As prices come down, I predict 5G is going to explode. ZTE has just brought a quality 5G phone down to US$700. The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 top of the line chip. It has a 6.47-inch AMOLED display and a 4000mAh battery. The main camera is 48-megapixels, supported by an ultra-wide 20-megapixel lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto. 

One reason Korea has 1.5 million 5G users is that competing carriers offering rebates have brought effective prices down to US$600-700. Next year, China Mobile expects prices to fall to $300 and I expect demand to accelerate. (I'm watching for parts shortages but so none have appeared.)

Meanwhile, Americans and Koreans are buying 5G phones even where there is no 5G. Who wants a 4G phone likely to be obsolete in a year or two?

dave ask


Rethinking Jan 27: Coronavirus could invalidate all projections. I reported on AIDS for 2 years. This could be worse because it spreads in air. Let us hope and pray.

Details on all 5G phones, as prices drop to $285 ** All actual 5G networks worldwide ** Facebook ordered to repost Italian fascist page. ** Apple China sales down 35%** Qorvo sees 300M 5G 2020 & 750M 2023 mmWave <10%

** Bharti demands India Gov more than double prices and enforce cartel. Sunil Mittal "Situation is dire. It is a matter of survival for everyone." ** Wi-Fi 6 meets ITU 5G criteria @stephenjcrowley ** Samsung $8B for Chinese memory plants ** Morgan paying billions for Altice fiber

Dec 10 Sprint bringing $300-500 5G phones to US 2020. Nokia, Lenovo, HMD ** H., Apple, and AMD doing 5 nm test runs on TSMC's 5 nm. Early results are 15-30% better than 7 nm ** AT&T low-band 5G built to >65% US. Speeds slower than 4G at launch. ** 

Verizon CEO Ronan Dunne: >1/2 VZ 5G "will approximate to a good 4G service" Midband in "low hundreds" Mbps ** CFO John Stephens says AT&T is going to cut capex soon. ** Huawei in 16 days sold 1,000,000 5G Mate 20s.  


Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

I'm Dave Burstein, Editor. I've been reporting telecom since 1999. I love to hear from readers and say thank you when you find an error.

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