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

Swedish regulator sees drop in number of mobile voice calls as 5G use grows

The number of voice calls has decreased for the first time, while 5G now accounts for 14% of subscriptions.

KPN tests 5G Standalone technology

The Dutch mobile operator said it successfully tested 5G standalone (SA) technology in its network.

Telia and Ericsson announce Baltics’ first enterprise 5G private network in Tallinn

The network represents a “significant step in the region’s digital transformation, accelerating business operations and fostering innovations,” the companies said.

Frankfurt pilot transforms street lamps into 5G hotspots

A pilot project by 5G-Synergiewerk GmbH, telecom provider O2 Telefónica and energy supplier Mainova is converting street lights into 5G spots to densify the city’s 5G network.

Vodafone group to cut 11,000 jobs

The company’s new CEO Margherita Della Valle has outlined her strategy to restore growth.

Belgium’s Citymesh gets Nokia Drone Networks platform

Nokia says it will provide 70 Drone-in-a-Box units to Citymesh for its emergency response product.

1&1 to launch 5G in Q3 2023

The German operator has set out new 5G rollout goals, following a failure to hit previous base station targets.

5G Observatory releases latest report and scoreboard

The latest report records increases in pioneer band spectrum assignments, as well as 5G coverage.

Citymesh and Digi to deploy Dense Air small cells platform

The Belgian operator has announced a partnership with infrastructure provider Dense Air Networks.

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