Much higher sales of 5G devices in 2020 than previously expected
Following Verizon’s announcement that it has officially turned on 5G in parts of New York City, Boise, Idaho and Panama City, Florida and as reports consistently show that 5G deployment will continue to accelerate, Goldman Sachs has upped the number of 5G devices expected to be deployed next year from 50 million to 120 million.
Docomo in Japan launches pre-5G services for Rugby World Cup
Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has launched a 'pre-5G' service to coincide with the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The company plans to test the service with customers before a full commercial launch of 5G services in spring 2020. It's using the slogan '5G Open' in marketing to underline the new opportunities the network will open up.
Docomo said the service uses the same frequencies and equipment as full 5G services. It's offering three supporting smartphones from Sony, Samsung and LG and a router developed by Sharp, as well as showing off its partnership with Magic Leap AR devices over the new network.
The pre-5G service can reach speeds of up to 3.2 Gbps download and 202 Mbps upload over mmWave bands and 2.4 Gbps/107 Mbps in sub-6 GHz frequencies. The main coverage areas will include stadiums used in the rugby tournament as well as Docomo shops, its 5G Open Lab, and major airports and train stations.
Docomo will be showing off 5G applications such as multi-angle viewing and press photo uploads at the rugby matches and for selected users outside the stadium. Additional VR applications are planned for demos at the Tokyo International Film Festival in November.
Verizon’s 5G network can't cover an entire NFL stadium
Verizon yesterday announced that its 5G service is available in 13 NFL stadiums but said the network is only able to cover "parts" of the seating areas. Verizon 5G signals will also be sparse or non-existent when fans walk through concourses and other areas in and around each stadium.
The rollout of 5G is more complicated than the rollout of 4G was because 5G relies heavily on millimeter-wave signals that don't travel far and are easily blocked by walls and other obstacles. While Verizon is trying to build excitement around 5G, its announcement for availability in NFL stadiums carried several caveats.
Verizon said that its 5G coverage "varies by stadium" but provided no specifics on how widespread the coverage is in each facility. At least some of the 13 stadiums don't have any 5G coverage available outside the seating areas, Verizon also acknowledged.
"Our main focus is to provide 5G Ultra Wideband service to fans when they are in their seats," Verizon told Ars. "In some stadiums we also have 5G available in the concourse areas and by the entry gates."
Verizon also said it plans to "expand to more stadiums during this season" and "increas[e] coverage in the 13 stadiums that currently have 5G." But Verizon did not tell us if it expects to reach full-stadium coverage in any of the NFL facilities, and it didn't answer our question about whether the in-stadium limits are due to the use of millimeter-wave frequencies or some other factor.
Same problem in early launch cities
This is the same problem, on a smaller scale, that Verizon's network experienced in early 5G launch cities. You had to be near a 5G antenna to get a signal, and reviewers had trouble staying connected to the 5G service.
Verizon's stadium announcement explained that customers' phones will fall back to 4G automatically and that in some cities, there isn't any 5G coverage at all outside the stadiums.
5G can work on any frequency used by mobile networks, including the lower-band frequencies Verizon uses for its nationwide 4G network. But Verizon has said that customers will only notice small speed increases on 5G when it's delivered over low-band frequencies. The big speed increases will come on millimeter-wave deployments, which will be concentrated in densely populated areas.
The 13 stadiums where Verizon 5G is partially available include those used by the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and New York Jets (they share a stadium in New Jersey), Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, and Minnesota Vikings. That's only 12 stadiums, so there's a 13th that Verizon hasn't revealed. There are another 18 NFL stadiums without Verizon 5G service.
US: Amazon Shows More Interest in 3.5 GHz Wireless Networks
Amazon.com claimed it plans to increase testing in the 3.5 GHz CBRS spectrum band, but the company continues to keep the information of those trials under the cape of secrecy. However, many of the brand-new locations where Amazon is testing networks in the band are near its business workplaces.
Orange Polska and Ericsson launched a 5G test network in Warsaw
These are the first such big 5G test network in Poland, evaluating the latest modern technology in urban conditions. Orange and Ericsson placed on air 9 sites in the Warsaw district of Ochota and Powiśle where it provides a speed close de 900Mbps.
Ericsson as well as Orange Polska are conducting tests to get optimum solutions from network monitoring side as well as meeting the needs of consumers. The devices constituting the test network operate on the basis of the 80 MHz channel in the 3.4 - 3.6 GHz band (this band is planned for the launch of the 5G network in Poland) .The tests will use the available 5G devices, including even more than 100 smartphones as well as routers.
" Today access to a fast network is what access to roads and electricity used to be" - said Marek Zagórski, Minister of Digital Affairs. "For Poland, the 5th generation network is an opportunity for rapid development of the economic climate. We intend to do every little thing to let Polish business benefit from it" - he included.
" Today we are one step closer to launching the Polish fifth generation mobile network. We are technologically ready for this challenge. After more than a year of trials in laboratories and in the field, we have launched a network operating in the capital city. We will invite our customers to those tests, providing them with new 5G smartphones manufactured especially for Orange” - stated Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of Orange Polska.
" Ericsson has been leading the worldwide 5G rollout and now we bring the same technology to the heart of Warsaw. Our collaboration with Orange Polska together with our ongoing investment across Poland contributes to a wave of 5G innovation making Poland one of the leading nations for 5G in Europe. - claimed Martin Mellor, Head of Ericsson Poland.
The sites have actually been located in such a way that they produce a consistent range and allow activity between them without disrupting the connection with 5G. The solution was integrated with the backbone fiber optic network of Orange with 10Gbps throughput. This allows Orange to get a speed up to 1Gbps ( 10 times more than the current 4G connection).
Orange is considered the first providers to launch the 5G trials in real conditions. It is the only one to use the 3.4 - 3.8 GHz and 26 - 28 GHz bands. The tests conducted with all leading providers have permitted the operator to obtain the experience required to deploy a 5G network. Probably, the very first business roll-outs will take place in the years 2020 - 2021, after the operator obtains the 5G frequencies for the construction of the network