5G Korea 230Korea was one of the first to demonstrate 5G. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam visited Korea, saw it worked, and planned a US$20 billion project, now started. The three Koreans, working with the government, had agreed to a March, 2019 official introduction. Reports the date has been pulled up to December 1 are now confirmed by the Korea Herald.

The picture is a mid-band Samsung 3.5 GHz unit with 32 antennas. The unit is 1 meter in height and 23 centimeters in width, weighing 24 kilos. It's being installed by SK, in the Myeong-dong neighborhood of Seoul.  Several other cities are ready to go. 

Korea was the first or second testing mmWave, but I believe at least two of the three telcos are emphasizing 3.5 GHz. I believe the likely speed is one gig peak, 100-400 megabits typical

 The details of the SK plans are from the Herald. The rest is mine.

dave ask

@davescomm

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Dec 10 Sprint bringing $300-500 5G phones to US 2020. Nokia, Lenovo, HMD ** H., Apple, and AMD doing 5 nm test runs on TSMC's 5 nm. Early results are 15-30% better than 7 nm ** AT&T low-band 5G built to >65% US. Speeds slower than 4G at launch. ** 

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

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Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

I'm Dave Burstein, Editor. I've been reporting telecom since 1999. I love to hear from readers, especially when you find an error. daveb@dslprime.com

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