Korea telecom capital spending 230Verizon only covers small parts of two cities with 5G, far under 1% of the population. The massive promotion has convinced many they are an early leader. They refuse to provide coverage maps or data. The three Koreans, Swisscom and probably Sprint have the only extensive coverage. So I'm sending a simple set of questions to all who announce deployments. Update 5/28 BT also pulled ahead of Verizon & AT&T, covering 8% of towers, about 1,000. 

About how many people can buy your service? About how many cells are working?  Can you estimate for 6 months from now and for three or four years from now? Do you offer a coverage map?

The three Koreans - SK, KT, LG - prove extensive coverage. Each covers about half the country with a year-end target of 90%, using a total of over 60,000 cells.. 

dave ask

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Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

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