List of 50 operators who launched 5G service

By the end of October 2019 328 operators in 109 countries had announced they were investing in 5G

The 5G launches in China mean 50 5G operators have now launched 3GPP compliant commercial 5G services, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) said in its latest 5G Market Snapshot.

46% of operators’ 5G network investments are at the testing stage while 19% already deployed 5G networks.


This is a list with live 5G operators:

69 operators had announced that they had deployed 3GPP compliant 5G technology in their networks.

Australia (Optus, Telstra)
Austria (3 Austria)
Bahrain (Batelco, Viva)
China (China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom)
Estonia (Elisa)
Finland (Elisa, TeliaSonera)
Germany (T-Mobile, Vodafone)
Ireland (eir, Vodafone)
Italy (TIM, Vodafone)
Kuwait, (Ooredoo, Viva, Zain)
Latvia (Tele2)
Lesotho (Vodacom)
Maldives (Dhiraagu)

Monaco (Monaco Telecom)

New Zealand (Spark)
Philippines (Globe Telecom)
Qatar (Ooredoo, Vodafone)
Republic of Korea (KT Corporation, LG Uplus, SK Telecom)
Romania (RCS & RDS [Digi Mobil], Vodafone)
Saudi Arabia (STC, Zain)
South Africa (Rain)
Spain (Vodafone)
Switzerland (Sunrise Communications, Swisscom)
UK (3 UK, EE, O2, Vodafone)
United Arab Emirates (Du, Etisalat)
Uruguay (Antel)
USA (AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless)


Of those…
• 39 operators had launched 3GPP-compliant 5G mobile services (36 full launches, 3 limited availability launches).
• 29 operators had launched 3GPP-compliant 5G FWA or home broadband services (19 full launches, 10 limited availability launches).

155 operators investing in NB-IoT in 72 countries; of these, 103 NB-IoT networks are deployed/launched in 55 countries. Sixty-seven operators are investing in LTE-M/Cat-M1 in 39 countries; of these, 42 LTE-M/Cat-M1 networks are deployed/commercially launched in 26 countries.

GSA also stated that in the first nine months of 2019, the number of announced 5G devices grew rapidly, starting with a few announcements and then gathering pace as operators in various parts of the world launched their first commercial 5G services.

According to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) research, in the Chinese mobile industry, the number of jobs created directly and indirectly reached 8.5 million in 2018, creating an economic growth of 5.2 trillion yuan (including direct contribution, indirect contribution and productivity improvement). ). The association also predicts that by 2023, mobile communications will contribute about 6 trillion yuan of GDP to the Chinese economy, and the industry’s focus will accelerate its transfer to 5G.

4G changes life, 5G changes society.

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