The latest report by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) indicates that the 50th commercial 5G network has now been launched, following the activation of 5G services in China. All the three state-backed telecom operators, China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom have launched next-gen networks and have already registered more than 9 million 5G subscribers. The GSA 5G Market Snapshot marks this deployment as the 50th commercial roll out of a 5G network.
Joe Barrett, the President of the GSA, said, “I think that we have all been surprised by how quickly 5G has taken off, with deployments and commitments from across the globe gathering pace. This latest milestone, combined with commercial launches in the world’s largest mobile market, is set to lead to an explosion in 5G users and also have a knock-on impact on driving both use cases and innovation.”
By the end of October 2019, the mobile industry organisation has identified 328 operators in 109 countries that have officially revealed their plans to invest in 5G networks. Moreover, a total of 69 operators have announced their adherence to 3GPP, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project that defines standards for 5G-compliant technology. The GSA also specified that 39 operators have launched 3GPP-compliant 5G mobile services, and 29 operators have launched 3GPP-compliant 5G FWA or home broadband services.
According to the statement, the latest data on 5G networks is fully available to all employees of the GSA Executive, Ordinary Member companies and GSA Associates who subscribe to the GSA Analyser for Mobile Broadband Devices (GAMBoD) service. Developed by GSA, GAMBoD is a search and analysis tool that enables searches of mobile broadband devices and global data on Mobile Broadband Networks, Technologies and Spectrum (NTS).
In addition, the GSA is actively promoting the roadmap for 3GPP technology (3G, 4G, 5G) and is the exclusive source of information for industry reports and market intelligence. The GSA Executive board includes Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsung, as well as representatives from other companies such as Viavi Solutions and ZTE.