Not unless the carriers or handset makers start increasing awareness. Only Samsung, even though it had a modem speed advantage for many cycles, started to promote this with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9, but that was only recently. AT&T or T-Mobile aren't really promoting their service's speed advantages with its new features and instead are using their advanced network features to improve density for "all you can eat" plans. I believe rooted in there somewhere is the desire not to offend Apple as its iPhones don't support these advanced network features yet. Whatever the case, those users who do care most about upload and download speeds and latency of your experience, you're best off using a smartphone based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset with the X20 modem.
Deloitte Global predicts that 2019 will be the year in which fifth-generation (5G) wide-area wireless networks arrive in scale. There were 72 operators testing 5G in 2018,1 and by the end of 2019, we expect 25 operators to have launched 5G service in at least part of their territory (usually cities) with another 26 operators to launch in 2020, more than doubling the total. Further, we expect about 20 handset vendors to launch 5G-ready handsets in 2019 (with the first available in Q2), and about 1 million 5G handsets (out of a projected 1.5 billion smartphone handsets sold in 2019) to be shipped by year's end. One million 5G modems (also known as pucks or hotspots) will be sold, and around a million 5G fixed wireless access devices will be installed. At the end of 2020, we expect 5G handset sales (15–20 million units) to represent approximately 1 percent of all smartphone sales, with sales taking off in 2021, the first year in which retailers will sell more than 100 million 5G handsets.
Qualcomm opened its Snapdragon Technology Summit as a cheerleader, evangelizing the 5G wireless technology that's rolling out worldwide from chipmakers, carriers, and smartphone makers. Qualcomm executives provided a "state of 5G" update--part technical summary, part hype. AT&T and Verizon also joined Qualcomm on stage to provide updates on their own 5G rollouts, as well as to promote the new standard. Though Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips are built into phones, part of the 5G transition is simply convincing users that 5G is real, that it's here, and that it's needed. "Here is the final message: It's that the entire industry is moving at the same pace for 2019 launches. It is not just about upgrading a mature market, but moving to new business models," said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), the company's chipset business, AT&T and Verizon provided "live 5G networks" for use in the hotel hosting the Snapdragon Technology Summit, and Amon held up a first reference handset with a 5G chip inside it.
While the avalanche of announcements may have made it seem otherwise, today officially marks the first day of Mobile World Congress 2019, and aside from all the ambitious, weird, and sophisticated new handsets on display at the show, without a doubt the other big topic for the show is 5G. By now almost all the major carriers have already started deploying 5G networks, and with the announcement of the Galaxy S10 5G, a new 5G modem from Qualcomm, and even more 5G-ready phones to follow at MWC, it sort of feels like we're reaching a critical mass for 5G momentum. We're talking about mobile data speeds potentially in excess of one Gbps, latencies of less than five or 10 milliseconds, and networks robust enough to handle the quickly growing number of IoT devices. But before anyone goes HAM on a 5G tech spending spree this year, there are three big things that have me feeling bearish on 5G between now and 2020. The first problem is the limited availability of 5G networks.