KT 5G prizes230KT is giving out free chicken and Starbucks coffee at the party launching 5G on April 5. This one is for real.* Seoul is covered and many other cities. By the end of 2019, 80% of the country will be ready. Korea's networks have more base stations upgraded than the entire rest of the world, excluding China.**

It will primarily be 3.5 GHz, with customer speeds mostly 100-400 meg. Lab/peak speeds will be a little over 1 gig, about the same as good LTE. They have demonstrated a combined LTE/5G system that could double that, but I don't know when it will ship.  They are offering the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G for well over US$1,000.

The price will be US$48-70. The lower price has an 8-gigabyte cap. They wanted to charge US$62 but the government held up their permission to operate until they had a cheaper offering.

The largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom, has 34,000 cells deployed. KT has 30,000 and LG+ 18,000. LG+ expects 50,000 radios by July. KT has promised 80% population coverage by the end of 2019.

LG, KT, & SK have all predicted they will be #1 in Korea and have been building furiously.  

* Verizon, AT&T and most of the other big talkers have 90% fewer sites.

** China has provided numbers. Nomura thinks 172,000 by the end of 2019, but that looks high.

 

 

 

 ** The Chinese carriers are not providing numbers yet. Nomura estimates China will have 172,000 cells by yearend, but that's probably too high. The three giants intend to spend US$4-6 billion in 2019. 

 

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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.