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

Generative AI drives silicon industry revenues and market entry

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Nvidia has reported revenues for the third quarter of more than $18 billion, up around 200% from a year ago and up 34% on the previous quarter. Driven by strong demand for its processing units, which are needed to support generative AI solutions in the cloud, Nvidia’s ...

5G business solutions experience strong growth in China and the Middle East

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China Unicom has announced it has deployed a total of 7,441 private 5G networks for businesses, representing triple-digit, year-on-year growth (138%). The news follows the announcement of a collaboration agreement between Nokia Bell Labs and Saudi Aramco to develop digital ...

5G standalone gathers momentum

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Vodafone has announced the launch of its 5G standalone (5G SA) service in the UK, branded ‘5G Ultra’. The service will initially be available to customers in selected cities, but there are plans to expand across the UK over the coming years. Meanwhile, in the US, Verizon has ...

Transport networks are the next stop on the 5G journey

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Telefonica Deutschland, Ericsson and Vantage Towers have joined forces on a project to devise ways to provide high-quality 5G connectivity across Germany’s rail network. The trio will work with rail operator Deutsche Bahn on the initiative, which carries €6.4 million of ...

Drones poised for lift-off with 5G

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T-Mobile US has partnered with Valmont Industries to use 5G-enabled drones for long-distance flight trials that provide aerial inspections for a variety of potential critical use cases – a key part of the digital economy. This partnership, which enabled drones to fly nearly ...

Mobile operators target 5G coverage expansion

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China’s four major mobile operators have announced they will jointly launch the world’s first 5G cross-network roaming trial in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The service enables users to access other operators’ 5G networks when their operator does ...

Private 5G networks enabling grand events

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Vodafone UK has dedicated a slice of its public 5G standalone (5G SA) network to TV production company ITN to broadcast the coronation of King Charles III. It claims to be the first operator to dedicate a slice of public 5G SA network to broadcast a major event in the ...

Industry moves to execute on open RAN potential

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Among recent open RAN developments, Verizon announced it is preparing for open RAN field trials in 2023 that could lead to deployments later in the year, while Virgin Media O2 is working with Mavenir to include an open virtual RAN (vRAN) solution as part of its network ...

Expanding 5G networks and services globally

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Last week we saw several important developments on 5G networks and services. The UK government is targeting 5G standalone (SA) coverage in all populated areas of the country by 2030, while Rogers is acquiring BAI Canada to roll out a 5G network across Toronto’s subway. ...

US looks to free up additional spectrum and introduces regulation for satellite-to-mobile services

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The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has launched a process of identifying at least 1,500 MHz of spectrum that can be repurposed to address current and future needs for fixed and mobile broadband, as well as satellite communications and ...

Securing home court advantage in chipsets

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Chipsets have increasingly become an asset of national strategic importance in the 5G era, with announcements this week from South Korea (Samsung) and China providing further evidence. Samsung’s announcement is of enormous scale, with five new factories set to produce ...

Orange and Ericsson private 5G solution for ArcelorMittal goes live

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ArcelorMittal France has announced the operational launch of ‘5G Steel’, which it claims to be the largest 4G/5G private network in an industrial environment. The network, deployed by Orange Business and Ericsson, will improve sustainability and help reduce carbon emissions ...

Open RAN momentum continues to grow in Europe and North America

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Vodafone has reported progress with its urban open RAN trials, which began in the UK in late 2022. The operator added it is on track for its open RAN request for quotation (RFQ) process to begin in 2024. Bell Canada is also conducting open RAN trials. As part of this, it ...

Operators continue to prove the value of 5G across verticals

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There is growing momentum behind operators piloting network services across different industry verticals and building use cases that leverage the capabilities of 5G. In the area of defence, AT&T’s 5G network has been employed by US defence contractor Northrop ...

European Commission identifies four focus areas for AI and robotics projects

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The European Commission (EC) has identified smart cities, agriculture, manufacturing and healthcare as focus areas for a series of AI and robotics projects earmarked for a total of €200 million in funding. The funding recognises these areas as important to building an AI ...

CES 2023: sustained interest in the metaverse as the ecosystem gears up

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Announcements from CES on mixed-reality hardware launches, innovative displays and enterprise metaverse application platforms point to sustained interest in the metaverse. For example, TCL unveiled various wearable displays, including AR glasses that show navigational ...

Verizon marks 3G sunset in the US

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Verizon is the last of the major operators in the US to shut down its 3G network, fully decommissioning it at the end of 2022. AT&T’s 3G network, T-Mobile’s 3G UMTS network and Sprint’s 3G CDMA network were all closed down in 2022. More than 99% of ...

The growing importance of tower companies

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China’s three major mobile operators have approved five-year rental agreements with China Tower, which will allow the trio to continue the build-out of high-efficiency networks and accelerate the construction of low-carbon infrastructure. Meanwhile, the Philippines’ Globe ...

Open RAN momentum continues: playing the long game

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Vodafone has announced a raft of urban trials in the UK for its open RAN network infrastructure – a sign of continued momentum in the technology and its expansion beyond rural use. Vodafone is one of the leading companies in this space; it has committed to eventual open RAN ...

Operators and vendors continue to drive digital transformation in Africa

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Orange recently launched its first 5G network in Africa in Botswana, while the Samsung Wallet has gone live in South Africa. Recent industry events in Africa, including the GSMA’s MWC Africa event in Kigali and the Africa Tech Festival in Cape Town, have showcased the ...