Where are the phones with four antennas?  Ericsson and Telstra used 5 carriers for a gig last year; Deutsche Telkom with Huawei now announced their "field" test with 5 carriers. SK in Korea and Telstra promise the gig in 2016; AT&T in "12-18 months" (Tom Keathley.) No one will be surprised if those schedules slip, or if the first "deployments" are more like field tests. But it's coming.  

As far as I know, none of these networks are actually delivering more than 400 megabits peak today. Since 2009, LTE has been planned for 100 MHz of spectrum, 8 antennas at both transmitter and receiver, and other improvements to reach far beyond the gigabit. 

Your speed will vary. The cell edge will be 90% slower; some windows and walls can be equally devastating.

 

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Mobile communications speed breakthrough achieved in Berlin

Sep 12, 2016

  • Deutsche Telekom and Huawei accelerate mobile data transfer in Berlin's LTE network to more than 1,2 Gigabit per second (Gbps)
  • Technology mix of four sending and receiving channels (4x4MIMO) and five carrier frequencies deployed live for the first time
  • LTE Advanced Pro gives customers the highest data speeds

What was previously only possible under laboratory conditions is now available in the wild as of today: Deutsche Telekom and Huawei have breached the one-gigabit speed barrier for mobile data transfers in the LTE network. During a live demonstration in Berlin they succeeded in transmitting data with 1,22 Gbps via mobile radio.

In 2010, DT began paving the way to the gigabit society. Since then, fixed-network customers in particular have increasingly benefited from fast connection speeds. Together with Huawei, Deutsche Telekom has now achieved a breakthrough in Berlin for its mobile customers as well.

"User behavior is evolving rapidly on the way to a gigabit society. That's why fast Internet access can't be limited to just fixed lines and fiber optics – our customers also want the highest possible speeds for maximum comfort on the go as well. As you can see, our network delivers. We are ahead of our time and ahead of the competition," says Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom AG's Board Member for Europe and Technology.

" Huawei strongly believes in the best user experience as the foundation for the successful future of Deutsche Telekom. Together we innovate for the advanced wireless technology and Huawei is happy to support Deutsche Telekom to prove the benefits of the latest evolutionary step of this technology, LTE Advanced Pro, in real field application", Lin Baifeng, President Huawei Deutsche Telekom Key Account, notes.

The more high-quality video people retrieve on their smartphones, the more data has to be transported through the mobile networks. The same applies to live streams and detail-rich games. These constantly increasing demands are driving the evolution of the LTE wireless technology forward on the way to 5G.

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei used the latest evolutionary step of this technology – LTE Advanced Pro – with a conventional mobile base station, which was bundled with a small cell solution; the data traffic flowed over five carrier frequencies instead of just one. This required one thing above all from both the transmitter station and the receiving devices: they have to support 4x4 MIMO (multiple input – multiple output) technology. If all these components are used, individual users can enjoy peak speeds of more than 1 Gbps. Wireless capacities in the equipped cells are also improved greatly for all users.

The current move by Deutsche Telekom and Huawei represents the next step in a long-term innovation collaboration in the development of mobile communications technologies and the roll-out of Germany's fastest LTE network. In an earlier test last year, the two companies bundled three carrier frequencies in Berlin, reaching speeds of over 340 Megabit per second. They have now beaten this record by far, taking an enormous step toward creating the gigabit society together.

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Vivo is selling new the iQOO 5G premium quality phone for US$536.

Lei Jun Xiaomi "5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020"5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020" I say sooner

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.

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.