International 5G scoreboard

Overview of 5G developments

This page provides an overview of the state of 5G internationally. Below you will find tables and charts about 5G rollout and 5G spectrum awards in major international markets.

Table: Comparison of 5G rollout in international markets

Please note: There may be discrepancies between the reported figures, as the method for calculating the number of base stations is not standardised between regions.

Sources: Data on subscriber numbers and base stations were collected from various sources including regulator announcements.

Chart: Assigned 5G spectrum in international markets (EU data represents average spectrum assigned)

Please note: For the EU, data on spectrum assigned has been averaged out across all EU27. Some individual countries may have more spectrum assigned for 5G, while some may have less or none.

USA data shows all spectrum made available to mobile operators by the FCC. Not all of this spectrum will have been sold to operators so the final amount of spectrum assigned to operators may be slightly lower.

 For further information about methodology, see page 32 in the full 5G Observatory report 15.

Table: Assigned 5G spectrum bands in international markets

Latest News in Europe

The Netherlands to award 3.6 GHz band in late 2023

A special advisory committee to the Dutch government has released its recommendation for moving forward on the delayed spectrum award.

Policy workshop on EU microchips act to take place June 16

A workshop organised by COREnect will discuss steps to achieve European leadership in microelectronics and connectivity.

EU and China lagging behind in mmWave spectrum

The new 5G Observatory report reveals the average EU country has assigned just a fraction of the mmWave spectrum awarded in the USA, South Korea and Japan.

Slovakia completes 3.5 GHz 5G auction

The country’s leading four operators all won licences in the award, which raised a total of €63.6 million.

EU27 achieve 64% 5G population coverage

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

Report: greater use of non-pioneer bands linked to lower download speeds

The new 5G Observatory report says two thirds of European mobile operators are including non-pioneer bands in their 5G rollout.

5G Observatory releases new streamlined quarterly report

The 5G Observatory has published its new quarterly report which gives readers an updated overview of major new 5G developments in Europe and international markets.

New industry body offers support and funding for 5G startups

Bouygues Telecom, Cellnex, KPN, MTN, Telefonica and WindTre have come together in a new telco alliance, named Alaian, to connect their innovation ecosystems and support startups in 5G-based ventures.

Cyprus is “first EU country with 100% 5G coverage”

Having recently completed their 5G mobile network, Cyprian operator Cyta claims it now covers the country’s whole population.

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