Rutledge and Donald 230No. CEO Tom Rutledge goes too far claiming "Using unlicensed and licensed Spectrum working together" as a definition of 6G. T-Mobile did that years ago, and BT and many other Europeans have long treated Wi-Fi as part of their network. LAA, taking over Wi-Fi spectrum for LTE, is one of the pillars of 3GPP Rel. 15.

Sorry Tom: you run a tight operation and sell well, but next time ask your engineers before you say something like that. This is just the first of many claims to expect. The marketing folks will try to put the name "6G" on whatever they happen to be selling.

There are massive inefficiencies in how LTE and 5G work with Wi-Fi. The telcos wrote their 3GPP rules knock out many WI-Fi signals; the IEEE Wi-Fi people and the cablecos protested but were ignored. Both telcos & Wi-Fi are moving to more efficient cloud management, increasing capacity. As far as I know, that's moving on separate, incompatible tracks. 5G does not have either a fair or efficient means to share spectrum with Wi-Fi. Doing that well might be a goal for 6G, although the industry politics look daunting. Charter's given no signs they are close to that.

Here's Tom full comment:

Our 5G wireless tests are also going well, as are our 6G tests, which is our pre-spec definition of the integration of small cell architecture using unlicensed and licensed Spectrum working together interchangeably with our advanced DOCSIS roadmap to create high capacity, low latency product offerings.

We expect that over time, our existing infrastructure will put us in a unique position to economically deploy new powerful products that benefit from small cell connectivity. In 2017, we announced the partnership with Viacom and AMC, which will produce original content for the Spectrum video platform before subsequent windowing.

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Lei Jun Xiaomi "5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020"5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020" I say sooner

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.

Bharti in India has lost 45M customers who did not want to pay the minimum USS2/month. It's shutting down 3G to free some spectrum for 4G. It is cutting capex, dangerous when the 12 gigabytes/month of use continues to rise.

Huawei in 16 days sold 1,000,000 5G Mate 20s.  

China has over 50,000 upgraded base stations and may have more than 200,000 by yearend 2019. The growth is astonishing and about to accelerate. China will have more 5G than North America and Europe combined for several years.

5G phone prices are down to $580 in China from Oppo. Headed under $300 in 2020 and driving demand.

No one believed me when I wrote in May, 90% of Huawei U.S. purchases can be rapidly replaced and that Huawei would survive and thrive. Financial results are in, with 23% growth and increased phone sales. It is spending $17B on research in 2019, up > 10%. 

5G phones spotted from Sharp and Sony

NTT DOCOMO will begin "pre-commercial service Sept 20 with over 100 live bases. Officially, the commercial start is 2020.

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Welcome  1,800,000 Koreans bought 5G in the first four months. 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.