Slideshow5G Report Card for August: 100 Announced Devices, 39 Operators Globally

Source: GSA
Source: GSA

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8/13/2019 | 7:45:16 PM
What versions of 5G have been deployed/announced? 5G silicon?
After downloading and reading the GSA report, I noticed a huge omission: the version of 5G is not disclosed for any of the "pre-IMT 2020 standard 5G" deployments.  Most are likely to be based on 3GPP release 15 "5G NR" for the data plane NSA (LTE signaling and EPC).  However, many of the 5G fixed wireless deployments (like Verizon's and C-Spire) are proprietary.

Also of note is that within the 5G devices, there are only four 5G silicon vendors – Qualcomm is by far the largest selling 5G SoC's/IP, then Mediatek selling on the merchant market, whereas Huawei and Samsung design their own silicon for their 5G terminals/handsets and base stations.

Note while there is not yet any "Intel inside" 5G, Intel has sold its 5G smartphone modem silicon business to Apple recently for $1B. 

If 5G were truly such a hot market, why aren't there other semiconductor vendors pursuing it?