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 askOn Oct 1, Verizon turned on the first $20B 5G mmWave network. It will soon offer a gigabit or close to 30M homes. Thousands of sites are live in Korea; AT&T is going live with mobile, even lacking phones. 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 4X 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.

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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.