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Report: Global 5G connectivity has reached a tipping point

Test, measurement and assurance company Viavi Solutions says 5G networks are now active in 47 of the world’s 70 largest economies.

This new data comes from the company’s annual ‘The State of 5G’ report. According to Viavi, there are now 2,497 cities globally with commercial 5G networks, across 92 countries. A further 23 countries have pre-commercial 5G trials underway and 32 countries have announced their 5G intentions.

The report also claims that 5G Standalone (SA) networks, meaning networks that have been built using a new 5G core and which operate independently of existing 4G infrastructure, are rapidly gaining momentum around the world. The report tracks 45 5G SA networks in place, across 23 countries. This contrasts with January of 2022, when the company recorded just 24 SA networks globally.

According to the report, the United States has overtaken China when it comes to 5G deployments in cities. In the U.S., the number of cities with 5G networks has grown significantly to 503, compared with just 297 in May 2022, a 69 percent increase. In contrast, the number of 5G cities in China has remained static at 356 since the June 2021 update. However, Viavi says that China leads ahead of the US in other key 5G metrics

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