Autonomous boat Ericsson 230China Mobile ended 2018 with 551,000,000 4G NB-IoT connections and expects to add 300,000,000 in 2019. It has covered 99% of the country with NB-IoT and is far ahead of anyone else in the world. 4G will totally dominate telco IoT for many years. IoT in 5G really is a form of the 4G tools. The marketing people are trying to hide that fact.

CM is building an ecosystem that is expanding outside of China. It recently signed a deal with Singtel. The software is from Huawei, which is rapidly building a worldwide cloud.

The Huawei/Deutsche Telekom cloud is growing rapidly and extending across most of Eastern Europe. The company has opened a node in South Africa as well. Nothing's been announced, but DT & CM are both planning to offer IoT around the world through partners. 

That IoT requires 5G is a fantasy encouraged by 5G vendors. The autonomous boat in the picture was demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. The press release below notes the companies won an award for "Most Popular 5G application" despite the fact that it is designed for 4G.

Shane Eleniak, Calix VP, is designing and deploying advanced home gateways. He confirms,   5G will allow more connections, literally a million per square kilometre. Very, very few locations will need that density for many years. 

5G terminals are more expensive and require more power. Wi-Fi, Zigbee, or Bluetooth will usually be a better choice. 

20 billion devices ≠ 20 billion device 5G connections, Henning Schulzrinne reminds us. 

Broadband IoT Smart Vessel with China Mobile and OceanAlpha

Feb 26, 2019
Making waves at Mobile World Congress 2019 this week, Ericsson is showcasing an award-winning Smart Vessel industrial use case – operating remotely on commercial 4G broadband. The use case is a joint development of Ericsson, China Mobile and OceanAlpha.

Ericsson has revealed an award-winning industrial use case at Mobile World Congress 2019 this week, demonstrating the first steps of how 4G and 5G connectivity can benefit our planet and improve society.

The use case, a Broadband IoT Smart Vessel, demonstrates an unmanned vessel operating remotely over a 4G network. Showcased as part of Ericsson’s evolved Cellular IoT solution, the smart vessel harnesses the increased capacity and lower latency of forthcoming networks to perform operations in almost real time. Following pre-defined GPS routers, the vessel operates autonomously – collecting water quality monitoring data, identifying the cause of the pollutant with HD cameras and taking necessary measures to address these pollutants. The smart vessel can be remotely steered to the desired location in a pollution or accident area for close monitoring and takes necessary actions to overcome pollutants.

This use case – running on a commercial 4G network – has been jointly developed with China Mobile and OceanAlpha, the leading and largest unmanned surface vessel company in the world. The remotely-controlled machine is just one example of the billions of smart devices which are widely expected to be enabled by 5G over the coming years.

Chris Houghton, SVP & Head of Market Area North East Asia at Ericsson, says: “At Ericsson, we’ve set our vision for the evolution of cellular IoT. As demonstrated with the Cellular IoT vessel demo at MWC, our new offerings within cellular IoT will enable service providers to address a larger part of the IoT market – with more advanced use cases, across multiple industries. We’ve also enhanced our Massive IoT offerings which, together with new Broadband IoT solutions, are designed to leverage new capabilities across 4G and 5G – connecting service providers with new growth opportunities in industry digitalization.” 

Jie Zheng, General Manager of China Mobile Zhejiang Company, says: “Growth in cellular IoT connectivity is expected to accelerate as industries digitalize. We see a big opportunity to expand our existing business beyond mobile broadband. We’ve sustained momentum in the IoT space with heightened 4G capabilities and are prepared for 5G enhancements when they come.”

Earlier this year, Ericsson unveiled the next steps in the evolution of cellular IoT and launched new solutions that will enable service providers to address a larger part of the IoT market with diverse use cases across multiple industries.

In November 2018, at the United Nations "World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIS)" in China, Ericsson recently jointly won with China Mobile the award for Most Popular 5G application for its demo: 5G unmanned river cleaning vessel. lays out a vision for cellular IoT with new segments and solutions


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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.