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South Korea:

5G SK Telecom (SKT)
5G LG Uplus
5G Korea Telecom

5G SKT / Samsung (Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Intel and Rohde & Schwarz) completes 5G field trial;

5G Korea Telecom / NEC is testing at Phoenix Park Ski World in PyeongChang;

KT Corporation launched 5G at Lotte World Tower in Seoul;
5G SKT and 5G Korea Telecom showcase 5G service at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang

Plan to have 5% of the country's mobile users on a 5G network by 2020.
South Korea (SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus) launched the world's first nationwide 5G mobile on April 3, 2019

USA dismisses South Korea’s launch of world-first 5G network;

European Commission dismisses USA and South Korea 5G launches;

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was launched to tie into the release of South Korea's 5G network

KT SAT Conducts World's First Satellite 5G Connection - 36,000 kilometres away (Nov 25, 2019)


5G China Mobile
5G China Mobile / ZTE completed testing the world’s first pre-5G massive MIMO base station.

Chinese ZTE Gigabit Phone- the world’s first phone capable of using 5G connectivity was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC)- Feb 28, 2017.
ZTE GM 5G standalone architecture functionality test (Sep 2018).
ZTE plans to launch its first 5G phone in the first half of 2019
Huawei to launch 5G at Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt (June 21- July 19, 2019)
Huawei claims world first 5G hardware for automotive industry (April 22, 2019)
China's three major state telecom operators rolled out 5G nationwide coverage (50 cities) on Nov 1, 2019.

United States (USA):

5G Verizon; 5G AT&T ; 5G T-Mobile USA; 5G Sprint; 5G Google; 5G Facebook; Qualcomm Technologies (San Diego)- first 5G mobile connection (Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset), with a connection speed of 1 Gbit/s

5G Verizon (with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung) testing in "sandboxes" (small testing areas) in Waltham (MA), San Francisco (CA),Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Piscataway (NJ), HQ New York;

5G AT&T / Ericsson testing in Middletown (NJ) ; 5G AT&T / Nokia testing in Austin (TX): 5G AT&T testing in Atlanta (GA) , San Ramon (CA);

5G T-Mobile USA testing in HQ Bellevue (WA); 5G Sprint/Nokia & Ericsson demos at Copa soccer games in Santa Clara, Philadelphia in June 2016 ; 5G Google (Skybender) testing via solar drones in NM; 5G Facebook (Terragraph / ARIES) testing in Menlo Park (CA), San Jose;

AT&T rolls out mobile 5G service in 12 US cities- requires Netgear hotspot (Dec 2018);
Verizon - Disney and The New York Times are using high-speed 5G technologies;
Sprint /Nokia/Qualcomm completed the world's first over-the-air 5G data transmission using 2.5 GHz on its commercial network (Jan 2019);
T-Mobile / Ericsson / Intel - world's first 5G data call and video call on 600 MHz on a live commercial network. (Jan 2019);
Sprint (2.5GHz mid-band) 5G service cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City (late May 2019); Chicago (July 2019); Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (late Aug 2019)

Verizon 5G service cities: Chicago, Minneapolis (Apr 3, 2019); Denver (Jun 27, 2019); Providence (Jul 1, 2019); St. Paul (Jul 18, 2019); Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C. (Jul 31, 2019); Phoenix (Aug 23, 2019); Boise (Sep 26, 2019); Panama City (Sep 26, 2019); New York City (Sep 26, 2019); Dallas (Oct 25, 2019); Omaha (Oct 25, 2019); Boston, Houston, Sioux Falls (Nov 19, 2019);

T-Mobile to launch a nationwide 5G network on Dec 6, 2019 that covers 5,000 cities and 200 million people (low-band).

AT&T to launch 5G in the first half of December in five cities: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, and San Diego; to launch 5G in 10 more cities: Birmingham, Boston, Bridgeport, Buffalo, Las Vegas, Louisville, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco, and San Jose by Feb 2020.


5G NTT DoCoMo / Huawei have demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 3.6Gbps in the world's first large-scale public network test of 5G in Chengdu, China;

5G NTT DoCoMo / Nokia trial of real-time transmission of 8K of 48Gbps video (on May 19, 2016) ;

5G NTT DoCoMo / Toyota tested controlling a humanoid robot on 5G (Nov, 2018)

5G NTT DoCoMo is planning to launch 5G service at venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.


5G MegaFon; 5G Rostelecom; 5G MTS ; 5G VimpelCom (Beeline) ; 5G MegaFon / Huawei testing fifth-generation cellular networks via TV channel "Russia 24"

5G MTS / Nokia & Ericsson tested at the World Cup soccer games in Russia in 2018.

5G trial Rostelecom / Ericsson in St. Petersberg and 5G trial Rostelecom / Nokia in Skolkovo

5G MegaFon tested in Russia World Cup 2018

Russian mobile operators are set to launch commercial 5G networks in 2020;

MTS, Megafon, Beeline and Tele2 to create a single 5G operator.


5G - Ooredoo;
5G - Vodafone;
Ooredoo - working on implementing 5G since 2016;

Ooredoo Qatar claims first live 5G commercially available network (5G through the apps) - waiting for manufacturers to start producing 5G capable mobile devices;
Vodafone Qatar has deployed its 5G network in Katara, Abu Hamour, Al Azizya, Al Mamoura, Al Rayyan, Salwa Road, Umm Salal Muhamme, Souq Waqif
Vodafone and ESL launch world's first international 5G mobile eSports contest


5G - Du;
5G - Etisala;

Du and ZTE's Axon Pro 10 handset to launch commercial 5G services in July 2019 ?
European Union:


5G Ericsson / Swisscom .
Ericsson / Swisscom launched 5G network in in 54 cities and communities (April 17, 2019).

