July 25, I count 22 carriers that are selling 5G actively and about a dozen that are mostly pr.  Literally dozens more are queued up. Alan Hadden counts 269 network operators investing in 5G in 102 countries. Do check the charts below.

All but 2 are using mid-band and likely delivering between 100 and 500 Mbps. 500-1,000 Mbps is possible outdoors in the right location. The first data on average speeds comes from Korea and is less than 200 Mbps. That makes sense because ~80% of connections are indoors. It will get better but not by that much.

Latency is between 25 & 35 milliseconds on most tests. That can be reduced to 12-20 ms by putting servers near the towers. The Chinese will install servers for over a billion people in the next few years. Almost everyone is testing or considering Edge networks but no carrier in the West has made a large commitment.

Verizon and parts of T-Mobile U.S. are using millimetre wave, with about three times the capacity.


Country Company Date deployed Spectrum band Spectrum MHz
Korea Korea Telecom 4/1/2019 Mid 100
Korea SK 4/1/2019 Mid 100
Korea LG+ 4/1/2019 Mid 100
U.S. Verizon 4/1/2019 mmWave 400-800
U.S. Sprint 6/1/2019 mid 80-160
U.S T-Mobile 7/1/2019 mid and mmWave see comments
UK BT 6/1/2019 Mid 40
UK Vodafone 6/1/2019 Mid 50
China China Mobile 6/15/2019 Mid 260
China China Telecom 6/15/2019 Mid 100
China China Unicom 6/15/2019 Mid 100
China China Broadcast 6/15/2019 Mid and Low 100+
UAE Etisalat 6/1/2019 Mid 100
Spain Vodafone 6/15/2019 Mid 90
Italy Vodafone 6/1 Mid 80
Australia Telstra 6/1 Mid 60
Switzerland Swisscom 6/1/2019 Mid 120
Switzerland Sunrise 6/1/2019 Mid 100
Germany Vodafone 7/15/2019 Mid 90
Qatar Vodafone 7/15/2019 Mid 100
Finland Elisa 7/1/2019 Mid 130
Soon come. Many of these have announced commercial deployments but I can't confirm active sales to customers.
U.S. AT&T yearend 2018 Initially mmWave 100-400
Australia Optus      
UK Three August Mid 140
UK O2 Telefonica ? Mid 40
Romania Digi   Mid  
Saudi Arabia STC   Mid  
Italy Telecom Italia July Mid 80
Kuwait Viva   Mid  
UAE DU 7/18/2019 Mid  
Bahrain Batelco   Mid  
Germany DT late 2019, maybe Mid 90

July 26 wireless carriers 990



dave ask


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, especially when you find an error. daveb@dslprime.com

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