Key Highlights

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

In Europe, 5G is available in 14 European Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland. In Asia, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, 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 end 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 service – June 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

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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