BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Countries 2018


The emerging 5G technology has attracted intense interest from the ICT industry and wider community due to its potential to increase opportunities for developments related to IoT including M2M communications, virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence and mission critical communication. It is also expected to enhance overall capacity, speed and latency of the mobile networks.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has research underway towards a global standard. While it is expected that the full standardization process won’t be completed until around early 2020 – we are beginning to see a clearer picture of what 5G entails and many countries are beginning to consider spectrum requirements and conduct trials and testing.

In 2018 there has become an obvious “race to market” competition around the world with operators and governments all wanting to be the first to capture the opportunities presented by the 5G evolution.

BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts have identified over 20 countries it sees as demonstrating progress towards 5G development, with representation from Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. In the emerging markets of Latin America, the South Pacific and Africa; there is still very little significant activity in the 5G area taking place at this stage.

This report explores and analyses the current progress of the 5G evolution including timelines for developments, spectrum candidates, key considerations for government and the potential uses and applications associated with 5G. In addition, the report provides initial industry forecasts as well as insights into countries demonstrating progress towards 5G.

Key development:

5G is an evolutionary process and countries which are progressing with 5G development also have well established LTE networks.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. 5G is an evolutionary process
  • 3. 5G in the global context
    • 3.1 5G statistics and forecasts
  • 4. The spectrum issue
    • 4.1 5G spectrum developments
    • 4.2 5G speeds
  • 5. Regional overview of progress towards 5G
    • 5.1 Examples of 5G developments – selected countries
  • 6. 5G – brief country case studies
    • 6.1 China
    • 6.2 Taiwan
    • 6.3 Finland
    • 6.4 Qatar
  • 7. Key considerations for governments and operators
  • 8. Key industry consortiums
    • 8.1 3G PPP
    • 8.2 IMT 2020
    • 8.3 5G Vertical Industry Accelerator
    • 8.4 5G PPP
  • 9. 5G technologies and services
    • 9.1 What makes 5G special?
    • 9.2 5G as a platform for IoT and smart developments
  • 10. The role of fibre in the development of 5G
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global – market share of mobile technologies - 2018
  • Table 2 – Global – 5G connections – 2019 - 2022
  • Table 3 – Global –mobile technologies by connections (including 5G) – 2019 - 2022
  • Table 4 – Potential frequency bands for 5G deployment
  • Table 5 – Examples of selected countries demonstrating 5G progress
  • Exhibit 1 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 2 - Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G
  • Exhibit 3 – Potential 5G elements
  • Exhibit 4 – Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Last updated 4 Jul 2018
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Analysts: Phil Harpur

Henry Lancaster
Kylie Wansink

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