5G Global Launches & Statistics

5G Global Launches & Statistics

5G will account for as many as 1.2 billion connections by 2025


The Global Rollout of 5G

By 2025, 5G networks are likely to cover one-third of the world’s population. The impact on the mobile industry and its customers will be profound.

5G is more than a new generation of technologies; it denotes a new era in which connectivity will become increasingly fluid and flexible.
5G Networks will adapt to applications and performance will be tailored precisely to the needs of the user.

Working closely with the mobile operators pioneering 5G, the GSMA is engaging with governments, vertical industries including automotive, financial services, healthcare providers, transport operators, utilities and other industry sectors to develop business cases for 5G.

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5G News

European open RAN initiatives move to the next phase

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The German government last week announced the first projects to receive support from a €300 million fund created to develop and test open RAN technology. One of the winning projects is an open RAN test lab run by a consortium of partners including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone ...

Network vendors announce new solutions at MWC LA

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Several network vendors used MWC LA to showcase their latest products. Samsung and Ciena announced they have entered into an agreement to deliver 5G solutions to the market. The combined offer will comprise an end-to-end solution set, including Samsung’s 5G RAN and core ...

KDDI, Deutsche Telekom, MobiledgeX, Sturfee and Mawari demonstrate next generation AR mobile app experience in alignment with GSMA TEC initiative

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October 26, 2021 – MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2021 LOS ANGELES KDDI Corporation (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan; hereinafter “KDDI”), Deutsche Telekom AG, MobiledgeX, Sturfee and Mawari have jointly developed a mobile application proof of concept to demonstrate ...

FCC sets mid-band spectrum auction in motion

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In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began Auction 110 on 5 October, allowing operators another chance to acquire mid-band spectrum for 5G. The auction will offer 100 MHz in the 3.45–3.55 GHz band, with spectrum being auctioned in each of the US’s partial ...

Apple’s new iPhone iterates and expands 5G coverage

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Apple held its annual device launch event in California this week – a gathering that did not release any ‘big bangs’ but rather iterated to bring new functionality and, most important, wider availability. The new iPhone 13 is the successor to the 5G-supported iPhone 12 ...

Network shutdowns accelerate as operators eye the 4G/5G opportunity

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Telefónica Deutschland (O2) has announced it is accelerating the shutdown of its 3G network in various regions of Germany. Though the end of 2021 was its original target, the company will convert the majority of 3G sites as early as September and carry out the last ...

Airtel and Intel team up to accelerate 5G in India

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Bharti Airtel and Intel have announced a collaboration to fast-track the move of Airtel’s customer base to 5G by leveraging vRAN and O-RAN technologies. Flexible, software-defined network architecture will allow the operator to offer targeted services and address customer ...

AT&T to develop first “at scale” 5G smart city

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AT&T and JBG Smith are working together to create the first 5G smart city “at scale” in the US. Using both sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G spectrum, AT&T will commence infrastructure deployments in the first half of 2022. AT&T and JBG Smith are looking to create a ...

France reveals public-private partnership strategy for 5G

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France aims to spend nearly €1.7 billion in its 5G market by 2025 through public and private investments, according to a 5G and future telecommunications plan announced by government ministers. The aim is to accelerate the development of 5G, particularly new use cases, to ...

AT&T accelerates shift to the public cloud with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure partnerships

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AT&T has announced plans to increase the integration of its multi-access edge compute (MEC) platform with Google Cloud to enable it to deliver new 5G and edge solutions for businesses in verticals such as retail, healthcare, manufacturing and entertainment. In June, ...

GSMA Announces Details of Innovative Edge Cloud Applications and Dedicated Telco Edge Cloud Federation

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5G’s low latency and high bandwidth, paired with edge cloud functionality, can deliver valuable new services 29 June 2021, Barcelona The GSMA has today revealed details of the first project trials using its Telco Edge Operator Platform. It has also launched the Telco Edge ...

Operators make progress with open RAN commercialisation

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Vodafone UK and MTN have revealed the vendors they will work with for open RAN deployments. Vodafone’s commercial open RAN rollout – the first in Europe – will cover 2,500 sites in rural parts of the UK at first, expanding into urban areas over the longer term. This marks an ...

Operators continue to address the private 5G opportunity

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Telefónica Tech has partnered with Microsoft to offer private 5G and on-premise edge computing to address the Industry 4.0 opportunity and related use cases. Meanwhile, in the US, AT&T has launched a private 5G network for healthcare, connecting researchers and patients. ...

Vodafone and Google sign new cloud partnership

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Vodafone Group has agreed a six-year partnership with Google to jointly build a new integrated data platform, with Vodafone transferring data from its servers to Google Cloud. The deal will see the companies collaborate on the development of a new data analytics system that ...

iPhone propels Apple to record earnings, with a potential halo effect for 5G

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Apple has reported record financial results for the quarter ending March 2021, with revenue growth of over 50% despite the challenging operating environment from Covid-19. There was broad-based success across its product portfolio, but iPhone sales continue to drive the ...

T-Mobile expands the reach of telehealth – a sign of things to come

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T-Mobile US has formed a partnership with digital healthcare platform Zyter, which offers telehealth services such as patient monitoring and workforce collaboration for health professionals. T-Mobile will leverage its nationwide LTE and 5G network scale and enterprise sales ...

Verizon Business to bring private 5G network to UK port

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Verizon Business has secured its first European private 5G network contract, supplying Associated British Ports (ABP) with connectivity for the Port of Southampton – one of the UK’s busiest ports. The private network offers secure, low-latency connectivity, providing the ...

LG to exit smartphones as landscape shapes up for 5G

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LG has announced it is to exit the mobile phone business. The South Korean firm declared that the move will allow it to focus resources on other drivers of growth. It will innovate in areas including electric vehicle components, connected devices and smart homes, and will ...

Companies step up open RAN commitments  

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Telefónica and IBM have worked together to deploy a proof-of-concept on open RAN, covering 81,000 people in the city of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. The deployment involved components and systems from multiple software and hardware vendors, including Altiostar, Red Hat, ...

Nokia looks to public cloud for enterprise RAN partnerships

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Nokia has announced separate partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Microsoft to further realise the potential of new network and cloud technologies. The goal is to develop cloud-based 5G radio solutions for enterprise use cases. The partnerships will ...