ookla 5g map 230Mike Apgar built one of the first Internet cafes in 1996. He went on to build Ookla and speedtest.net, with a pioneering spirit. It's now part of Ziff, but continuing to provide good information. They posted this map before I built mine and did a good job. (Make sure only "commercial availability" is checked.) I had missed that Etisalat in the UAE had gone live. 

Here's my latest tally. 

Country Company
Korea Korea Telecom
Korea SK
Korea LG+
U.S. Verizon
U.S. Sprint
UK Vodafone
China China Mobile
China China Telecom
China China Unicom
China China Broadcast
UAE Etisalat
Spain Vodafone
Italy Vodafone
Australia Telstra
Switzerland Swisscom
Switzerland Sunrise
Soon come  
U.S. T-Mobile
Australia Optus
UK Three
Finland Elisa


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Samsung has delivered 5G chip samples to BBK's Oppo and Vivo, the #2 or #3 phones manufacturer. Samsung is facing off against Qualcomm in the 5G market. Qualcomm is unfazed and reportedly moving the production of their next chip from TSMC to Samsung. 

Sprint's 2.5 GHz 5G is delivering 100-500 megabit downloads consistently. That bodes well for China Mobile, using the same frequencies.

Vodafone, BT, and soon 3UK are delivering modestly sized 5G mid-band networks. Vodafone is also live in Spain and Italy. 

Sunrise in Switzerland is using 5G mid-band for fixed wireless in rural areas.  

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Welcome  1,000,000 Koreans bought 5G in the first ten weeks. The demand is there, and most of the technology works. 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.