Entering 2020, very little 5G is mmWave or low-band. Hadden frequencies 230The tall line in Alan Hadden's chart is 3.3-4.2 GHz. To its left is 2.5 GHz. To its right is 4.8 GHz, used by China Mobile. 

Performance in mid-band is typically 100-400 Mbps down.  Sprint's 5G network averaged 183 Mbps. (Open Signal) More than 400 Mbps is an exception; 1 Gbps great for advertising.

Low-band (the two leftmost) speeds are similar to and often lower than 4G. AT&T averaged 60 Mbps and T-Mobile 48 Mbps.

Millimeter-wave at Verizon is often over a gigabit. Open Signal found an average for 772 Mbps, probably in an area where Verizon is using only half of its 28 GHz spectrum. AT&T is using 39 GHz.

Japan and Korea are testing mmWave but few others. 





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Rethinking Jan 27: Coronavirus could invalidate all projections. I reported on AIDS for 2 years. This could be worse because it spreads in air. Let us hope and pray.

Details on all 5G phones, as prices drop to $285 ** All actual 5G networks worldwide ** Facebook ordered to repost Italian fascist page. ** Apple China sales down 35%** Qorvo sees 300M 5G 2020 & 750M 2023 mmWave <10%

** Bharti demands India Gov more than double prices and enforce cartel. Sunil Mittal "Situation is dire. It is a matter of survival for everyone." ** Wi-Fi 6 meets ITU 5G criteria @stephenjcrowley ** Samsung $8B for Chinese memory plants ** Morgan paying billions for Altice fiber

Dec 10 Sprint bringing $300-500 5G phones to US 2020. Nokia, Lenovo, HMD ** H., Apple, and AMD doing 5 nm test runs on TSMC's 5 nm. Early results are 15-30% better than 7 nm ** AT&T low-band 5G built to >65% US. Speeds slower than 4G at launch. ** 

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. ** Huawei in 16 days sold 1,000,000 5G Mate 20s.  


Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

I'm Dave Burstein, Editor. I've been reporting telecom since 1999. I love to hear from readers and say thank you when you find an error. daveb@dslprime.com

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