Verizon's Bill Stone tells Mike Dano at Fierce, "Verizon will essentially double its 5G Home channel configurations from 400 MHz to 800 MHz, and that the speeds and capacity available through the service would double as a result." With 400 MHz, many Verizon customers are getting close to a gigabit today. The doubled capacity can be deployed in many ways.

Speeds could be doubled from "300 to 1,000 megabits." Verizon could raise the top speed to 2 gigabits for consumers to outpace U.S. cablecos, now mostly at 1 gigabit. (Some cablecos are starting to offer 1.5 gigabits.) Very, very few consumers can make effective use of even a gigabit, but the evidence around the world is that customers buy speed even if they don't use it. 

Raising the 300 megabit minimum to 600 megabits would be a welcome move. Ex-CEO Lowell McAdam said the Verizon 5G would be targeted at a gigabit for all. I was shocked when VZ instead said 300-1,000 on launch.  My initial thought was they were just covering their rear on problem cases, but then Vestberg said some customers would not get mmWave but something slower. 

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The additional capacity can be tuned to raise speeds, serve more customers, deliver better service to businesses, or extend reach. I suspect the decisions haven't been made yet and marketing will play a large role.  

 

 

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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.