44 telecom operators have commercially launched 5G networks in 26 countries, according to the latest research report from mobile consultancy Hadden Telecoms.
What is 5G exactly?
It’s the next – fifth-generation of mobile internet connectivity promising much faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections.
It’s all about making better use of the radio spectrum and enabling far more devices to access the mobile internet at the same time.
The fastest current 4G mobile networks offer about 45Mbps (megabits per second) on average, although the industry is still hopeful of achieving 1Gbps (gigabit per second = 1,000Mbps). Chipmaker Qualcomm reckons 5G could achieve browsing and download speeds about 10 to 20 times faster in real-world (as opposed to laboratory) conditions.
287 network operators are investing in 5G
The number of commercially launched 5G networks has doubled in under 3 months. The report said 287 network operators are investing in 5G in 105 countries.
The analysis report indicates that Vodafone Group has emerged as the leading company with presence in several 5G markets across the world.
China is planning to launch its 5G network nationwide starting this October, choosing Shanghai as the first city to enjoy the new wireless service.
Have you bought your new (5G) phone already?