EU27 achieve 64% 5G population coverage

The new 5G Observatory report reveals a significant increase in the levels of 5G coverage.

The new study uses updated figures from the European DESI index which is based on operator announcements.

It is however worth noting that this coverage figure does not presume any particular quality of service. As discussed in a different section of this quarterly report, the spectrum bands used by operators can affect the speed of 5G services.

You can view an interactive coverage map below. Hovering over a country will also reveal the number of 5G base stations.

Map: 5G coverage

Darker green indicates higher coverage

≤20% ≥20% ≥40% ≥60% ≥80% 100%

Italy saw the largest increase in population coverage, jumping from 40% in the 5G Observatory’s January report to 99.7% in the May report. Some Italian operators such as WindTre rely on low band spectrum for their 5G rollout. This may result in lower speeds.

The second-biggest increase was seen in Czechia which went from 10% to 49% population coverage.

You can find the full 5G Observatory report here. The interactive European scoreboard can be found here.

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