Unlimited LTE offer per DF monitor 180Same tools as gig LTE, only more so. At Huawei's November Tokyo event, a large sign about "Two Gigabit Mobile" for Britain intrigued me. Below, some details of a 2 gigabit test run by BT's EE division and Huawei. One gig hadn't yet shipped, so what was this? The booth engineer confirmed two gigabit systems were not yet available, but expects them soon. Using more spectrum and efficiently delivering MIMO in all bands will get close to the two gig target, in 2018 if not 2017.   

I explain the technology involved in For non-engineers. How LTE gets to the gigabit: 4x4 MIMO, 4 Band Carrier Aggregation, 256 QAM In a gigabit cell site, phones usually connect at hundreds of megabits. If few are using the cell, individual speeds can approach the gigabit.

Two gigabits could double that speed, but does anyone need that much speed today? Probably not, but the gigabit and two gigabit cells allow serving all customers at much higher speeds than today

. All wireless is shared, usually with 500 to 3,000 within the cell range. Few connect at high speed; even video rarely goes over 3 megabits. The result is that those who want higher speeds - well into the hundreds of megabits - will usually get it. Those with lesser requirements - say 50 megabits or less - will nearly always get that speed or very close, if they aren't at the cell edge or behind some walls.

Caps could go up. Today, consumer priced service generally is capped at 10 gigabytes to 50 gigabytes per month. The gigabit era will see caps in the hundreds of gigabytes, enough for primary service to most who don't watch more than a few hours of video each evening. Caps could be replaced with "unlimited" service except at limited peaks. AT&T is already experimenting with that offer to some customers and the Finns are already there. The map from 

The telcos are optimistic they will be able to use the capacity to sell a great deal of video to consumers. That hasn't happened yet, however.


Huawei Showcases 2Gbps Mobile Speeds with EE


[Tokyo, Japan, November 25, 2016] Huawei has partnered with EE this week to announce the successful live demonstration of 2.1Gbps mobile speeds, working with EE in their state-of-the-art UK test lab.

The 2Gbps demonstration continues the evolution of 3GPP LTE Advanced technologies, and sets a clear path towards Gigabit class networks. This demonstration is the latest breakthrough of carrier aggregation technology that started in 2013 with EE and Huawei in London’s Tech City.

BT/ EE Managing Director of IT and Mobile, Fotis Karonis said: “We are committed to innovating, and to be pushing the mobile industry forward by delivering ground breaking mobile speeds and exceptional mobile experience for our customers. That’s the focus of our ongoing partnership with Huawei. We are working together to introduce Gigabit class networks to the UK’s cities, at the same time our rollout of 4G continues into the most rural parts of the country for ubiquitous high speed mobile broadband in the UK.”

On the back of that groundbreaking success, Huawei has named its programme to deliver its high capacity urban network, ‘TechCity 1.0’, and is deploying this strategy around the world. EE is working with Huawei to deliver the evolution to 'TechCity 2.0', which will include video optimization and a specific video experience measurement score referred to as vMOS, along with Enterprise and public safety applications of innovative Push To Talk capabilities over LTE.

The TechCity1.0 programme focused on technology leadership through introducing innovative technologies into the field and showing the benefits to end users, while TechCity2.0 added business model innovation, and social responsibility leadership. Huawei has deployed the TechCity programme in more than 20 cities around the world.

On November 24, EE and Huawei presented their latest wireless achievements at the Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Tokyo.

dave askOn Oct 1, Verizon will turn on the first $20B 5G mmWave network, soon offering a gigabit or close to 30M homes. The estimates you hear about 5G costs are wildly exaggerated. Verizon is building the most advanced wireless network while keeping capex at around 15%.

The Koreans, Chinese, and almost all Europeans are not doing mmWave in favor of mid-band "5G," with 4G-like performance. Massive MIMO in either 4G or "5G" can increase capacity 4X to 10X, including putting 2.3 GHz to 4.2 GHz to use. Cisco & others see traffic growth slowing to 30%/year or less. Verizon sees cost/bit dropping 40% per year. I infer overcapacity almost everywhere.  

The predicted massive small cell builds are a pipe dream for vendors for at least five years. Verizon expects to reach a quarter of the U.S. without adding additional small cells. 

In the works: Enrique Blanco and Telefonica's possible mmWave disruption of Germany; Believe it or don't: 5G is cheap because 65% of most cities can be covered by upgrading existing cells; Verizon is ripping out and replacing 200,000 pieces of gear expecting to save half. 


 5G Why Verizon thinks differently and what to do about it is a new report I wrote for STL Partners and their clients.

STL Partners, a British consulting outfit I respect, commissioned me to ask why. That report is now out. If you're a client, download it here. If not, and corporate priced research is interesting to you, ask me to introduce you to one of the principals.

It was fascinating work because the answers aren't obvious. Lowell McAdam's company is spending $20B to cover 30M+ homes in the first stage. The progress in low & mid-band, both "4G" and "5G," has been remarkable. In most territories, millimeter wave will not be necessary to meet expected demand.

McAdam sees a little further. mmWave has 3-4X the capacity of low and mid-band. He sees an enormous marketing advantage: unlimited services, even less congestion, reputation as the best network. Verizon testing found mmWave rate/reach was twice what had been estimated. All prior cost estimates need revision.

My take: even if mmWave doesn't fit in your current budget, telcos should expand trials and training to be ready as things change. The new cost estimates may be low enough to change your mind.