Calix GigaSpire 230Dan Mondor, quoted, is CEO of Inseego, a US$200 million IoT specialist. Inseego sells a high-end Wi-Fi router to Verizon for the 5G network and works closely with Verizon. Even he couldn't think of any volume applications today that needed 5G. He expects that future applications will change that.

Shane Eleniak is a Senior Vice President at Calix. His NG-PON2 and AXOS software are crucial to Verizon's 5G network. Their state-of-the-art GigaSpire Wi-Fi 6 router (pictured) has exceptional reach and even talks to you through Alexa. He confirmed to me that today's 4G can meet all present needs, unless there is an overall shortage of capacity.  

Connected cars, remote surgery, and AR/VR/gaming are often cited as future demand-drivers. All are likely years away from having a large impact.

Respected analyst Linley Gwennapp believes claims that connected cars must have 5G are "Ridiculous. ... There will be lots of areas with no 5G network coverage and if my car is on Verizon and yours is on AT&T the connection isn’t going to be instantaneous anyway." I note thousands of autonomous cars are active today. There will probably be millions on the road before 5G is widespread.

Until Edge networks are widespread, AR/VR and gaming latency will include the connection to the cloud servers, so will always be slower than the ~10 milliseconds of the likely 5G networks. In addition, very few people will have 5G connections for years. A game designer would lose most of her audience if a game is based on 5G speeds. Gamers will enjoy the snappiness of 5G, so there is potential here. I'd suggest the best way to drive demand for low latency will be to persuade gaming companies to build dedicated editions for 5G. Gaming giant Tencent was persuaded by the government to invest in China Unicom. That would be a natural match.

Very few surgeons operate from the beach, where 5G latency would make a difference. Nearly always they will work where there is a landline, often a medical facility with a high-speed fibre connection. In that case, 5G speeds are irrelevant.

Surgeons on the beach?  

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The 3.3-4.2 spectrum should be shared, not exclusively used by one company, concludes an important U.S. Defense Innovation Board report. If more wireless broadband is important, sharing is of course right because shared networks can yield far more

It does work! Verizon's mmWave tests over a gigabit in the real world. 
The $669 OnePlus 7 Pro outclasses the best Apples and probably the new Galaxy 10 or Huawei P30 Pro. Optical zoom, three cameras, liquid cooling, Qualcomm 855 and more.
Korea at 400,000 5G May 15. Chinese "pre-commercial" signing customers, 60,000-120,000 base stations in 2019, million+ remarkable soon. 
5G phones Huawei Mate 20, Samsung Galaxy 10, ZTE Nubia, LG V50, and OPPO are all on sale at China Unicom. All cost US$1,000 to 1,500 before subsidy. Xiaomi promises US$600.
Natural monopoly? Vodafone & Telecom Italia to share 5G, invite all other companies to join.
Huawei predicts 5G phones for US$200 in 2021, $300 even earlier
NY Times says "5G is dangerous" is a Russian plot. Really.
Althiostar raised US$114 million for a virtual RAN system in the cloud. Rakuten, Japan's new #4, is using it and invested.
Ireland is proposing a US$3 billion subsidy for rural fibre that will be much too expensive. Politics.
Telefonica Brazil has 9M FTTH homes passed and will add 6M more within two years. Adjusted for population, that's more than the U.S. The CEO publicly urged other carriers to raise prices together.
CableLabs and Cisco have developed Low Latency XHaul (LLX) with 5-15 ms latency for 5G backhaul,  U.S. cable is soon to come in very strong in wireless. Details 
Korea Telecom won 100,000 5G customers in the first month. SK & LG added 150,000 more. KT has 37,500 cells. planning 90% of the country by yearend. 
The Chinese giants expect 60,000 to 90,000 5G cells by the end of 2019.
China Telecom's Yang Xin warns, "Real large-scale deployment of operators' edge computing may be after 2021." Customers are hard to find.
Reliance Jio registered 97.5% 4G availability across India in Open Signal testing. Best in world.

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Welcome On Oct 1, 2019 Verizon turned on the first $20B 5G mmWave network with extraordinary hopes. The actual early results have been dismal. Good engineers tell me that will change. 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.