Dina Katabi 230 Do not miss the Brooklyn 5G Summit, livestreamed by IEEE.  Arogyswami Paulraj of Stanford, perhaps the most distinguished communications engineer alive, is joined by Gerhard Fettweis (Tactile Internet,) MacArthur Fellow Dina Katabi of MIT and a dozen others. Executives include CTO Seizo Onoe of NTT, Marcus Weldon of Bell Labs, and an extraordinary panel on phased array antennas..

They are speaking to their peers, so they bring the most recent and important results. Four and five years ago, Ted and team presented the data that convinced the industry mmWave will work, with hundreds of thousands of base stations in the works now. Marcus brought an inspiring call for 1 ms latency, still to be realized. This year, Paulraj is bringing insights into 60 GHz, above the current 5G range. That's nothing: Kaushik Sengupta of Princeton is working with terahertz. 

The live event is invitation only, although I believe press and those in the field can usually get invitations. The livestream by IEEE should not be missed. Do catch it the first time around; one year it took weeks to post. (Reporters - Happy to introduce.)

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In Austin, May 15-16, Light Reading is doing the Big Communications Event. Likely interesting sessions include Gabriel Brown on Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications, the 1 ms 5G still in stealth, and anything narrated by Ray LeMaistre, who knows the issues and asks the right questions.

Co-located but independent is the 5G New Horizons conference with a strong lineup. Chin-Lin I of China Mobile is a standout. China Telecom is deploying 2M 3.5 GHz cells and I bet CM is doing more. Takehiro Nakamura of NTT leads the 3GPP RAN writing the 5G standards. Senior people are coming from China, Japan, and Korea, as well as Brian O’Shaughnessy of Shaw in Canada.

Both events are free to attendees who work for carriers.

dave askAugust 2018 Verizon's $20B 5G build is starting to add customers in 2018. Gigabit LTE & Massive MIMO became real in 2017 and enow expanding worldwide. Almost all the other "5G" is mid-band, 70%-90% slower + hype. Europe is mostly pr. The term 5G has been bastardized, unfortunately.

Being a reporter is a great job for a geek. I'm not an engineer but I've learned from some of the best, including the primary inventors of DSL, cable modems, MIMO, Massive MIMO, and now 5G mmWave. Since 1999, I've done my best to get closer to the truth about broadband.

Send questions and news to Dave Burstein, Editor. I always want to hear from you, especially if you catch a mistake.

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 5G Why Verizon thinks differently and what to do about it is a new report I wrote for STL Partners and their clients.

STL Partners, a British consulting outfit I respect, commissioned me to ask why. That report is now out. If you're a client, download it here. If not, and corporate priced research is interesting to you, ask me to introduce you to one of the principals.

It was fascinating work because the answers aren't obvious. Lowell McAdam's company is spending $20B to cover 30M+ homes in the first stage. The progress in low & mid-band, both "4G" and "5G," has been remarkable. In most territories, millimeter wave will not be necessary to meet expected demand.

McAdam sees a little further. mmWave has 3-4X the capacity of low and mid-band. He sees an enormous marketing advantage: unlimited services, even less congestion, reputation as the best network. Verizon testing found mmWave rate/reach was twice what had been estimated. All prior cost estimates need revision.

My take: even if mmWave doesn't fit in your current budget, telcos should expand trials and training to be ready as things change. The new cost estimates may be low enough to change your mind.