The number of commercial 5G networks deployments – both mobile and fixed — worldwide will grow to 55 in 2019 from 13 in 2018, according to a report.
5G deployments will more than triple this year as telecom operators will be adding 42 new networks in 2019.
Europe will have 21 5G network deployments. The Middle East will have 14 5G network deployments. Asia will have 10 5G network deployments. Americas will have 8 5G network deployments. Australia will have 2 5G network deployments.
Telecom operators such as Telstra Australia, Elisa Finland, Ooredoo Kuwait, Vodacom Lesotho, T-Mobile Polska, Ooredoo Qatar, KT South Korea, LG U+ South Korea, SK Telecom South Korea, Etisalat UAE, AT&T US, C Spire US and Verizon US have already announced their 5G launches in 2018.
Optus Australia, VIVA Baharain, China Telecom, Vodafone Czech Republic, Fenoya Farore Islands, DNA Telia Finland, VIVA Kuwait, Alfa Lebanon, Melta Malta, Vodafone Qatar, Rain South Africa, Sprint US, T-Mobile US, Vodafone Ireland, Wind Tre Italy, Globe Telecom Philippines, PLDT Philippines, Comsal South Africa, Swissom Switzerland, EE UK and Three UK will launch 5G in 2019.
Batelco Bahrain, Rogers Canada, Entel Chile, China Mobile, Telia Estonia, TM Italy, Orange France, KDDI Japan, NTT Docomo Japan, SoftBank Japan, Zain Kuwait, Monaco Telecom Monaco, Altice Portugal, STC Saudi Arabia, Orange Spain, Sunrise Switzerland, du UAE, Vodafone UK, Claro US, among others, are also expected to join the 5G bandwagon in 2019.
This rapid escalation of deployment plans comes in spite of the fact that 3GPP standards for 5G are not expected to be final until 2020, Viavi Solutions said in its report called State of 5G Deployments. The report did not reveal the specific number of deployments by 5G mobile operators.
Service providers need to be careful about finalizing architectures, and detailed technical information about deployment plans is still limited at this point, Sameh Yamany, chief technology officer of VIAVI Solutions said.