OnoeMost previously expected deployments before 2022 to be extremely modest. The highly respected NTT DOCOMO CTO in 2015 predicted little mmWave mobile before 2022-2023. That became the common wisdom among leading engineers despite the massive pr it would be sooner. At the Brooklyn 5G, he acknowledged advances have been made and he now expects sooner. Ted Rappaport is no longer the outlier on projected volume deployment. Nothing is certain yet, but many think Onoe is on target. 3GPP, under pressure from telcos, is cooperating.

3GPP, under pressure from telcos, is cooperating. They are expediting the ridiculously named "5G New Radio Non-standalone." That's mostly a 4G LTE system with some software tweaks and the ability to use mmWave as well as Wi-Fi spectrum. The existing LTE network will handle the hard stuff,

such as handovers when a car driving 60 mph rapidly crosses cells. Existing LTE will "control" the network; the extra spectrum will add more data capacity. Inoe in his 2016 presentation "5G Myths" dispelled any thoughts of shutting down LTE for a decade or more. That too has become common wisdom, so the telcos can depend on LTE for the control plan for many years.

"Non-standalone" will have additional capacity from the added spectrum, possibly 5 gigabits to 200-600 homes. Towers will have generally transmit about a gigabit to 2-4 times as many. Unlike "New Radio" in 3.5 GHz spectrum, it's not "fake 5G." Careful thinkers call "Non-standalone" and "fixed 5G mmWave" Phase One. The full 5G won't be available until Phase Two and Three next decade.

Intel is promising mmWave chip samples later in 2017 for deployment. Qualcomm is similar. Both are expecting production chips in 2019. The first chips will almost certainly be power-hungry, hot, and require large batteries. Some will get to testing and perhaps early adopters in 2019, making 2020 for a wider deployment perhaps reasonable.

Verizon I believe has decided to go ahead with a ~$20B small cell network to cover 1/3rd to 1/2 of the U.S. between 2019 & 2022. Officially, all they promise is "commercial deployments of fixed wireless mmWave & 4G small cells in 2019." Mobile 5G will be added when ready. They already are going full speed ahead with the small cells. Equipment is in place in 11 cities and the official announcement will be very soon. The vendors (Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung) are all promising an easy and inexpensive upgrade to mmWave mobile. 

Massive mobile capacity ~2020 is extremely encouraging to Verizon, who just had their worst quarter in 20 years. Verizon's entire business model is based on charging premium prices for a better network. T-Mobile's network is now so close to Verizon performance in most cities customers are going for the lower prices. That's an important reason Verizon is rushing; they need to maintain an image of superiority.

10,0000+ engineers are working away but nothing is guaranteed.

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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.