As expected, about three times faster than the mid-band 5G. CFO Ellis says VZ is getting what they expected, often just short of a gigabit. We're (finally) getting feedback from users, always more reliable than the companies. Several have reported on the web speeds usually just a little less than a gig. 

Latency is 10-25 ms, not 1 ms. Verizon & AT&T latency from the cell to the home is testing at 9-13 ms. That's of limited value unless the game or whatever you're accessing is stored locally, unlikely for years. The important latency figure is from you to where you are trying to reach, sometimes across the web. 1 ms works in the lab but I do not know any telco in the world committed to deploying it in the next few years.

Dexter Johnson at IEEE reports a failed installation. Verizon tried, but was blocked by a neighbour's garage.

FileunderJeff wrote at Reddit

I'm getting speeds of 900+ mbps downstream (wired), 600+ downstream (wireless), 200+ upstream. A couple things to keep in mind:

  1. They will mount a small, oven-mitt sized antenna on the inside or outside of your house. They literally bolted one on the side of my house.

  2. They run a wire from the antenna into your house (or through your house if the antenna is inside), so make sure there's a good path to run the wire from the antenna to the entry point discreetly.

  3. The distance from your house to the node matters. My closest node is about three blocks away, and my connection is fine.

  4. Installation takes several hours. They will be inside and outside of your home. You will have to sign off before they begin installation. Plan to have someone at home the whole day, just in case.

  5. Technicians were super professional. Managers were on site throughout. They're bringing out the A team.

This is so much faster than my previous AT&T connection, and it's the same price.

dave ask

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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 US#2/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 6 days sold 300,000 5G Mate 20s. Delivery begins on 8/16. 

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.