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DanJones
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DanJones,
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4/22/2016 | 5:01:45 PM
Re: a different take on 5G fixed wireless
I think it's safe to say that wireless will never be as fast as the fastest wires. I wouldn't like to predict how fast 5G will be in actual loaded networks yet, too soon to say.
Bruce Kushnick
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Bruce Kushnick,
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4/22/2016 | 3:05:30 PM
a different take on 5G fixed wireless
I have a different take. Around 2010, Verizon started diverting the wireline capx budgets of the state utilities  to fund the wires to the cell towers -- and not wire the cities with fiber. And this was tied to Lowell McAdam, formerly CEO of wireless to the new Verizon CEO...

This helped to make the local networks look unprofitable as the wireless company wasn't paying for infrastructure build outs and made wireless very profitable. Verizon  used this to claim they should 'shut off the copper', and not do the upgrades to fiber throughout the East coast.

It helps to close down the unions and block competition who are tied to the copper and can't migrate to fiber in areas where there is FiOS.

They also created a division of the wires where special access services was moved so that there was no accounting of the revenues or even access lines. -- and these hidden networks are now the basis of Verizon Wireless infrastructure.


So, 5g will never do the 1 gig speeds as promised -- 4G was to be at 100 mbps and averages 10mbps with a strong wind. And this is fixed wireless so while shutting off the copper and claiming it is unprofitable (even though the FCC found 60% of the special access services was based on 'mostly copper' and highly profitable—using the exact same copper wires) -- and they will shut off whole areas of cities' wires, especially rural areas-- to make more money from the wireless services. Moreover,  Verizon Wireless is not a union shop, mostly, and this also kills off competitors who rely on the copper and aren't allowed on whatever fiber is around.

The other wireless companies will pay multiples to use these networks--as is the case today, and whole areas of the US will not get 5 G if it's 'fixed' -- as it requires 'densification' -- There will be no direct competitor to the cable wires as is the case today in most of America-- FiOS is in about 50% at best, and wireless is not regulated the same way so basics, like an inexpensive utility service for say alarms circuits, will not be around, and the 'quaity of service' rules will be relaxed.
steve q
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steve q,
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4/22/2016 | 5:32:29 AM
Re: Told you so!
But with the issue of them selling off the Florida states it will be hard for Verizon wireless to push 5g hotspot. Why do they not use there try to use FiOS data customer when they put FiOS into Boston Ma. When they build out the fiber hubs they can place fiber antenna that will provide the need data speed for the hotspots and business can use those to provide service to those customers in the location. Then hoping for 5g that most customer do not even own a 5g device.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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4/21/2016 | 4:44:02 PM
Enterprise down
Enterprise business decline is interesting. Where does that end up, I wonder? Will Verizon do as previously rumored and divest its enterprise business?

DanJones
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DanJones,
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4/21/2016 | 1:00:30 PM
Re: Told you so!
Well, Lowell McAdam *did* reportedly say they would have commercial 5G in 2017. But I've never known him not to be overly-optimistic with launch schedules, to put it mildly.
cnwedit
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cnwedit,
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4/21/2016 | 12:49:39 PM
Re: Told you so!
Glad they finally got their message sync'ed with your reporting, Dan!

 
DanJones
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DanJones,
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4/21/2016 | 12:36:20 PM
Told you so!
I reported that Verizon was looking at fixed for 5G first back in November. I've also been speaking with Verizon today (story coming soon), one thing to understand is that Verizon, just like any other operator, can try to speed up the development curve of 5G, which they are definitely trying to, but there's only much that can be done. The miniturization of the technology so that it can be used in mobile devices is difficult and ongoing.

Of course, Verizon is going to do fixed and hotspot-type stuff first. Did anyone really think they were going to speed so far ahead of the industry and be out with a 5G phone in 2017? It'll be like 4G was, routers/hotspot type stuff first, then modem cards etc. 

 


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