5G Technology: Countries that are leading the 5G Race in the world

Pooja Uniyal Pooja Uniyal
May 15, 2021 6 min read
5G Technology: Countries that are leading the 5G Race in the world

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Countries all across the world are racing to deploy 5G. 5G networks, once placed perfectly, will impact everybody and everything. It will change the face of remote industries, smart cities, and digital transmissions.

Every country understands the power of connectivity and is keen to commercialize 5G. It is meant to connect new industries through its high multi-Gbps data speed. It will provide increased reliability, immense network capacity, and a more uniform user experience.

Germany
UK
Hong Kong
Switzerland
Kuwait
Canada
Taiwan
Australia
South Korea
Saudi Arabia
China
USA
FAQ

Below is the list of top countries that already have 5G

Germany

Average 5G's speed: 102.0 Mbps

Service Providers: Vodafone, Telefonica Deutschland

Germany is one of the leading users of the 5G network. 5G services are available in around 1000 towns across the country. Telefonica Deutschland has already reached 16 million people. The Vodafone CEO said, β€œWe aim to reach 30M people by the end of 2021.”

UK

Average 5G's Speed: 133.5 Mbps

Service Providers: EE, Vodafone, Three UK, O2

United Kingdoms is one of the earliest countries to commercialize 5G. Here, the service providers began 5G in May 2019. It has expanded to 125 towns now. Vodafone's 5G was made available to Coventry University to train student nurses and healthcare workers through virtual reality. Meanwhile, another service provider, Three UK is focusing more on providing 5G for homes and 1.6 million households are now covered.

Hong Kong

Average 5G's Speed: 142. 8 Mbps

Service Providers: China Mobile Hong Kong, 3 Hong Kong, HKT, SmarTone

Hong Kong is comparatively new to the race of 5G. 5G in Hong Kong became active in 2020 only. China Mobile, SmarTone, and other operators have acquired 200 MHz of the whole 3.5 GHz spectrum for HKD 1 billion i.e., $129 million. 5G is available in both indoor and outdoor locations. China Mobile claims that it is going to cover 90% of all Hong Kong City.

Switzerland

Average 5G's Speed: 150.7 Mbps

Service Providers: Salt, Sunrise, Swisscom

5G has also begun in Switzerland and it’s already have secured second place in top countries to serve 5G. Swisscom and Ericsson covered over 54 cities. They aim to provide 5G to everybody in the country whether they're living in the countryside, city or mountains. However, the government of Switzerland is also concerned about the adverse effects of the radiation coming from the 5G towers. They're actively working to control it.

Kuwait

Average 5G's Speed: 150.7 Mbps

Service Providers: Zain Kuwait, STC, Ooredoo

Kuwait is one of the earliest 5G consuming countries. It started serving 5G in mid-2019. Kuwait has the largest mobile penetration in the world. The introduction of 5G will take internet usage to the next level. The 5G network will help users to engage with advanced models of technology that can increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve health.


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Canada

Average 5G's speed: 171.8 Mbps

Service Providers: Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, Telus Mobility, Videotron

5G network has been launched in Canada along with mobiles to connect to 5G. It is available through subscription and pre-paid is not yet available. Other smaller network operators will also launch 5G by 2021-22. Also, it’s important to know that old 4G phones cannot be upgraded to 5G so people have to buy a brand new 5G phone to enjoy the high-speed network.

Country with the most cities with 5G availability
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Taiwan

Average 5G's speed: 210.2 Mbps

Service Providers: FarEasTone, Chunghwa, Taiwan Mobile, Tatar

Taiwan launched 5G in July 2020 and reached 1 million subscribers in no time. Chunghwa Telecom claims to have reached 3 million subscribers later that year and 5 million by the end of that year. 5G is growing at a tremendous rate in Taiwan. Taiwan Mobile expects to cover 15 to 20% of all subscribers in the country.

Australia

Average 5G's Speed: 215.7 Mbps

Service Providers: Telstra, Optus, TPG Telecom

Australian telecom service providers have managed to provide 5G services to a large percent of the total population. Telstra alone has covered 50% of the population including 46 towns and cities. Meanwhile, Optus covers over 4 lakh households. Together, they've covered 85% of the total population.


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South Korea

Average 5G's speed:302.7 Mbps

Service Providers: SK Telecom, KT Corp

In South Korea, 5G was initially launched for B2B customers as they had businesses as their main focus. As far as customer focus is concerned, 15% of the total population is using 5G as of September 2020. The government is also supporting 5G service providers with taxes as they plan to expand their network across the country. This opens many gates for a hefty expansion of 5G in South Korea.

Saudi Arabia

Average 5G's speed: 404.2 Mbps

Service Providers: STC, Mobily, Zain

Saudi Arabia has a total of 51 cities under 5G coverage. Saudi Arabia is ambitious with its 5G project as they plan to achieve one goal- "Thriving Society, Thriving Economy, Ambitious Nation". They plan to expand their network to 71 cities by the end of the year. They will be targeting three major sectors through top-class connectivity- oil & gas, public sector, and manufacture.

China

Average 5G's speed: 301.60 Mbps

Service Providers: China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile

China has the world's largest number of 5G subscribers. At the end of February 2021, it was reported to have 260 million 5G subscribers. In the Mobile World Congress 2021, the Chinese government officials claimed that they've invested more than $40.2 billion to build the world's largest 5G network.

It must be noted that China lacks transparency in its claims so they are not trusted by many officials across the world. But still, China has more 5G subscribers than many countries combined.

USA

Average 5G's speed: 70 Mbps

Service Providers: T Mobile, Verizon, AT&T

In the USA, T Mobile is winning the race as it has successfully provided 5G to over 279 cities with over 200 million Americans. Verizon is also working its best to deliver the network speed in 60 major cities. Meanwhile, AT&T serves some parts of many states. The number of cities with 5G connectivity increases each year in the USA.

FAQ

Why is 5G such a big deal?

The new 5G standard is faster and more responsive, which will leverage machine learning, artificial intelligence and to automate network management and security.

Where is the most 5G in the world?

The top three countries that have the most cities with 5G are China, the United States, and South Korea.

When 5G will launch in India?

Jio one of the leading network providers in India has announced that they will be ready to deploy 5G technology in the second half of 2021.

Conclusion

5G will soon take over 4G, 3G, and LTE networks. These were the leading countries that have their citizens already equipped with 5G. It's safe to say that this new super fast network is going to change the way we perceive data transfer. However, we must not forget to keep an eye on the side effects and dangers that these changes pose. But all in all, we should brace ourselves for this new generation of connectivity and speedy downloads.

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