5G Observatory Report 18 – April 2023

A PDF version of the latest report can be found here. A PowerPoint version of the latest scoreboard can be found here.

Key developments

The 18th 5G Observatory report (downloadable in full here) covers all the latest developments towards EU 5G targets and policies, as well as international trends. The report takes account of recent major spectrum auctions in Estonia, Romania, Ireland, Croatia in Spain, which increases the total percentage of assigned pioneer bands across Member States to 68%.

An increase in 5G coverage was also observed, with 81% of the EU’s population now covered by at least one operator offering 5G services.

In a newly published editorial featured in the report, we consider the recent wave of interest in satellite direct-to-handset (D2D) services and consider what merit these solutions may have in Europe.

In addition to the newly published report, the online sections of the 5G Observatory website have now been updated. These include the interactive European 5G scoreboard, as well as the interactive International Scoreboard.


Full report – Click to download

Updated website sections

In order to keep the 5G Observatory reports as concise as possible, some sections are now viewable online. These sections are updated in line with new bi-annual reports.

Latest News in Europe

Poland opens 3.8–4.2 GHz to private networks

The Polish regulator UKE has published its regulation for local enterprise networks.

Sweden completes spectrum auction

Three operators won frequencies in 900 MHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

Save the date: 5G Observatory workshop on 26th October

The 5G Observatory will be holding its 5th Stakeholder Workshop online on Thursday, 26th October between 10:30 – 13:30.

Ericsson secures 6G research project with German funding

The project is part of a €8.1 billion EU initiative to fund the development of microelectronics and communication technologies.

TIM claims first remote surgery using 5G

The corneal surgery was completed successfully over a 5G connection at the Bari Polyclinic in Italy.

Deutsche Telekom demonstrates 12 Gbit/s using 6GHz spectrum

For the test Telekom equipped a rooftop location in the town of Alzey in Rheinhessen with a 6 GHz antenna. In addition, an antenna was mounted that is already used today for the 5G mobile communications standard and transmits via the 3.6 GHz frequency band.

Spain to invest further €500 million into rural 5G

The Spanish government intends to launch the funding call at the end of September.

Movistar becomes first operator to activate 26 GHz 5G spectrum in Spain

Telefonica, operating in Spain as Movistar, has reportedly activated its first mmWave antennas in Valencia.

Huawei files a lawsuit against Portuguese 5G equipment ban

Chinese technology company Huawei has filed a lawsuit at Lisbon Circle Administrative Court against a resolution that prevents operators from using “high-risk” equipment in 5G mobile networks.

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