Viavi Solutions recently revealed its new report titled “The State of 5G Deployments.” As per the report, commercial 5G networks have been deployed in 378 cities across 34 countries, as of January 2020.
The country with most cities having 5G availability is South Korea with 85 cities, followed by China with 57, the United States at 50, and the U.K. with 31 cities. In terms of regional coverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) leads the way with 168 cities where 5G networks have been deployed. Asia is second with 156 cities, followed by Americas with 54 cities covered by 5G. The deployments include both mobile and fixed wireless 5G networks.
As the battle for 5G supremacy heats up, VIAVI findings indicate that a number of operators are blanketing the largest population centres, with as many as five communications service providers (CSPs) deploying 5G in cities such as Los Angeles and New York.
“For 5G operators there is a heady mixture of optimism and fear,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, VIAVI. “The optimism is related to a plethora of new commercial applications that could change operator economics for the better, even though they may not feel the commercial impact for some time. The immediate fear is that they will get left behind in the short-term marketing battle by rival’s operators if they are not fast enough in their landgrab.”
Additionally, Sameh stated, “Very quickly, the overarching driver will change from simply having 5G network availability to having the best 5G networks. Even as operators continue their 5G build-out, they will simultaneously have to shift gears from network validation and verification through advanced analytics and automated network troubleshooting. The race for the best 5G network has only just begun.”