Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg: The 5G Revolution and Separate 5G Standards?

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg has warned that a lack of trust among telcos could lead to separate standards being set for 5G networks.  The assumption here was that Huawei would implement one type of 5G standard with rest of the world implementing another.  That would be very bad Vestberg said, just as the CDMA and GSM specifications split the cellular industry during development of 3G standards.

“If there are going to be different 5G global standards, it will impact the whole telecom industry,” he said.  “Right now, 5G is defined as a standard and everybody has agreed to it… 6G is probably coming in 7 or 8 years from now,” Vestberg said.

Vestberg’s comments came at Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York.  It was in a response to a question about whether U.S. security concerns about China’s telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies were justified, as that company has emerged as the leader in 5G technologies.  The Verizon CEO declined to comment on possible security issues regarding Huawei Technologies.

However, he said that if trust – among the various technologies’ developers, and the nations that would use them – is lost, the consequence might be that different 5G providers would devise different standards.

–>We view such a statement as remarkable, if not outrageous, since Verizon does not send a representative to attend ITU-R WP5D meetings where the ONLY 5G radio standard- IMT 2020- is being progressed. Not once during this Yahoo interview did Vestberg say “IMT 2020.”

You can watch the video of the Vestberg interview here.

“The 5G technology is ultimately one of the most important infrastructures for the 21st century,” said Vestberg. “If we go back to – some of you might remember – the CDMA and GSM age, that really was not good.”  “The tech development is moving fast, software improvements are quick.  We are going to see an extraordinary impact from 5G in the next couple of years.  Verizon plans to have 5G coverage in 14 NFL stadiums,” he added.

Verizon Communications chief executive Hans Vestberg interviewed during the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York on Thursday. Photo: Invision via AP

Verizon Communications chief executive Hans Vestberg interviewed during the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York on Thursday. Photo: Invision via AP

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About the Yahoo All Markets Summit:

The theme of Yahoo’s All Markets Summit on 10/10/2019 in New York is Generational Opportunities. We are living in a time of profound generational change and young people today are informed by new trends like diversity and inclusion, political resets, economic dislocation and technological change like no generation before. Understanding and managing this change is essential for businesses and leaders, as the implications on all constituencies, including shareholders, customers and employees is critical. For additional information or questions please email AMS@YAHOOFINANCE.COM.

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References:

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/verizon-ceo-warns-against-separate-173849596.html

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/verizon-ceo-hans-vestberg-5g-154910283.html  (video of Vestberg interview)

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3032434/verizon-ceo-warns-against-separate-5g-standards (seems to be a copy of the 1st reference)

 

4 thoughts on “Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg: The 5G Revolution and Separate 5G Standards?

  1. Verizon on the 8 pillars (AKA currencies) of 5G:

    What makes 5G networks so special compared to previous cellular networks? There are eight performance attributes, or currencies, to be considered when evaluating whether a 5G network can deliver on its full potential. Without all eight of these currencies, you don’t have a true 5G network. With them, you have a powerful, game-changing platform for innovation. And that’s what Verizon is building.

    1. Throughput

    Verizon has taken its award-winning 4G network to new heights, reaching:

    • 953 Mbps in a real-world environment, using 4G LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)1

    • 1.45 Gbps in 4G LTE Advanced in six-channel carrier aggregation2

    5G has the potential to deliver speeds many times faster than today’s 4G, powering uses such as intelligent video, remote diagnostics and mobile command centers for live audio and video.

    5G networks will one day offer peak data rates of up to 10 Gbps. So far, Verizon 5G Home has demonstrated speeds of 600 to 800 Mbps downlink and 250 Mbps uplink in third-party testing.3

    2. Service deployment

    Network virtualization (i.e., using software to perform network functions) enables service and application deployment without having to install additional hardware. This will lead to a reduction in typical service deployment time from 6 months to 90 minutes. Faster deployment times means we can roll out new features and security improvements quickly.

    3. Mobility

    5G technology is designed to enable devices that are travelling up to 500 kph (310 mph) to stay connected to the network.4 We’ve tested 5G network handoff techniques to enable passengers in fast-moving vehicles and trains to stay connected while they are moving.

    4. Connected devices

    The number of connected devices will be more than three times the global population by 2022.5 5G will be capable of supporting up to 1 M devices in a square kilometer.6 Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband will eventually handle 10 to 100 times more connected devices per square kilometer than 4G.7 This will allow cities to tap into the power of 5G for things like smart streetlights, remote security monitoring, intelligent rail and smart parking solutions.

    5. Energy efficiency

    Sustainability is one of Verizon’s core values. With 5G, complex functions could happen within the network, near the end user.8 That means the end user’s device may not need as much processing capability and could consume less energy.

