As 5G is gearing up for market deployment, the European 5G Observatory provides updates on all of the latest market developments, including actions being undertaken by the private and public sectors, in the field of 5G. The 5G observatory also delivers an analysis of the strategic implications of the 5G Action Plan and other public policy objectives.

The Observatory focuses on 5G developments in Europe, along with major international developments (USA, Japan, China, South Korea) that could impact the European market.

Latest News in Europe

Vivacom launches first 5G network in Bulgaria

5G coverage is available in the central urban areas of all 27 biggest cities in the country

Telefonica 5G launch in Germany

Telefonica became Germany’s third mobile network operator to introduce 5G services

5G launches in Czech Republic

Vodafone Czech Republic announced in early October 2020 the launch of its NSA 5G network

Three Ireland 5G launch

Three joins Vodafone and Eir in offering 5G services to customers

3.4-3.8 GHz auction completed in France

Bids reached a total of 2.8 billion EUR

Multi-band 700/1500/2100 MHz auction completed in Austria

The second 5G auction in Austria was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Telefonica, Orange and MASMOVIL launched their 5G networks

All major operators in Spain have switched on their 5G networks.

TDC 5G launch in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Helsingor

TDC launched commercial 5G services using the 3.5GHz band.

Telekom Slovenije launches 5G services in the 2.6 GHz band

In July 2020, Telekom Slovenije announced it had launched a commercial 5G network using its 2.6 GHz spectrum.

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Latest News outside Europe

Rakuten launches 5G services in Japan

Greenfield operator Rakuten launched commercial 5G services in late September 2020

First mid-band auction concluded in the USA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarded Priority Access Licenses in the 3550-3650 MHz band,during the first mid-band auction in the USA.

5G commercial services in Canada

Rogers Communications started offering 5G services in March 2020

Canada postpones 3.5GHz spectrum auction

The auction is now scheduled to start on June 15, 2021.

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