Yes, they are always glad to inform the public about their intentions to raid the market with wireless 5G networks and devices. When T-Mobile launched its 5G service last year, it said it had already set up 25,000 new towers that would provide 5G services to more than 200 million PoPs.
However, it refused to disclose the exact locations of these sites or how many 5G sites it has deployed. It shows there are some secrets the company would prefer hidden, rather than letting it out.
CTIA, which is a lobbyist for carriers in the U.S., predicted that around 800,000 small cells would be needed in the country by 2026 to make the service significant in the country.
However, individual companies do not want to reveal where they have installed or setup their 5G sites or how many they have launched.
Companies protecting their competitive edge
After a series of persuasions to Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T, they all declined to comment on the number of 5G sites they have launched.
The refusal of these companies is not a surprise in the industry, given that they want to remain as competitive as ever. For them, they may be giving themselves up when they share such information for their competitors to gasp.
A look at small cells
MoffettNathanson investment analysts researched to find out the number of deployed small cells in some of the country’s biggest cities.
The researchers got data from about 15 different small cell locations across Cincinnati, Sacramento, Houston, Chicago, Boston, and New York.
They acknowledged that there might be few errors on the data gathered, and the findings may not reveal everything about the workings of small cell networks. However, they made a few findings that that is relatively closer to what is currently one ground.
In the research, Verizon had already launched 391 small cells across Sacramento. Out of this number, 118 were for 4G services only, while 273 of them are currently used for 5G. The researchers also saw the challenge Verizon will face when scaling the 5G network via the primary millimeter wave spectrum.
But the main question is not whether the wireless provider is capable of making the 5G technology operational under such conditions. The main concern is the acceptable return on such a considerable investment. According to the researchers, the long term capital returns on the investment is not guaranteed.
Surprisingly, Dish Network, which cannot be termed a wireless network player, has revealed fascinating things about Greenfield 5G plans.
Dish has earlier reached a settlement with the government to allow spring and T-mobile to make about 20,000 cell sites available to Dish. On the other hand, Dish has begun its project that would see the deployment of a 5G network to about 70% of the United States population before the end of 2023.
The project would hinge mainly on the outcome of the court decision on the merger of both Sprint and T-Mobile.
Carriers still unwilling to share availability information
In truth, these carriers have been widely criticized for the high level of hype they’ve placed on 5G capability without providing actual availability figures. AT&T is facing criticism for overstating its 5G availability via phony 5G phone icons.
Verizon launched its 5G network and received some condemnation for being fast but scarcely available. These companies continue to hype the presence and speed of 5G technology without providing the actual statistics on availability.
According to industry experts, knowing the availability figures will be necessary to gauge the future performance of the network and its related devices.
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