Meet 5G* ... some restrictions may apply

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2019 - 01:27 PM |
Tagged: 5G, wireless, Huawei, qualcomm, x50, X55

The roll out of 5G has been somewhat painful to watch, with a variety of questionable marketing techniques and a staggered roll out.  The Inquirer dropped by MWC to see how much progress the various vendors, such as Qualcomm, Intel and Huawei are faring at the moment.  Qualcomm will be rolling out their new X55 to market some time this year, offering up to 7Gbps download speeds with similar power requirements to the existing LTE 4G chips.  Huawei expects delays, for reasons obvious to those who follow the news and Intel is not expecting to deliver anything until next year. 

Take a peek at the picture below for an idea of how segmented the standard is at the moment and then head over for a more detailed look.

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"If you've been following closely, leading vendors have been subtly playing down expectations and that's closer to reality. The missing bits of Release 15 were delayed three months to focus on stability, the 3GPP said at the time."

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February 28, 2019 | 07:21 PM - Posted by AnyMarketingIsAlwaysMadeUpOfTheQuestionable (not verified)

"questionable marketing techniques"

When is marketing ever doing anything that does not involve obfuscating the truth in some nefarious fashion. The marketing profession is completely based on lies and half truths with some little rebranding with larger numbers thrown in there because bubba always thinks bigger numbers equate to better. All marketing is intrinsically based on some questionable techniques that are constructed in a premeditated plan of nefarious methods and actions to separate the fools from their money.

February 28, 2019 | 10:42 PM - Posted by Shadowarez

So wait for 5G LTE? by then kinks and infrastructure should be ready.

March 1, 2019 | 03:00 AM - Posted by chipman (not verified)

It's funny how hardware manufacturers mostly from China (cf. trade war) are so vocals about the 5G when the 4G isn't wildly spread because of cost and safety legislation around M-I-C-R-O-W-A-V-E-S shamefully called "millimeter band".

In terms of infrastructure cost, I doubt 4G and even more 5G are more efficient than optical fiber upto the building with VDSL2|G.fast as short local loop.

March 1, 2019 | 10:32 AM - Posted by LeadPaintChipEatingChipman (not verified)

You are a complete wingnut nut job, chipman, so totally out of your gourd.

Most US products come from China because the cost to make things is lower there and your favorite monopolies can buy low from China and sell high to bubbas in the US. And everyone is pushing that 5G because it's going to require new phone/tablet purchases from bubbas all over bubba land.

Now everyone and their dog knows that optical fiber has more bandwidth available in the μm to nm wavelengts made use of. And the microwave spectrum does get into the mm wavelength range before that transitions to the Far infrared of the mm wavelengths into the μm wavelengts!

But 5G is for Mobile Usage where wires can not esily be made use of on any moving recievers that pretty much do not remain in one place very long. But Chipman does not see what's to come of that last mile so guarded as it is by the cable monopolies.

5G is going to definitely change the economics of that last mile of cable monopoly controlled infrastructure as the 5G base stations become ubiquitous and directly tied in to mostly the fiber optic backhaul and occasional wireless backhaul of point to point microwave stations in some limited rural regions. That's plenty of bandwith for wireless broadband via 5G base stations out to any mobile, or even stationary device, that's no longer limited to that cable monopoly's last mile of physical data pipes.

So now the cable monopoly's last mile of troll bridges can be bypassed over the airwaves by anyone with access to the 5G backhaul connected base stations and that's loads of providors there compared to the single cable monopoly in some areas.

5G is not going to replace that fiber going into houses and businesses but it will sure force the cable monopoly to lower their rates and improve their services in order to compete. That's with 5G and folks not having to worry about cable modems, cable modem rents, or being tied into anyone's last mile of gravy train what with there being no last mile of anything that's controlled by a few cable monopolies to worry about.

Chipman, Do you even take the time to fact check your Fake News!

March 1, 2019 | 11:29 AM - Posted by chipman (not verified)

"But 5G is for Mobile Usage where wires can not esily be made use of on any moving recievers that pretty much do not remain in one place very long."

Nobody cares about watching UHD movies on the tiny screen of their junkphone in 4|5G while sh!tting in the wood.

"So now the cable monopoly's last mile of troll bridges can be bypassed over the airwaves by anyone with access to the 5G backhaul connected base stations and that's loads of providors there compared to the single cable monopoly in some areas."

Cable is only widespread in the US but not in the EU which explains why telecommunications are way more expensive in the US.

The cable monopoly won't be hit by the 4|5G since the radiocommunication can't go through skyscrapers.

Knowing the fact that american are mostly urban, the biggest telecommunication operators chose to deploy wired networks, particularly cable networks developed by american companies while EU chose ADSL developed by european companies.

I'm afraid americans have to get rid of their cable networks (at least the longest lines) to lower operating cost in order to lower telecommunications prices.

Actually, US telecommunication operators are too fat to be competitive and the breakage of Bell fall short when many Baby Bells merged.

IMHO, the US should make an antitrust law to prevent monopolies and financial bubbles by limiting the total asset owned by one company including subsidiaries.

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