Investments in fibre and LTE networks’ upgrades is key for 5G successful deployment. Aside from acquiring wireless spectrum, MNOs are investing in upgrading existing LTE and fixed networks. Major issue of interests include deploying small cells, 4×4 MIMO, CA…. 5G deployment in Europe will start in urban areas and will later expand to urban areas and major roads.

MNOs investments & Equipment vendor contracts

As 5G preparation is heating up, MNOs start to announce investments they commit to make.

Country MNOs Equipment Vendors Amount Time period Additional information
Germany Deutsche Telekom NA 20 bEUR 2018-2021 5G launch in 2019

Target 99% pop. Coverage (90% geo. Coverage) by 2025

https://www.t-online.de/digital/id_84594270/telekom-chef-gibt-zusagen-fuer-netzausbau.html

UK/Ireland Three NA >2 bGBP  (2.3 bEUR) 2018- 5G launch in H2 2019

62 MEUR in CAPEX in H1 2018/100 MEUR per year (Spectrum, fibre network, 20 new data centres, CA)

http://www.threemediacentre.co.uk/news/2018/three-UK-committed-to-invest-into-5g.aspx

 

France Orange Decision in early 2019 A share of 7.4 bEUR Orange intends to spend 7.4 bEUR in investments in 2018, a 3% increase compared to 2017. Orange will enhance its fibre deployment and the LTE coverage and prepare 5G.
Outside Europe
USA T-Mobile USA

 

Nokia 3.5 bUSD 2018- 5G launch in 2019

Building of a 3GPP 5G NR nationwide network using 600 MHz and 28 GHz spectrum and Nokia’s 5G technology (AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, AirFrame hardware, CloudBand software, SON and 5G Acceleration Services)

https://www.t-mobile.com/news/nokia-5g-agreement

 

USA T-Mobile USA Ericsson 3.5 bUSD 2018 5G NR equipment, digital services solutions, including dynamic orchestration, business support systems (BSS) and Cloud Core

https://www.t-mobile.com/news/ericsson-5g-agreement

China All three MNOs (CM, CU, CT) Nokia >2 bEUR 2018-2019 5G launch in 2019

1-year deal

4G radio and fixed access equipment, IP routing and optical transport equipment

Investments dedicated to 4G networks’ upgrade and pave the way to 5G

CM: radio access, core and passive optical networks, as well as IP routing and optical transport, SDN tools, management and professional services

CU: a range of technologies, including 4G, edge computing, virtualized IMS, SDN, IP routing and optical transport and fixed network technologies

CT: improve 4G coverage and hotspot capacity and continue its “5G cooperation”

South Korea SKT Mainly Samsung (5G), Ericsson, Nokia 9 bUSD

(o/w 5 bUSD for 5G)

 

2017-2019 IoT, 5G, IA, autonomous vehicles
South Korea KT 23 trillion KRW (20.5 bUSD) 2018-

2023

5G R&D (5G Open Lab in Seoul), 5G tests and launch, other tech
Japan NTT DoCoMo 1 trillion JPY (8.8 b USD) 2018- 2023 1 trillion JPY on infrastructure (590 bJPY in 2018, up from 570 bJPY initial target)

10 bJPY (80 KEUR) for offering pre-commercial 5G services in limited locations by Sept. 2019 (official target for launch)

 

Latest News in Europe

European Commission launches second call for 6G projects

The application period will begin on January 17 and end on April 25.

European Commission to fund 5G research for defence applications

A new consortium brings together vendors, technology companies and research institutes from 11 EU Member States.

Spain to offer up €60 million for 5G projects

The funding will be available for 5G projects in areas of tourism, security and connected vehicles.

German telecoms regulator reviews 5G coverage targets

Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone all claim to have largely met the coverage obligations.

France issues €750 million call for 5G and 6G projects

The French government is supporting research and development (R&D) projects on advanced 5G and future network generations.

A1 Slovenia records a 45% increase in data usage in 2022

The operator also says its 5G network now reaches 66% of the country’s population.

New German market entrant 1&1 launches fixed wireless service

1&1 has begun to roll out its 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) service in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe.

Italian operators launch 5G infastructure sharing company

WindTre and Iliad have launched a joint venture company called Zefiro Net which will facilitate infastructure sharing in rural areas of Italy.

5G Observatory scoreboard updated

Romania and Estonia’s spectrum auctions are now reflected in the scoreboard which keeps track of 5G developments in Europe.

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