GSA Report: Global 5G Network Commercial Number has reached 46

According to a new study from The GSA, 321 operators worldwide are investing in 5G in 103 countries as of October 2019, 46 of which have launched commercial services. GSA statistics show that so far, 62 operators around the world have deployed 3GPP standard 5G technology in their networks. Of these, 46 operators have introduced 5G services with 3GPP standards, 34 have introduced 5G mobile services with 3GPP standards, and 27 operators have introduced 5G FWA services or home broadband services with 3GPP standards.


Figure: Global 5G Investment Status (as of October 2019). Source: GSA.

5G has been rolled out worldwide

According to GSA, there are currently five operators in the Americas that have launched 5G commercial services, seven in the Asia-Pacific region, 20 in Europe and 14 in the Middle East and Africa.

Specifically, the Americas include the United States — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile US, Uruguay – Antel.

Europe includes Austria – 3 Austria, Estonia – Elisa, Finland – Elisa and Telia, Germany – Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, Ireland – Vodafone, Italy – TIM and Vodafone, Latvia – Tele2, Monaco – Monaco Telecom, Romania – RCS and RDS and Vodafone, Spain – Vodafone, Switzerland – Sunrise and Swiss Telecom, UNITED Kingdom – 3UK, EE, O2 and Vodafone.


Figure: Global 5G Commercial Distribution (as of October 2019). Source: GSA.

Asia Pacific includes Australia – Optus and Telstra, New Zealand – Spark, Philippines – Globe, Korea – SK Telecom, Korea Telecom KT and LG U..

The Middle East and Africa region includes Bahrain – Batelco and Viva, Kuwait -Ooredoo, Viva and Zain, Lesotho -Vodacom, Maldives-Dhiraagu, Qatar-Ooredoo and Vodafone, Saudi Arabia -STC and Zain, South Africa – Rain, UNITED Arab Emirates – Du and Etisalat.


Figure: Number of 5G terminal releases (as of October 2019). Source: GSA.

5G terminal ecosystem is expanding rapidly

GSA statistics show that as of mid-October 2019, 71 suppliers worldwide had issued 172 3G-compliant 5G terminals, of which at least 38 were commercially available.

These include 50 mobile phones, 55 CPE terminals, 32 modules, 11 mobile hotspot devices, and 25 other terminals (e.g. robots, drones, laptops, etc.).

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