Key Highlights

Since 2018, a number of 5G networks have been launched.

In Europe, 5G is available in 24 European Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) and outside the EU, in Norway, Switzerland, and the UK). In Asia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, 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: China’s vice-minister of industry and information technology communicated in early 2021 that a total of 718,000 5G base stations were built in China in 2020. About 100,000 5G base stations were built in 2019. In South Korea, 5G subscriptions reached more than 12 million at the end of January 2021. In Japan where 5G was launched in March 2020, the number of 5G modules sold by NTT DoCoMo reached 500,000 as of the end of October 2020.

EU-27 plus the UK countries with 5G commercial services – March 2021

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

Spain raises over 1 billion EUR in 700 MHz auction

This was Spain’s second sale of 5G-suitable spectrum, following an auction covering the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz bands in 2018

Slovenian operators pay 164 million EUR for new mobile spectrum

Slovenia’s Agency for Communications Networks and Services (Akos) announced the completion of the multiband auction, which raised 164.2 million EUR.

A1, Vivacom andTelenor secured 5G spectrum in 3.6 GHz band

All bids were above the initial reserve price set at 4 million BGN (2 million EUR)

5G auction in Denmark raised 2.1 billion DKK (279.1 million EUR)

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The workshop is the second stakeholder workshop in the 5G Supply Market Trends project that has been launched by the European Commission in September 2020. The first stakeholder workshop on 5G Equipment and Supply Market Trends and Perspectives of Open Initiatives was held on 16 December 2020. The study on 5G Supply Market Trends aims […]

Spain completes 3.5 GHz spectrum assignment for 5G in a day

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Sweden completes 3.5 GHz spectrum auction for 5G in one day

The auction raised 2.32 billion SEK (226 million EUR)

The 5G Greek auction raised 372.3 million EUR

The long-awaited multi-band 5G auction in Greece ended on December 16, 2020 after six rounds of bidding. It raised 372.3 million EUR just exceeding targets of 367 million EUR. The three current MNOs got spectrum in all bands for sale (700 MHz, 2 GHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz). Vodafone spent the most with 130.2 […]

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