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5G Network Rollout: Which Countries are Leading the Way?


As per the Statista records of June 2022, around 70 countries have already deployed 5G services successfully. Apart from that, 15 other countries were in the partial approach of building mobile 5G networks. This statistic is quite excellent, as there were only 38 countries with 5G deployment in mid-2020. Moving ahead all the developed nations, India has witnessed its fastest 5G rollout, with over 1 lakh 5G BTS deployed in 50 cities and towns nationwide.

Soon, 5G will be part of everyone, and people will be able to use the efficacy of this technological advancement. But for now, let’s find out which countries are leading the path regarding 5G deployment. 


Top Countries with Extensive Deployment of 5G Technology


A report published by VIAVI solutions in 2021 stated that 1662 cities worldwide had access to 5G technology. After two years today, this count has increased stupendously due to the rapid pace of 5G implementation worldwide. 

To help you understand the wide-scale reachability of 5G, here are some of the top countries that are putting in leading efforts in the entire 5G network rollout initiative:


1. China


China is the leader in terms of 5G innovations and deployments. The country has made significant rollouts to support the growth of 5G. As of 2022, they had built around 961,000 base stations for 5G, alongside 365 terminal connections for the network. China has deployed its 5G services in more than 356 cities. 


2. South Korea


South Korea was one of the first countries that adopted 5G back in 2018. The count of 5G subscriptions in South Korea surpassed 9 million in 2020. The country predicts that this number will climb further to surpass the count of 40 million by the end of 2025. 


3. United States


Alongside China, the US is among the biggest players deploying the 5G network. As per a report shared by Ericsson, it is expected for the US to gain around 195 million 5G subscriptions by the end of 2026. Following that, this report also states 5G will be part of the US’s 71% of the entire mobile market by 2029. The United States has deployed 5G services in more than 296 cities. 


4. Spain


After the pandemic was controlled, Spain implemented a recovery strategy. Spain has invested billions in digitization initiatives for the country. Around 80% of Spain's population has access to 5G services. 


5. Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is one of the leaders in the 5G industry. The country is expecting the adoption of 45 million IoT devices with the support of 5G by the end of 2030. Thus, it will create a fruitful market for the country to bring in more revenue. The telecommunication services of the country have an optimal 5G coverage as of today. 

So, these are the top five countries with successful and wide-scale 5G network rollouts. Other countries are buckling up, and soon the entire world will be witnessing the potential of 5G in the technological world. 


Development and Scope of 5G in India


India is currently not among the top five countries leading the way in the rollout of 5G networks. However, the development and scope of 5G in India are promising. 

The Indian government has already begun taking steps to make the country 5G-ready. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released recommendations on the pricing of 5G spectrum, which will help in the allocation of frequencies to telecom operators. 

Furthermore, major telecom companies in India have already started trials of 5G networks. Reliance Jio and Airtel are leading the way.

Airtel has recently announced free Unlimited 5G data offer for prepaid and postpaid users. The development of 5G in India has the potential to revolutionize various industries, such as healthcare, education, and entertainment. With the right investments and infrastructure in place, India can catch up to the leading countries and become a major player in the global 5G market.



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