies, and support AR/VR solutions and remote healthcare services. And we’re already working with entrepreneurs and innovators as they build these and other 5G applications that will change our world in our 5G Labs around the county.
The real-time enterprise will be powered by 5G. 5G and network virtualization (using software to perform network functions) enables service and application deployment without having to install additional hardware. This will lead to a dramatic reduction in typical service deployment times. These faster deployment times will allow us to roll out new features and security improvements quickly to address the dynamic needs of our customers.
Mobility and Connected Devices
5G technology is designed to enable devices traveling up to 310 miles per hour to stay connected to the network. We’ve tested 5G network handoff techniques to enable passengers in fast-moving vehicles and trains to stay connected while they are moving. Imagine highways of self-driving cars or warehouses with automated robots moving at hundreds of miles per hour transmitting data and reacting to changing information instantaneously. With 5G it’s possible.
5G will eventually be able to support up to 1M connected devices per square kilometer – a true Internet of Things (IoT). Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network will eventually handle 10 to 100x more connected devices per square kilometer than 4G. Think that’s overkill? Consider that experts believe the number of connected devices will be more than three times the global population by 2022. This will allow cities to tap into the power of 5G for smart street lights, remote security monitoring, and intelligent rail and smart parking solutions.
Additionally, as chips get cheaper and applications increase, and more things (stadium seats, retail items, manufacturing equipment, etc.) get connected to the network, it will change how businesses operate, the data they collect and the services they provide. We can imagine a time when 5G connected drones can be used for everything from home package delivery to supporting search and rescue operations. The next generation of IoT is coming, and it will be powered by 5G.
Latency and Data Volume
5G’s latency (the time it takes for data to travel from the user, over the network to the central processor and back again) will be one of the drivers of true technological change, bringing data transit speed to many times less than the blink of an eye – eventually less than 10 milliseconds end-to-end response time. By comparison, 4G LTE networks currently offer latency around 40 to 50 milliseconds.
All kinds of new – unthinkable until now – applications become possible once you reach super low latency levels. We’ve already addressed AR/VR and autonomous vehicles, but 5G will allow doctors and first responders to get data-intensive information, like full-body scans or building plans, in seconds.
The 5G standard was designed to support up to 10 terabytes of data per square kilometer. This means the 5G network will carry a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. Users in high density areas, like airports, stadiums and urban centers, will still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service.
Energy Efficiency and Reliability
Sustainability is one of Verizon’s core values, and more companies are embracing a similar approach that puts social responsibility at the center of business operations. 5G promises to be more efficient than 4G. 5G will have lower energy requirements for our network operations (up to 90% less than 4G).
For our customers using our 5G network, complex functions could happen closer to the end user. That means the end user’s device would require less processing capability and consume less energy and battery power.
Verizon has the most reliable 4G LTE network. And we’re architecting our 5G network to be exceptionally reliable – even more so than our 4G network – with uptimes that could potentially reach 99.999%. 5G should offer reliability businesses can count on at critical moments.
Not all these eight currencies will be addressed for businesses on day one, but our goal has always been to accelerate the 5G development process. That’s why we opened 5G Labs. This desire to lead the industry and our business and government clients as they explore 5G is the motivating factor behind our sponsorship of 5G development challenges focused on education, public safety, robotics, “real-time enterprise” and other critical areas where 5G can impact lives today and tomorrow.
We’re building our 5G network to deliver the full potential of 5G so businesses can drive enhanced productivity, create new revenue streams, respond more quickly to changing business dynamics and deliver better value to customers. We recognize the opportunity 5G creates for businesses, governments and public safety agencies and how the eight currencies will drive the language of 5G innovation. We were first to market with a commercial 5G service and we will lead the way for our B2B customers as well.