Swiss carrier Sunrise is covering 309 towns and cities across Switzerland (Nov , 2019).


5G Centre for Communication Systems Research

5G CCSR (Huawei, Fujitsu, EE, Aircom, BT, Samsung, Telefonica, Vodafone, Aeroflex and Rohde & Schwarz) testing in Surrey University;

EE plans to offer the OnePlus 5G smartphone. The UK operator EE plans to launch 5G in 2019 (London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester) on May 30, 2019.
Vodafone UK plans to release 5G in the Lake District and Cornwall in 2019;
EE launched 5G network in 6 cities (London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester) (May 30, 2019); Vodafone launched 5G in July 2019; O2 launched 5G in Oct 2019;

Three 5G launch delayed until Q1 2020;


5G lab testing - Telefonica / ZTE Corporation .
Vodafone Spain launched 5G trials in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Barcelona (June 2018).

5G network in La Nave, Madrid (Sep, 2018).

Orange plans to launch 5G in Spain in 2019. Vodafone / Huawei launched 5G network in 15 major Spanish cities (Nov 25, 2019).


5G Deutsche Berlin Telekom
5G Vodafone Germany
Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Huawei achieved what it claimed to be the world’s first verification of 5G NR interoperability in an operator environment (in Shanghai, China)

Telefonica Germany/ Nokia finished building their "5G Cluster" in Berlin (Dec, 2018)

Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany plan to launch commercial 5G operations in Germany in 2020.


5G TeliaSonera

5G TeliaSonera / Ericsson testing in in Stockholm, Tallinn (Estonia);

TeliaSonera / Ericsson / KTH Royal Institute of Technology launched 5G testbed in Stockholm (Dec 2018);
TeliaSonera plans a commercial launch of 5G in Sweden in 2020.


5G TeliaSonera

5G TeliaSonera / Ericsson testing in in Stockholm, Tallinn (Estonia);

Ericsson, Intel and Telia Estonia - first live public 5G network in Europe at the Port of Tallinn to connect with Tallink cruise ships at the port.

TeliaSonera / TalTech University/ Ericsson first 5G test network went live on Dec 20, 2018.


5G Test Network Finland

5G TNF / Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia testing in Oulu, Finland;

Telia / Helsinki Airport - first 5G airport in the world in pre-commercial 5G network (Dec 2018).
Elisa Oyj Finland opened a commercial 5G network in Tampere and Tallinn in June 2018 (second carrier to launch ‘world’s first’ 5G network ?)
DNA to launch 5G in Helsinki in the beginning of 2019.


5G T-Mobile Netherlands
5G Ericsson / VodafoneZiggo
T-Mobile Netherlands activates a Massive MIMO antenna at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.

5G test Ericsson / VodafoneZiggo ;
Dutch govt sees 5G roll-out starting in 2020;


5G Orange

5G Orange testing in Belfort;

5G Orange plans to provide this new telephony standard to its customers from 2019


5G - Telenor Norway;
5G - Telia;
Telenor tested 5G in early 2017 before launching three 5G base stations in Kongsberg in November, 2018.
Telia opened its first 5G test network (Dec, 2018).
Telia / Odeon movie theater in Oslo test- world's first 5G cinema.
Telenor launches the first 5G pilot in Scandinavia (Nov 8, 2018)

Telenor plans to launch 5G in Norway in 2020.

Telenor launches Scandinavia’s largest 5G pilot in the Norwegian municipality of Elverum (Sep 26, 2019)


5G Singtel

5G Singtel / Ericsson trial in the second half of 2016;

StarHub / Nokia have completed the first outdoor pilot of 5G New Radio in Singapore (Nov 2018);


5G Telstra
5G Optus

5G Telstra / Ericsson testing;

5G Optus / Huawei testing in Newcastle;

5G Telstra / Ericsson is planning for trial in Gold Coast during the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Over 200 Telstra 5G mobile base stations are now online across Australia.
Telstra plans to release Australia’s first 5G smartphone and modem on May 28, 2019.


5G Indian Telcos and Nokia is in discussion to start 5G trials.

Reliance Jio plans to provide 5G services in 2020 ?


Pakistan approves the launch of 5G technology and allowed the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) to conduct tests and trials for its marketing in the future.
Pakistan to test 5G mobile internet by 2020.


Robi Axiata Limited (Axiata Group Berhad - Malaysia, Bharti Airtel Limited - India, NTT DoCoMo Inc. - Japan) / Huawei
July 25, 2018- Huawei has conducted Bangladesh's first 5G trial at Sonargaon Hotel during Bangladesh 5G Summit 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh;


5G America Movil and Ericsson to test 5G system in Brazil during 2016.
TIM Participacoes SA / Huawei tests 5G in Florianopolis (May 2019)

Sri Lanka:

5G Sri Lanka Telecom

Successful field test Pre-5G LTE Advanced Pro Technology in South Asia

Dialog Axiata / TRCSL did 5G transmission using commercial grade base stations and end user devices (dec 31, 2018) ;

South Africa:

MTN South Africa / Huawei
May 8, 2018- MTN South Africa and Huawei conducted the African continent’s first outdoor 5G field trial in Hatfield, Pretoria;

South Africa data-only network Rain is planning its own 5G roll-out in early in 2019.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was launched to tie into the release of South Korea's 5G network

The First Global 5G Event was hold in Beijing, China on May 31 and June 1, 2016.

5G World Summit takes place in London on the 28-30 June, 2016.

The Second Global 5G Event will take place in Rome (Italy) on November 9-10, 2016.

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