The 5G is here, but not all the 5G is the same, there is the 5G millimeter wave, which is very fast, but can barely cover wide areas and penetrating buildings, and the taste of the "sub-6GHz" frequency of 5G It can be more easily implemented using the existing spectrum.
And now, Verizon and T-Mobile are publicly admitting something that anyone could have predicted: good luck getting the fastest version of 5G unless you live in an urban metropolitan area.
"We must all remind ourselves that this is not a spectrum of coverage," Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said on Tuesday to analysts on the company's earnings visit for the first quarter of 2019, just one day later. That the T-Mobile CTO, Neville Ray, criticized Verizon's 5G implementation as one that "would never reach rural America."
"The millimeter wave spectrum (mmWave) has great potential in terms of speed and capacity, but does not travel far from the cell site and does not penetrate materials at all." It will never be materially extended beyond small pockets of 5G access points in dense urban environments, "Ray wrote, which is probably one of the reasons why we could barely find Verizon's 5G network the day it was launched in Chicago.
Mind you, T-Mobile has some ulterior motives to destroy Verizon here.First, the operator delayed its 5G launch until the second half of 2019, with the excuse (actually quite convincing in retrospect!) that it's too early to launch a 5G network when there are no compatible phones.Second, T-Mobile is still trying to convince US regulators that it must be able to merge with Sprint to compete significantly in 5G, particularly now that it is unlikely that the agreement will be approved as proposed.
And Verizon had already suggested to The Verge that he might not spend the money to bring the fastest 5G to everyone: "Our ambition is great … that does not mean we're going to cover every corner of the country with a millimeter wave, "Verizon network director Nikki Palmer told me in December, when I wrote about how AT & T and Verizon planned to surprise themselves with speed before trying to go further with" sub-6 "5G.
"We will do it in terms of the economy, of course, it is sustainable," said Vestberg yesterday.
Verizon says it now has several mmWave phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G; a rumored Galaxy Note, mocked, but not previously confirmed; and the LG V50 ThinQ.