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Saturday, November 24, 2018

First 5G Cities - Tracking the 5G deployments across the globe

Service Providers are competing all over the globe to launch 5G services, soon. This blog post tracks the launch of 5G services  in various countries and cities, across the globe. Unlike 4G, the initial launch of 5G services aren't targeted at mobile phones. The initial set of 5G use cases are targeted mostly at enterprises and businesses. 

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Verizon is the world's first service provider to launch a non-standard version of 5G in four different cities in US. They launched their first 5G service called 5G Home, a residential broadband service to their customers in the following cities. The initial speeds offered by Verizon is 300 Mbps. Verizon has announced the launch of 5G services in 4 cities, so far - Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Houston. (Read: 4G vs. 5G)
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AT&T launched standard mobile 5G and mobile 5G devices to 12 cities in 2018, and another 5 cities by early 2019. You can find a detailed 5G market update, including details on the cities where 5G will be launched by AT&T at AT&T 5G Evolution market. AT&T has achieved peak theoretical wireless speeds of 400 megabits per second for capable devices. AT&T is offering the commercial 5G solution to select “businesses and consumers” in 12 markets, beginning Dec. 21. They are using a Netgear based 5G Mobile hotspot, as part of the initial launch. Those 12 markets include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Antonio, New Orleans, Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, Dallas, Atlanta, Waco, Charlotte, Raleigh and Oklahoma City.


5G Observatory Quarterly Report published by the European Commission (EC) reported that the number of 5G trials by mobile operators in the 28 countries of the European Union (EU) reached 138 by mid-December 2018.

EE, one of the largest service providers in UK has announced that 5G services will be turned-on in 6 cities by mid-2019. Those cities are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.

Deutsche Telecom (DT) launches 5G in Poland in Dec 2018 with Huawei Equipment. Their services will be available for select customers and partners.

Austrian telco A1 rolled out 5G services in Gmünd, Austria, in collaboration with technology partner Nokia in 2019. The operator was able to achieve 5G speeds of up to 10 Gb/s in a 5G data call on the live network. A1 is offering 5G-based high-speed broadband services, to Gmund residents. 


South Korea Telecom has become the first nation in Asia to launch commercial 5G networks in Dec 2018 in Seoul and 6 other major cities. SK Telecom also started deploying 5G infrastructure in K-City, country's first city for self-driving cars, during the beginning of 2018.

5G services in India are going to be launched as late as 2021 or in 2022. TRAI Secretary said in a recent CII event that "The telecom sector will move to 5G by 2022 and access to digital platform will become highly advanced in the next five years". Bharti Airtel, one of the prominent players in India conducted 5G trials and reportedly achieved 3 Gbps speed during the trial. 

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