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


The emerging 5G technology has attracted intense interest from the ICT industry and wider community due to its potential to increase opportunities for applications like M2M communications and enhanced mobile broadband services.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has research underway towards a global standard. While it is expected that the full standardization process won’t be completed until around early 2020 – we will begin to see a clearer picture of what 5G entails over during the next year or so as some countries launch initial services and trials.

In the meantime, BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts have identified the 21 countries it currently sees as leading at a regional level in terms of 5G development, with countries represented from Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. In the emerging markets of Latin America, the South Pacific and Africa there is still very little significant activity in the 5G area taking place.

This report explores and analyses the current progress of 5G technology and its potential uses and applications. In addition, the report identifies the top 21 leading regional countries worldwide and provides an overview of the mobile market in each country and outline of 5G activity.

Key development:

  • Countries which are progressing with 5G also have well established LTE networks.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The power of 5G
    • 2.1 Key industry developments
      • 2.1.1 5G PPP
      • 2.1.2 First prototype phone
      • 2.1.3 IMT 2020
      • 2.1.4 5G Vertical Industry Accelerator
  • 3. 5G technologies and services
    • 3.1 What makes 5G special?
    • 3.2 The role of FttH in the development of 5G
  • 4. The top 21 leading regional 5G countries
    • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.1.1 Country insights
  • 5. 5G platform for M2M and IoT – smart homes and smart cities
    • 5.1 5G for smart homes
    • 5.2 5G and m-commerce
    • 5.3 5G and e-government
    • 5.4 5G and e-health
    • 5.5 5G and e-education
  • 6. Challenges of 5G
  • 7. Conclusion: Will telcos be able to harness the new business opportunities of 5G?
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 - Top 21 countries which are leading regional 5G developments in 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – The Power of 5G
  • Exhibit 2 – Potential 5G elements

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Number of pages 31

Status Current

Last updated 17 Nov 2017
Update History

Analysts: Phil Harpur

Henry Lancaster
Kylie Wansink

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