Competition is ferocious on the 5G worldwide stage. International 5G activity is growing at a fever terrain, as sellers and service providers in technology-focused countries toil on early 5G network trials and test 5G with friendly users.
The following countries are most likely to have launch 5G earliest and with a bang. 2019 to 2020 is a likely timeframe for the first commercial 5G network.
Japan is assembling its communications industry in the hopes of being among the top 5G network players. According to Nikkei Asian Review, NTT DoCoMo and Sohgo Security Services established advanced security service based on 5G network technology to determine the efficiency of the service in handling security for the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Olympics. The trial involved the use of artificial intelligence (AI), a drone with an HD 4K camera, and smartphones.
KT (South Korea)
Two service providers in South Korea are competing to be first to market with a 5G network. SK Telecom has developed spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz frequencies in expectation of deploying 5G. In the meantime, Korea Telecom made a squelch in early 2017 with its statement that it would roll out a trial 5G network in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. The trial network is expected to cover events in Bokwang, Gangneung, Jeongseon, PyeongChang, and Seoul.
The United States has some advantages in the 5G network race. Namely, the U.S. already has a lead when it comes to existing 4G networks, thanks to spectrum holdings and the use of unlicensed spectrum. The United States also leads the way in spectrum efficiency, permitting the repurposing of broadcast spectrum for broadband. There are quite a few companies fighting to secure 5G position including AT&T and Verizon
China Mobile (China)
China is also predictable to be a fast-mover in 5G. The GSMA estimates that by 2025 China will represent 40 percent of global 5G connections. According to a study from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, the research arm of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), 5G could account for 3.2 percent of China’s entire GDP in 2025, produce 8 million jobs, and add 2.9 trillion yuan in economic value by 2030. As starved consumers demand more and more 5G services, the country expects a huge increase in the number of new companies, employment opportunities, and equipment sales.
Along with these, there are other countries too who are striving to introduce 5G to the country. These include the following