|UK's Three Strikes Out? 5G depends on Plug N Play mmWave to produce only 80Mbps. Wait, What?|
OR: How many UK 'yoofs' does it take to screw in a dimbulb.
OR Look ma! No Tools Required !
From the OVUM Consulting dotPDF attachment to today's PR it appears Samsung is the hardware source.
But two glaring .... ahem.... features stand out
- Plug N Play
Folks, this is mmWave FWA aka BWA cable-rated wireless depending on point-to-point microwave.
Do Londoners have cats? How about pigeons? How about rain and fog?
Fer friggin' Holiness Cryin' out loud !!!
Did Hutchinson Wampoa and its Three division not notice what Google's GooWi and GooFi learned? Or AT&T and BigRed before that? Do they think we're stupid?
So, what's really going on here? Why are they risking bankruptcy on this EXCLUSIVE mmWave technology deployment?
First, I don't believe they are stupid.
Second, I therefore deduce they are taking a bold risk that LTE-A PRO can fill in as fallback and CBRS will add to the bandwidth as it comes available. They are doing exactly what I proposed long ago and beginning the re-marketing of 5G by lowering expectations to wherein LTE-A PRO aka 4.5/4.9G is 'good enough'.
Third, I expect they made a PLAN waaay back around the Olympics 2018 to accept both the tech guarantees and the financial guarantees aka subsidies to be a first adopter.
Yeeeeup. I just implied its a charade, a gambit of Marketing.
They are taking a CPE hardware device that has mmWave capability with high LTE-A PRO aka 4.5/4.9G also as both fallback and... ahem... steady-state up/downlink utilizing TDD and FDD-LTE from omni-directional transmitters.... and they are calling that 5G service because they can.
It is low-end 5G or really just 4.5/4.9G service but what the heck. 80Mbps.
H3ll our own module for CBRS on 3.5Ghz at Linkem was performing that four years ago in Italy (under best case conditions).
Soooo keep a stiff upper lip and all that rot.
- Our 3.5Ghz Partner in UK News: Three's Broadband 'Toy' Gets Set for 5G Push previously sold connectivity under the Relish brand
Three's Broadband 'Toy' Gets Set for 5G Push Iain Morris, International Editor 5/3/2019
Next to Three, with its 5,400 employees and 13.2 million customers, UK Broadband -- which has previously sold connectivity under the Relish brand -- does indeed look toy-like... UK Broadband claims to be the country's biggest commercial owner of spectrum suitable for FWA and 4G mobile technology, with 124MHz in the 3.5GHz and 3.6GHz bands. Additional licenses cover the 3.9GHz, 28GHz and 40GHz bands, says the company.
The barrier is the investment that would be needed to extend coverage. "It is very capital intensive to build sites," says Singleton. In the very busiest areas, a single site could in theory support several hundred customers over mid-band airwaves. ...
- Is 4/5G 'Evo' Good Enough? POTUS hubris - forgetting to feed the kittens of 5G
Herding cats is tough business, what with the scratches and LOLing.
The answer is clear to the dry-eyed and the sober: fully develop and deploy 4G to fulfill all the latest and best of it and leave EDGE and mmWave to deploy at a later date as it ripens.
Re-name and re-market LTE-Pro Advanced as 4/5G 'Evo' and just move on, letting the dogs bark at the kittens. And those dogs are exactly what POTUS needs right now: snapping, barking, frothing shepherding dogs.
That's the next 'come to POTUS' meeting that needs to be held.
China can wait.
The message: Perfection is the Enemy of Progress (and 4/5G Evo).
Existing POPs can service 4/5G 'Evo' just fine and the super-low latency 5G applications just aren't a ripened market.
This is a unique moment in which profiting NOW also means better security NOW.
U.K.’s Three to roll out 5G mobile and fixed wireless service across 25 markets in 2019
by Kendra Chamberlain | Jun 10, 2019 ... Three said its 5G mobile network will deliver peak mobile speeds twice as fast as other mobile network operators in the region. It also said its home broadband service will be “plug-and-play” for customers and will offer speeds “comparable to fiber."..
Need for speed: Three to launch the UK’s fastest 5G network in August
Following successful trials with customers in London, Three UK has today announced it will launch 5G in August with a 5G home broadband service in London....
Three’s 5G home broadband customers will also benefit from the simplicity of plugging a hub into the wall to immediately become connected, without lengthy engineer wait times or a long-term contract. This ‘plug and play’ 5G service is set to offer comparable speeds to fibre, while offering more flexibility and better value for money...
... Three UK is hoping to eclipse mobile rival EE by committing to launch a 5G home (fixed wireless access) broadband service in London in August, before rolling out 5G-based mobile and home broadband offerings in 25 towns and cities across the UK before the end of the year. In its 5G launch last month, EE committed to switch on 5G services in just six UK cities. Three is positioning its home broadband offer as a credible alternative to fiber-based broadband, offering as it does the opportunity for customers to set themselves up with a decent new connection without the need for an engineer callout -- Three's mobile broadband hub just plugs into a standard home electrical socket.
... .KEY MESSAGES • 5G-FWA's mmWave performance is comparable to or better than existing fiber-based products. This makes it a plausible substitute to wired broadband. 5G-FWA is as fast or faster than existing fiber-based products. Ovum has witnessed speeds of 1–3Gbps in live commercial trials with limited customer numbers. We expect large-scale deployment to be able to consistently support speeds of 80–100Mbps, which is better than many existing fiber-based connections...
Three to launch 5G service in August
Three will launch its first 5G network this August in London, before extending it to 25 other UK towns and cities before the end of the year. The telecoms company will kick off with a home broadband service in the capital but is also launching mobile services. ...
Three to launch "UK's fastest 5G network" this August
Three UK has announced it will launch its 5G network this August in London. In a press release Android Authority received via email, Three said it would initially launch its 5G network as a home broadband service, before rolling out home and mobile broadband options in 25 towns and cities by the end of 2019... As for the network itself, Three suggests peak mobile speeds on its 5G network will be twice as fast as the competition, as well as providing a “more reliable connection and experience.” Three claims it can offer this with support from 140MHz of newly acquired 5G spectrum, which includes a 100MHz contiguous block... Three’s acquisition of a 100MHz contiguous network block was controversial, though U.K. regulations authority Ofcom said it didn’t give the company an unfair advantage. Helpful as it may be, Android Authority’s resident technical writer Rob Triggs tends to agree that it’s not the be-all-and-end-all in the quest for superior 5G connectivity...