July 25, I count 22 carriers that are selling 5G actively and about a dozen that are mostly pr.  Literally dozens more are queued up. Alan Hadden counts 269 network operators investing in 5G in 102 countries. Do check the charts below.

All but 2 are using mid-band and likely delivering between 100 and 500 Mbps. 500-1,000 Mbps is possible outdoors in the right location. The first data on average speeds comes from Korea and is less than 200 Mbps. That makes sense because ~80% of connections are indoors. It will get better but not by that much.

Latency is between 25 & 35 milliseconds on most tests. That can be reduced to 12-20 ms by putting servers near the towers. The Chinese will install servers for over a billion people in the next few years. Almost everyone is testing or considering Edge networks but no carrier in the West has made a large commitment.

Verizon and parts of T-Mobile U.S. are using millimetre wave, with about three times the capacity.


Country Company Date deployed Spectrum band Spectrum MHz
Korea Korea Telecom 4/1/2019 Mid 100
Korea SK 4/1/2019 Mid 100
Korea LG+ 4/1/2019 Mid 100
U.S. Verizon 4/1/2019 mmWave 400-800
U.S. Sprint 6/1/2019 mid 80-160
U.S T-Mobile 7/1/2019 mid and mmWave see comments
UK BT 6/1/2019 Mid 40
UK Vodafone 6/1/2019 Mid 50
China China Mobile 6/15/2019 Mid 260
China China Telecom 6/15/2019 Mid 100
China China Unicom 6/15/2019 Mid 100
China China Broadcast 6/15/2019 Mid and Low 100+
UAE Etisalat 6/1/2019 Mid 100
Spain Vodafone 6/15/2019 Mid 90
Italy Vodafone 6/1 Mid 80
Australia Telstra 6/1 Mid 60
Switzerland Swisscom 6/1/2019 Mid 120
Switzerland Sunrise 6/1/2019 Mid 100
Germany Vodafone 7/15/2019 Mid 90
Qatar Vodafone 7/15/2019 Mid 100
Finland Elisa 7/1/2019 Mid 130
Soon come. Many of these have announced commercial deployments but I can't confirm active sales to customers.
U.S. AT&T yearend 2018 Initially mmWave 100-400
Australia Optus      
UK Three August Mid 140
UK O2 Telefonica ? Mid 40
Romania Digi   Mid  
Saudi Arabia STC   Mid  
Italy Telecom Italia July Mid 80
Kuwait Viva   Mid  
UAE DU 7/18/2019 Mid  
Bahrain Batelco   Mid  
Germany DT late 2019, maybe Mid 90

July 26 wireless carriers 990



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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.