China Unicom Yunnan outsource 230China's third largest carrier, Unicom, has brought in other private companies to manage a network with about the same population as Spain. The company reports outstanding results. (Below) While many companies, especially in India, will contract out building and even running the networks, this appears to be going even further.

Unicom itself is now an experiment in how to connect State-owned companies with private ones. The government persuaded Internet giants Alibaba & Tencent to each buy about 10% of the company and work actively with CU management.  Rumors that CU would be merged into China Telecom have not proven true. The company has been struggling.  

Initial Contract-out Reform of Yunnan Branch Showed Brilliant Results

⚫ Delegated management of the access network assets, network deployment & maintenance, overall business dealing to privately-owned operating companies, in compliance with the applicable laws & regulations

⚫ Contracted out operation with profit target set


⚫ >90% of the Company’s employees migrated to the operating companies

⚫ Stock ownership to key staff to better align staff & operating company’s interests

⚫ 4G network construction sped up with private capital

⚫ Accelerated business growth with higher staff motivation

⚫ Enhanced operating efficiency with refined cost management

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Vivo is selling new the iQOO 5G premium quality phone for US$536.

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.