Verizon’s 5G network is now live and is only half what we hope for it
VERIZON CLAIMS ULTRA FAST 5G SPEEDS ON ITS BRAND-NEW NETWORK
By Daniel Su | Jan-3rd , 2020
Verizon's new 5G network -- it only launched Wednesday in Minneapolis and part of downtown Chicago and -- is also a lot like using 4G.
Many news media also claims Moto Z3 and its 5G Mod took the same time to do things in 4G as it did with the 5G logo lit up, or that Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband just wasn't working. Neither one is a good look for a network boasting to be the world's first live 5G network.
5G is supposed positioned to revolutionize the industry, increase data connections from 10 to 100 times the current 4G speeds and enable a host of new uses, like self driving car navigation , distance surgery and smart city’s tools such as traffic lights talk to one another to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Verizon just turning on 5G earlier than its April 11 as target date, which the carrier's belief that acting quickly and aggressively in 5G will give its network, already the largest in the US, a first-mover advantage. 5G, the next-generation wireless technology, is widely championed as the cure to leggy data connections and slow phone download speeds.
5G is a brand-new technology had been developed many years ago which will be stumbling blocks, rough edges and prone to pitfalls. Verizon has promised that it'll cover parts of 30 cities with 5G speeds by the end of 2019 and has been very clear about the limited coverage areas. While 5G comes online for the first time in one city which is Chicago, Verizon network engineers will also expand coverage late.
5G speeds are also expected to easily top 4G, gaining momentum as carriers build out their 5G networks over time. 5G isn't just one way to be approach. There are many way can be approaches. AT&T 5G technologies used Sub-6. Millimeter wave (mmWave). AT&T also has even received many complained of "fake 5G." which they name as 5G evolution.
On the other hand, Verizon's 5G network uses the 39GHz and 28GHz bands for mmWave to bring 1GHz of bandwidth on average nationally.
MOTO Z3 WITH 5G MOTO MOD
By Daniel Su | Jan-2nd , 2020
Verizon 5G service is a $10 premium over the regular plan, but your first three months are free
Motorola and Verizon have a special partner relationship, but a decade from now when we look back on the first group or amount of 5G phones, the Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod won't go down in history like Motorola's achievement for making the first cellular call over 45 years ago.
Verizon now offer the Moto Z3 is on sale now at $240 (usually $480) and the Moto Mod is also on sale now at $200 (usually $350) in which you have to have a Z3 on your account to buy it.
Moto Z3 it is a mid-range mobile device that is able to channel Verizon's 5G network through the power of a bulky and solid antenna and the internal modem inside the 5G Moto Mod, which is sold separately.
The Mod has only 4 antennas and infrared sensors to signal the right antenna to accept signal and you need to avoid by not blocking any of the others with your hands and fingers.
Verizon mentioned If customer’s 5G device is within line of sight, it should receive Verizon's fastest data speeds. Verizon says to expect "typical speeds of 450Mbps, with peak speeds of nearly 1Gbps, and latency less than 30 milliseconds."
After positioned a few feet away from the 5G node, the large on-screen icon cry out suddenly on the Verizon's 5G network switch from one effect back and forth from 4G to 5G. It may be had to do was move the phone or look at it wrong and the 5G UWB (Ultra Wideband) a badge would flicker away.
There is a group of troubleshooting engineers from Verizon, Motorola, Qualcomm and Ericsson (which makes the networking infrastructure gear) which apparently the 5G equipment node was acting up. It didn't get much better from there.
REAL-WORLD FAILURES BUT FAST BENCH-MARKING SPEEDS
We saw saw theoretical download speeds around 600 megabits per second. Other times, the download would start strong, the phone would flutter rapidly to show the 4G logo, and speeds would plummet. And still other times, the 5G logo was on, but speeds fell in between the two network back and forth.
DOWNLOADING A LARGE FILE IN REAL 5G WORLD TEST A:
On the outside Motorola HQ which was finally able to try our first real-world test: downloading the popular mobile game. It's a large near 2GB file, which took roughly 6 minutes to download with the 5G icon going strong. Then when we uninstalled the app, took off the Mod to ensure 4G LTE speeds only, reinstalled it over data and... it took exactly the same time. Verizon said Uplink is the same on both 5G and 4G networks.
