5G in the USA: Where We at With Mobile?
Following earnings reports this week, we now know more about AT&T and Verizon's 5G deployment plans for the second half of 2018, and where each of the two largest US wireless operators stands on firing up true mobile services using the next-generation technology.
So let's take a look at the map and the stats:
Red flags indicate AT&T, blue for Verizon, magenta for T-Mobile and yellow for Sprint. Expand the map to see a larger version and the carriers' overlapping cities.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) What: Mobile 5G using the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio (NR) standard, with fixed 5G in trials Where: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, Waco and six other unnamed markets by the end of 2018 When: Late 2018 Frequencies: AT&T hasn't confirmed yet but 39GHz is widely rumored Suppliers (known so far): Qualcomm Devices: A mobile "puck" 5G "hotspot" Anticipated download speeds: 1 Gbit/s (fixed, per trials) Capex plan for 2018:$22 billion (anticipated)
- AT&T Expects Mobile 5G in 'Parts' of 12 Markets by Year's End
- AT&T Adds Trio of New Cities for 5G Launch in 2018
- AT&T's BCE Keynote: 5G & SDN Worlds Colliding
Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) What: Mobile 5G using the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio (NR) standard Where: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. When: First half of 2019 Frequencies: 2.5GHz Suppliers (known so far): Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Qualcomm Devices: Smartphones Anticipated download speeds: 250-300 Mbit/s (mobile) Capex plan for 2018: $5-6 billion
- Sprint Reveals 3 More 5G Cities, Promises 'Cool' 5G Phone & Small Cell
- Sprint Teams Up with Cox to Boost Spectrum With Fiber
- Sprint Says No to mmWave, Yes to Mobile 5G
T-Mobile US Inc. What: Mobile 5G using the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio (NR) standard Where: Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City and 26 other cities When: 2019-20 Frequencies: 600MHz, 28GHz, 39GHz Suppliers (known so far): Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm Devices: Smartphones Anticipated download speeds: 100-200 Mbit/s (mobile) Capex plan for 2018: $4.9-5.3 billion
- Nokia Reels In $3.5B 5G Deal With T-Mobile US
- T-Mobile to Roll Out 5G in 30 US Cities in 2018
- T-Mobile Promises 'Nationwide' 5G in 2020 With New Spectrum
Verizon Wireless What: Fixed 5G using its home-grown 5GTF spec first, with mobile 5G using the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio (NR) standard as soon as possible in 2019 Where: Houston, Los Angeles, and Sacremento with one more market to follow in 2018 When: Second half of 2018 Frequencies: 28GHz Suppliers (known so far): Ericsson, Samsung, Qualcomm Devices: 5G customer premises equipment and home routers, smartphones (with mobile 5G) Anticipated download speeds: 1 Gbit/s (fixed) Capex plan for 2018: $17-17.8 billion
- Verizon Confirms Mobile 5G in 'Early' 2019
- Verizon Reveals Third 5G City, as Revenue Climbs 5.4% in Q2
- Ericsson & Samsung to Supply Verizon With Fixed 5G Gear
What does this mean in the real world?
As AT&T alluded to on its 2nd quarter call, even as mobile services launch, they are unlikely to be available in anything but "parts" of the announced markets -- thanks to the short coverage ranges of the millimeter wave technology ranges -- and compatible devices are likely to be short supply a (See Millimeter Wave 5G: The Usain Bolt of Wireless?)
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading