Global Mobile Infrastructure - 5G Activity Escalates Around the World

Publication Overview

In this annual publication, BuddeComm has identified 13 countries it sees as currently leading the race to 5G. The report provides market analysis, latest trends, spectrum insights and key telecom statistics for each country. This unique BuddeComm report also provides insights into 5G at a global level, by exploring key trends and considerations for 5G development.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Phil Harpur, Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- July 2019 (18th Edition)

Executive Summary

Leaders are emerging in the 5G race

As we draw close to 5G becoming a commercial reality – it is interesting to observe the different progress taking place in countries around the world. There is tremendous activity taking place with network upgrades, spectrum allocation, government policy and trials and testing being conducted in every region, with some taking greater strides than others. Amongst all of this activity; there are a number of countries emerging as 5G leaders.

To effectively advance with 5G, it is important to have the right mix of backbone infrastructure, 4G LTE coverage, government support, spectrum management and operator trials and testing.

Regionally, Europe remains a global workhorse in the development of mobile technologies, services and applications. Vendors within the region have been at the forefront of technological progress, and they remain so with the ongoing migration to 5G. Ultimately, European MNOs will likely take several years to roll out 5G technology, concentrating in the first instance on high-density city centres, identified hotspots (tourist and industrial areas) before extending to smaller cities and finally rural areas.

In the Asia-Pacific market, it is expected that Australia and China will be two of the top five of markets that will drive 5G growth. 5G testing is now well underway in most developed markets across the region including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, South Korea and Taiwan. Testing is also underway in a growing number of developing markets across Asia including such as Azerbaijan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Several countries are at the forefront of 5G development in the Middle East. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in particular are demonstrating significant progress. The UAE has the appropriate infrastructure in place to take advantage of 5G as it boasts one of the world’s highest mobile penetration rates, substantial 4G LTE infrastructure and is considered one of the telecoms leaders in the region. Qatar has allocated spectrum frequencies to Etisalat and Du for 5G deployment use.

The major operators in the USA, led by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US, have partnered with vendors to trial 5G technologies and services and will be expanding their commercial services. In addition, operators are working on the potential of NB-IoT, LTE-U and LTE-A technologies, in some respects as complementary technologies supported by 5G.

Recent developments:

  • To progress to 5G - countries need to have substantial 4G infrastructure in place as it is an evolutionary process.
  • The development of devices for 5G has escalated substantially in 2019.
  • In 2019 nearly 100 countries are conducting their own trials and testing of 5G.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

AT&T, Bouygues Telecom , BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, du, EEE, Free mobile, freenet, Huawei, KDDI, KT, LGU+, Mobily, Nokia, O2/H3, Optus, Orange, Saudi Telekom, SFR Group, SK Telecom , StarHub, Telstra, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, Xiaomi, ZTE.

Kylie Wansink
July 2019

Table of Contents

  • 5G in the global context

    • 4G LTE for the near future
    • Fibre broadband will be needed for 5G
      • 5G FWA
  • The 5G vision

    • IoT and M2M
  • 5G statistics and forecasts

    • 5G subscriptions forecast
    • 5G CAPEX spend
    • 5G devices
  • Leading 5G countries 2019

  • Asia-Pacific overview

  • Australia

    • Australia telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
      • LTE-B
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G Testing, Trials and Launches
      • 2015 - 2016 developments
      • 2017 developments
      • 2018 developments
      • 2019 developments
    • 5G spectrum
      • 5G Spectrum Auction
  • China

    • China telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G Testing, Trials and Launches
    • 5G market forecasts
  • Hong Kong

    • Hong Kong telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G market spectrum
  • Japan

    • Japan telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G Trials and Testing
      • 2019
      • 2018
      • 2017
      • 2016
    • 5G spectrum
  • Singapore

    • Singapore telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G trials and testing
    • 5G spectrum
  • South Korea

    • South Korea telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G trials and testing
    • 5G service launches
    • 5G operator developments
    • 5G spectrum
  • Europe overview

  • France

    • France telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
      • Bouygues Telecom
      • SFR
      • Orange
      • Free Mobile
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G spectrum
      • 2.6GHz
      • 3.5Hz
      • Spectrum reassignment – November 2018
      • 26GHz
  • Germany

    • Germany telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G Testing and Trials
    • Government policy
    • 5G spectrum
  • United Kingdom

    • UK telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G spectrum
    • Government support
    • 5G operator developments
  • Middle East overview

  • Qatar

    • Qatar telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G trials and testing
    • 5G spectrum
  • Saudi Arabia

    • Saudi Arabia telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • Satellite mobile
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G trials and testing
    • 5G spectrum
  • United Arab Emirates

    • UAE telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
      • Etisalat
      • du
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G trials and testing
    • 5G spectrum
  • North America overview

  • USA

    • USA telecom statistics
    • 4G market overview
    • 5G market overview
    • 5G spectrum
      • 3.5GHz
      • 28GHz
    • 5G operator developments
      • Verizon
      • US Cellular
      • AT&T
      • T-Mobile US
      • Sprint

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Global LTE subscribers – 2012 – 2022
  • Table 2 – 4G LTE penetration by region – 2019
  • Table 3 – Global – market share of mobile technologies – 2018
  • Table 4 – Global – 5G subscription forecast – 2020 – 2022
  • Table 7 – China - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 8 – Hong Kong – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 9 – Japan - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 10 – Singapore - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 11 – South Korea – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 12 – France - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - 2018 (e)
  • Table 13 – France - Active LTE subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 14 – France - Free Mobile LTE subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 15 – France - Free Mobile average LTE data use – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 16 – France - 2.6GHz spectrum results – Sep 2011
  • Table 17 – Germany - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 18 – Germany - LTE subscribers – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Germany - Telefónica Deutschland LTE subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 20 – UK - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 21 – UK - LTE subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 22 – UK - Average 3G and 4G speeds (Mb/s) – 2014 – 2015
  • Table 23 – Qatar - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018
  • Table 24 – Saudi Arabia - Top-level country statistics and regulatory authorities – 2019
  • Table 25 – UAE - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018
  • Table 26 – USA - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018
  • Table 27 – USA - Verizon Wireless LTE devices on network– 2011 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Global - The fast growth of LTE subscriptions – 2012 – 2022
  • Chart 2 – Germany - Telefónica Deutschland LTE subscribers – 2014 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 2 – Examples of 5G device manufacturers
  • Exhibit 3 – Australia and 5G
  • Exhibit 4 – China and 5G
  • Exhibit 5 – Hong Kong and 5G
  • Exhibit 6 - Japan and 5G
  • Exhibit 7 – Singapore and 5G
  • Exhibit 8 – South Korea and 5G
  • Exhibit 9 – France and 5G
  • Exhibit 10 – France - Reassigned multi-spectrum holdings (900MHz) – 2021 – 2025
  • Exhibit 11 – Germany and 5G
  • Exhibit 12 – United Kingdom and 5G
  • Exhibit 13 – Qatar and 5G
  • Exhibit 14 – Saudi Arabia and 5G
  • Exhibit 15 – UAE and 5G
  • Exhibit 16 – USA and 5G

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Last updated 8 Jul 2019
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Contributing Analysts:

Phil Harpur
Henry Lancaster

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