Key Highlights

Since 2018, a number of 5G networks were launched.

In Europe, 5G is available in 18 European Member States, plus the UK, Norway and Switzerland. In Asia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan,  and Thailand provide 5G services. In North America, 5G services have been available in the USA since 2018 and in Canada since June 2020.

The COVID-19 slowed the 5G deployment but adoption is impressive in Asia: as at the end of June 2020, the 100 million mark of 5G connections was overtaken in China. In South Korea, 5G subscriptions reached 7.4 million while in Japan where 5G was launched in March 2020, the number of 5G modules sold by NTT DoCoMo reached 149,000.

EU-27 plus the UK countries with 5G commercial services – September 2020

Source: IDATE DigiWorld

 

 

 

5G commercial launches in the US and Canada

Source: IDATE DigiWorld

 

5G commercial launches in APAC

Source: IDATE DigiWorld

Latest News in Europe

HT launches 5G in Croatia

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) switched on Croatia’s first commercial 5G network

Completion of the Czech 5G auction in the 700 MHz and 3.4-3.6 GHz spectrum bands

The regulator stated five groups won spectrum, paying a total of 5.6 billion crowns (211 million EUR)

Telenor launches Sweden’s fourth 5G network

2.3GHz and 3.5GHz auction will begin on November 10

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.

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