BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Countries 2019


The emerging 5G technology has attracted intense interest from the ICT industry and wider community due to its potential to increase opportunities for developments related to IoT including M2M communications, virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence and mission critical communication. It is also expected to enhance overall capacity, speed and latency of the mobile networks.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has development underway towards a global standard. While it is expected that the full standardization process won’t be completed until around early 2020 – in 2019 we are beginning to see a clearer picture of what 5G entails and many countries are considering spectrum requirements and conducting preliminary trials and testing.

In addition, interest in 5G devices is beginning to escalate as manufacturers jockey for position and there are numerous devices in development.

In recent years there has become an obvious “race to market” competition around the world with operators, manufacturers and governments all wanting to be the first to capture the opportunities presented by the 5G evolution.

BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts have identified 13 countries it sees as demonstrating leading progress towards 5G development in 2019, with representation from Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. In the developing markets of Latin America, the South Pacific and Africa; there are also signs emerging of activity in the 5G area.

This report explores and analyses the current progress of the 5G evolution including timelines for standards development, spectrum candidates, key considerations for government and the potential uses and applications associated with 5G. In addition, the report provides initial industry forecasts for subscriptions, CAPEX and devices. Buddecomm analysts have identified the top 13 countries demonstrating progress towards 5G.

Key developments:

  • 5G is an evolutionary process and countries which are well placed for 5G progress also have well established 4G LTE networks, along with progressive government and operator support.
  • Many countries globally have conducted 5G spectrum auctions and allocations.
  • Hundreds of operators around the world are involved in developing 5G in 2019.

Table of Contents

  • 5G in the global context

    • Fibre broadband will be needed for 5G
      • 5G FWA
    • The 5G vision
  • 5G statistics and forecasts

    • 5G subscriptions forecast
    • 5G CAPEX spend
    • 5G devices
  • 5G spectrum developments

    • Spectrum allocation around the world
  • Top countries leading 5G development

  • Key 5G considerations

    • Key industry consortiums
      • 3G PPP
      • IMT 2020
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Global – market share of mobile technologies – 2018
  • Table 2 – Global – 5G subscription forecast – 2020 – 2022
  • Table 3 – Potential frequency bands for 5G deployment

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 2 – Examples of 5G device manufacturers
  • Exhibit 3 - Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Smart Infrastructure
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)
Telecoms Infrastructure

Number of pages 26

Status Current

Last updated 17 Jun 2019
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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