Clayton Harris from Houston, Texas, had from his Internet provider, the nose. The service of cable Provider Comcast has not delivered the desired speed, which he needed for his home work as an engineer and be networked in the home constantly.

By coincidence, Harris was offered an Alternative: The U.S. mobile operator Verizon was looking for a field trial to customers who want to try out the fifth generation of mobile communications 5G. Three months ago, the 5G was put Router in house of Harris in the Houston Heights in operation, Harris became the first commercial 5G-customer in the United States.

At the CES electronics exhibition, Harris reported to the Keynote speech by Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg of his first 5G experience. “To me, the reliability of the service is especially important because I work from home,” he said on a crisp, video conference circuit. “And it’s pretty fast.”

in Order to convince the audience at CES, has launched Harris a speed test. “690 megabits per second”, and finally on the Monitor. “I can reach sometimes values of up to 1.3 gigabits/s”. Although this is significantly less than the theoretically possible ten Gigabit/s (10,000 Mbit/s), but much faster than the previous cable connection. For comparison: An average Internet connection in Germany comes to close to 12 Megabit/s.

The higher the data speed is just one aspect of 5G: “It’s about much more than the ability to a ninety-minute Film in the future within ten seconds on his mobile phone,” said Vestberg. 5G is no longer bound to mass events such as major sports events to the previous restrictions of 3G and 4G, but offer a data throughput of up to 10 terabits per second and square kilometers, about a thousand times more than was previously possible.

in addition, 5G is able to produce on such a surface, the connection for about one Million devices. This is important if, for example, in a large port terminal, many items in the “Internet of things” are networked. Vestberg also pointed to the environmental benefits of 5G, the need to only ten percent of the power requirements of 4G.

Finally, Vestberg pointed to the significantly lower running times of the data. In the best of 4G networks we achieved a latency of between 50 and 100 milliseconds. In a 5G deceleration will be reduced this time to 10 milliseconds. “Each application with Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality is required, the latency of under 20 milliseconds.” This not only applies to gamers who want to play on the mobile networks, but also in areas such as tele-medicine.

those Who had expected at CES, however, a wave of 5G-enabled devices, was disappointed. Although it was shown at the booth of Samsung, a first prototype of 5G Smartphones. The South Korean group-in-law, but when such a device is to come on the market.

The California-based chip manufacturer Qualcomm praised on its Stand its 5G data modem show Chips as the Foundation for the “true 5G”, but could also be no market-ready devices. After all, Qualcomm was able to refer to pre-orders: Its 5G technology – the micro-processor Snapdragon 855 and the 5G Modem X50 will show up this year in about 30 devices, including Smartphones from all the leading manufacturers of devices with the Google System Android.

Significantly more restrained acting of the 5G-specialist Huawei at CES. The Chinese group, which engages, among others, Deutsche Telekom in the construction of the 5G-infrastructure under the arms, and ran in to pour in the simmering Trade dispute between the United States and China, no further Oil into the fire. A Huawei spokesperson told the Nikkei Asian Review that his company “wanted to attract at the CES is not a big attention” and that “this time, no Chinese leader,” the Show will attend.

The gap of Huawei are trying to fill, under its new Player. The chip giant Intel, which is known to a wide audience, especially for its PC Chips, announced at CES, with its processors for mobile systems up to the year 2022, approximately 40 percent of the market to conquer. Three years ago, Intel was in this Segment is not yet active. And also the Huawei competitor, Samsung sees the opportunity to work with technical equipment for the 5G-infrastructure points. But here, too, the Details remain Vague.

the impression that the 5G Revolution will not come as quickly as some experts expected, at least on the CES. Even the 5G Premiere of Verizon in Houston is provided by some of the experts in question. Finally, the house of Clayton Harris, a fixed station had been connected to the referenced Router, and not via a mobile device. In addition, Verizon use in the Houston Heights is a proprietary 5G variant, to which the industry have not agreed.

a Lot of questions on the topic of 5G, which remained at CES, still unanswered, will be in a few weeks back on the Agenda. 25. to 28. February gathering of the industry in Barcelona, the mobile exhibition MWC. There is also the first 5G devices are likely to be for the consumer announced.