DOWNLOADING A STREAMING VIDEO SHOW IN REAL 5G WORLD TEST B:
The major scenario for the 5G dream is being able to download entire seasons of Amazon video from the time you walk down the airplane to the time you settle into your seat. Downloading a bunch of photos or a big presentation before you're forced to go offline.
VERIZON HAD 3 BIG UNACCEPTABLE PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE FIX SOON.
Chicago 5G demo was a disaster of a launch today, Verizon became the one of the first in line with "real" 5G network in the world, but at what cost? While the 5G speed tests worked in some locations, real downloads weren't any faster, even when standing directly beneath a node. We found 3 things went majorly wrong.
THE 5G ICON FLICKERING PROBLEM.
Many hours after our testing day was done, Verizon mentioned that the 5G logo will only turns on when customer actually using 5G network. Therefore, switching rapidly between the two different network logos is a indication that the 5G network is engaged. It go back to the 4G network logo any other time.
When 4G strike in during speed tests, the downlink speeds on the screen fell sharply, in line with 4G speeds. If 5G returned while the test ran, speeds picked up which doesn't fall in line with the engineers' explanation from Verizon.
Here is the solution we believe: Verizon needs a 5G icon endure over a prolonged period as just like the 4G icon now -- so people know they can access those speeds. Otherwise why would consumers paying $10 a month more for?
WHEN THE MOTO MOD WAS DOWN WHEN NO ONE CAN TELL FROM IT
Problem is Motorola only designed the 5G case add on Mod build in 2,000mAh battery.
The mobile phone display had a battery indicator on the screen, but that's for the mobile phone itself but they forget to add another visual meter showing the MOTO 5G Mod's battery life. There is, however, a notification that appears, along with all your other notifications.
Motorola also mentioned it shows customers a temporary notification on the home screen that the battery life on the 5G Mod is out of juice. Maybe we looked away when it flashed.
We believe having a dead Mod suck power from your phone's battery isn't the right direction, at least not without your permission. If 5G add on case Mod dies, no big deal, you can live with 4G speeds. But if your phone dies as a result of adding the power to 5G, then you're really in problems.
Here is the solution we believe: Motorola needs in better communication. They need add 2nd battery indicator for the 5G Mod on the 4G phone display is a must add on feature, and it's got to stand out as distinct from the phone's battery indicator. Also, any future 5G Mod needs to offer to share battery if you have plenty of battery juice to spare.
VERIZON'S QUICK MOVEMENT TOWARD 5G
In its rush to be first to 5G, Verizon appears to have thrown its hands up and hoped for the best. The absolute 5G breakdown and embarrassment of this day will pass. Verizon is playing a long time vision. And there is an advantage to rolling out 5G first.
However, on-the-spot troubleshooting doesn't make Verizon look particularly capable, even if a massive amount of technical skill and planning went into the deployment. It would have been better to wait a week, for a better showing.
Here is the solution we believe: Verizon can throw resources with big of money and people at working on its 5G mistakes before the potential customers pay extra monthly 5G service fee for irregular and unreliable 5G network.
Verizon should be prepared to not charge extra fee to the early adopters for uneven 5G service as a reward for sticking through what's almost guaranteed to be some violently times.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU AS CONSUMER
We can't speak for the people who testing Verizon's 5G launch in Minneapolis, but this experience in Chicago underscores the big road ahead for 5G. The new technology isn't unique in having a rough start. The same happened when we transitioned from 3G to 4G. It's par for the course.
Any 5G Networks and phone brands need to make it crystal clear when you're receiving 5G and when you're not. We still excited about 5G once the carriers work out big kinks. But we can't suggested a 5G phone in the near future based on this experience.
Before consumer want join the 5G network revolution, please think carefully about your options. Review a 5G coverage map that your service provider provided. Do the homework to see how much more it will cost. Look into what's down the road. Qualcomm has a smaller chip for 2019's 5G phones that will make the Mod and even the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 phone obsolete. 2nd Gen 5G Phones, too, will get cheaper over time. Today marked an very memorable look at our 5G future. But it's not the 5G future any of us we deserves.