5G Coverage Map & Statistics



The course to 1.2bn 5G connections

5G will account for as many as 1.2 billion connections by 2025. By then, 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, and 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 Consumer Use Cases





Uses 5G to provide advanced features such as 3D viewing and different perspective views of live match.






Uses 5G to enjoy VR contents anywhere anytime.







Uses 5G to provide realistic AR services such as the virtual zoo.



Live Performances




Uses 5G to enable extremely high quality performance / music videos.



Game Streaming




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