Verizon only covers small parts of two cities with 5G, far under 1% of the population. The massive promotion has convinced many they are an early leader. They refuse to provide coverage maps or data. The three Koreans, Swisscom and probably Sprint have the only extensive coverage. So I'm sending a simple set of questions to all who announce deployments. Update 5/28 BT also pulled ahead of Verizon & AT&T, covering 8% of towers, about 1,000.
About how many people can buy your service? About how many cells are working? Can you estimate for 6 months from now and for three or four years from now? Do you offer a coverage map?
The three Koreans - SK, KT, LG - prove extensive coverage. Each covers about half the country with a year-end target of 90%, using a total of over 60,000 cells..
India is well along with the first large public use of blockchain in the world. The three giant telcos - Bharti, Jio, and Vodafone -are cooperating to build a system designed to cover more than a billion phone users.
Shared data will include "Soliciting entities, message aggregators, subscriber consent data and lifecycle event dates." Tanla, Tech Mahindra and IBM are providing the technology.
TRAI had ordered the companies to solve the spam problem.
This is based on reporting by Danish Khan at Economic Times. Worth a click for more information.
UNISOC/Spreadtrum will ship a 5G modem and full system on chip by late this year or early 2020. It announced the "5G technology platform" MAKALU and the IVY510 modem in February. It now has chips in test.
UNISOC has nearly unlimited backing from the government and Tsinghua Unigroup. 3,000+ engineers are led by Stephen Chu and other experienced managers. They intend to become a major international chip company. For several years, the then-named Spreadtrum cooperated closely with Intel on LTE and other chips. They now are on their own, hoping for an IPO in 2020.
China will have well over 130,000 5G base stations in 2019 and 1,000,000 bases amazingly quickly. Tens of millions will soon be buying 5G phones.