I first wrote: 4G 1.2 gigabits. 5G 1.5 gigabits. This is one of the first apples to apples comparison, both running on the same Samsung Galaxy phone. These are plausible figures for sub-6 GHz LTE and NR. The best available projections are that 5G in theory would be 19-51% more capable, so this was plausible.

The question mark is there because it's possible the 4G might actually be a third more efficient than the 5G. Cho Mu-Hyun at ZDNet discovered the LTE was three bands, presumably 60 MHz, with 4x4 MIMO antennas. The most common 5G testing uses 100 MHz. Adjusting for the spectrum difference would result in the 4G being a third more efficient than the 5G.

SK combined the 4G and 5G signals for a total of 2.7 gigabits in their test.  That would be a remarkable advance if ready for market. I don't know anyone else doing similar. Samsung and SK haven't yet answered my questions about how much spectrum and product availability date. 

Far too many companies, from Swisscom to Qualcomm to Verizon, refuse to provide basic information with their releases. Verizon won't give a meaningful answer about actual speed or about how many cells are deployed or the percent of the population covered.

Swisscom told me tests in November with the Qualcomm demo 5G phones received a gigabit. None of the 4 more recent tests have reached more than 800 meg and most were much less. 

Here's the pr 

SKT, Samsung Electronics and Galaxy S10 5G to achieve the fastest domestic 2.7Gbps

3/13/2019

  • SKT to prepare for the launch of the world's first 5G smartphone

  • Developed '5G-LTE combining technology' to realize 2.7Gbps speed ... 1 movie transmission '6 seconds' · The world's No. 1 5G smartphone "Galaxy S10 5G"

  • 5G smartphone connected to 5G commercial network on the first floor of SKT headquarters on 14th. - General customers can experience various 5G services by touching Samsung / LG 5G smartphone

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Details on all 5G phones, as prices drop to $285 ** All actual 5G networks worldwide ** Facebook ordered to repost Italian fascist page. ** Apple China sales down 35%** Qorvo sees 300M 5G 2020 & 750M 2023 mmWave <10%

** Bharti demands India Gov more than double prices and enforce cartel. Sunil Mittal "Situation is dire. It is a matter of survival for everyone." ** Wi-Fi 6 meets ITU 5G criteria @stephenjcrowley ** Samsung $8B for Chinese memory plants ** Morgan paying billions for Altice fiber

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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