    6. Data volume

    The 5G standard is designed to support up to 10 TB/s/km2.9 This means that a 5G network can carry a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. So users in high-density areas—like airports, stadiums and urban areas—will all experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service.

    7. Latency

    5G’s rapid end-to-end latency (the time it takes for data to travel from the user, over the network to the central processor and back again) will be one of the drivers of true technological change, bringing data transit speed to many times less than the blink of an eye.

    All kinds of new applications become possible once you reach very low levels of latency, including:

    • Immersive extended reality (XR), combining augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR)

    • Autonomous driving

    • Computer vision

    • Haptics-enabled tactile internet

    • Robotics

    To provide a comparison, 4G LTE networks currently offer latency in the realm of 40 to 50 ms.10 Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband should eventually offer less than 10 ms end-to-end response times.11

    8. Reliability

    Verizon offers the most reliable 4G LTE network in the nation. We’ve been #1 in overall network performance in the U.S. 11 times in a row.12 And we are bringing that same expertise and focus as we architect and build our 5G network.

    https://www.verizonwireless.com/business/articles/business/5g-network-performance-attributes/
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    vs only 2 currencies (speed and throughput) for 4G-LTE

  2. Not once during the Yahoo interview did Vestberg mention “IMT 2020” or ITU or 3GPP. Only that “there is a 5G standard which everybody agrees to.”

    He implied that Huawei was building 5G base stations and endpoints based on their own standard/spec which is not true. However, there will be a distinct version of IMT 2020 for China as that countries IMT 2020 RIT proposal has been progressed by ITU-R WP5D at its last meeting (July 2019 in Brazil).

  3. Verizon realizes 5G target for 2019:
    Verizon announced it has reached its goal of bringing its Ultra Wideband 5G service to 30 cities this year with the addition of select parts of Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, along with Hampton Roads, Va., bringing the telecom’s total to 31 markets and 15 pro football stadiums. The rollout of the millimeter-wave based service includes Columbus’ airport and a number of shopping centers in Virginia.

    https://venturebeat.com/2019/12/23/verizons-5g-network-covers-parts-of-31-cities-matching-2019-goal/
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/23/21034905/verizon-5g-network-coverage-31-cities-goal

  4. Verizon wants to become the first carrier to use its 5G network to connect 1 million drone flights

    Verizon believes drones present a growth opportunity for its budding 5G network and aims to be the first carrier to connect 1 million 5G drones flights. Verizon has targeted drone connectivity since October 2016, when it first announced its intention to sell wireless data plans for the emerging technology.

    Just a few months later, the company deepened its commitment to the drones by purchasing drone operation company Skyward. Now, the telecom sees the segment as a potential core revenue stream for its 5G network, which is now available in 31 markets following the launch in April 2019.

    A 5G network like Verizon’s can boost the utility of drones in a number of ways:

    5G will enable drones to transmit high-definition footage in real-time. 5G’s millisecond latency and data speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G allows drones to transmit high-quality footage to operators on the ground. This enables drones to be used for functions like infrastructure safety inspections, where the drone operator must be able to see patches of rust or smalls cracks, for instance.
    Drones with a 5G connection can use AI to more efficiently complete complicated tasks. The ability to quickly transmit data enables drones to be enhanced with AI and outperform drones with a 4G connection. For example, a drone with computer vision can rapidly scan items in a warehouse and recognize patterns, which can improve efficiency and free up human workers to do more complicated tasks.
    5G’s low latency will enable precise tracking of drone fleets. As more drones begin to fly, stricter monitoring is needed to ensure they don’t drift into restricted areas or crash, causing property damage or injuries. 5G’s low latency can minimize lag so operators can avoid collisions and better coordinate takeoffs and landings.
    Drones present telecoms with a data-intensive application to catalyze subscriptions for their 5G networks. Drone adoption is growing fast among consumers and businesses. In the US alone, the FAA expects almost 800,000 nonmodel aircraft to be registered in 2022, up from 277,000 at the end of 2018 — faster growth than initially anticipated.

    Telecoms can take advantage by selling 5G data plans for drones and even forging exclusive deals with drone makers to develop 5G-ready drones, giving customers another way to engage with their 5G networks. Telecoms have been searching for alternative ways to connect users to their networks as global smartphone sales have been stagnating for almost two full years.

    Given the significant investment telecoms are making in their 5G networks, providing a diversified pool of potential devices will allow them to capture the largest slice of consumers and more quickly recoup their investments.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/verizon-highlights-5g-drone-opportunity-2019-12?

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