5G news


The Netherlands to award 3.6 GHz band in late 2023

A special advisory committee to the Dutch government has released its recommendation for moving forward on the delayed spectrum award.5G


Policy workshop on EU microchips act to take place June 16

A workshop organised by COREnect will discuss steps to achieve European leadership in microelectronics and connectivity.5G ObservatoryRead More


EU and China lagging behind in mmWave spectrum

The new 5G Observatory report reveals the average EU country has assigned just a fraction of the mmWave spectrum awarded


EU27 achieve 64% 5G population coverage

The new 5G Observatory report reveals a significant increase in the levels of 5G coverage.5G ObservatoryRead More


Report: greater use of non-pioneer bands linked to lower download speeds

The new 5G Observatory report says two thirds of European mobile operators are including non-pioneer bands in their 5G rollout.5G


5G Observatory releases new streamlined quarterly report

The 5G Observatory has published its new quarterly report which gives readers an updated overview of major new 5G developments


Slovakia completes 3.5 GHz 5G auction

The country’s leading four operators all won licences in the award, which raised a total of €63.6 million.5G ObservatoryRead More


New industry body offers support and funding for 5G startups

Bouygues Telecom, Cellnex, KPN, MTN, Telefonica and WindTre have come together in a new telco alliance, named Alaian, to connect


Nokia launches 5G Open Lab to accelerate private wireless networks in South Korea

The initiative will allow local companies to test their solutions and services and will use licences in the 4.5 GHz


Cyprus is “first EU country with 100% 5G coverage”

Having recently completed their 5G mobile network, Cyprian operator Cyta claims it now covers the country’s whole population.5G ObservatoryRead More


RAND publishes “Securing 5G – A Way Forward in the U.S. and China Security Competition”

RAND Corporation just published a new research report: “Securing 5G – A Way Forward in the U.S. and China Security


NIST publishes updated draft of 5G Cybersecurity Practice Guide

National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) just published a preliminary


European Commission approves Italy’s €2bn 5G incentive plan

The European Commission will entirely fund the Italian plan which provides incentives for mobile operators to build new 5G infrastructure.5G


EE and Qualcomm achieve 5G spectrum aggregation

British mobile operator EE says it is the first European network to combine seven spectrum carriers and achieve speeds up


Over 1000 commercial 5G devices now available

According to the GSA, which represents mobile equipment suppliers, the number of announced 5G devices rose by 3.2% in March


5G overtakes 3G on Three’s UK network

The British network operator says that usage of its 5G network has increased by 385% since 2020.5G ObservatoryRead More


Softbank says its 5G network now covers 90% of Japan’s population

The operator also says it has raised €255m through a special loan programme to further expand its network.5G ObservatoryRead More


Report: Spain to reach 8.6 million 5G subscribers by end 2022

A new forecast based on data from the analyst firm Omdia uses operator coverage data to predict this growth in


Introducing Society 5.0

Self-help authors and politicians seem to agree on at least one thing: mindset matters. The shelves of bookstores worldwide are


US DoD offering up to $3 million to help make 5G more compatible

The United States Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunication


Lufthansa expands its private 5G network in Hamburg

Lufthansa Technik, which provides maintenance and repair services for aeroplanes has announced that it will expand its private 5G network


Vodafone partners with Deutsche Bahn to provide 5G coverage to railways

German mobile operator Vodafone says it will provide extensive standalone 5G coverage to railways by 2025.5G ObservatoryRead More


French regulator says number of 5G users doubles in Q4 2022

The French telecoms regulator ARCEP says that three million people now use 5G networks in the country.5G ObservatoryRead More


Deutsche Telekom: 5G network now has over 5,000 antennas in 3.6 GHz

The German operator also says their 5G services are available in over 200 cities.5G ObservatoryRead More


Telefónica says its 5G network covers 30% of Germany’s population

Telefónica Germany, which operates under the brand name O2 says it now operates 10,000 5G antennas in the country.5G ObservatoryRead


Bangladesh completes 5G auction

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has concluded its auction for licences in the 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.5G


Vodafone UK to deploy marine-focused 5G trials

The operator will build a marine-focused private network in collaboration with Nokia in the port of Plymouth.5G ObservatoryRead More


French regulator says 5G will reduce energy consumption

The French regulator Arcep says that introducing 5G in the 3.6 GHz band will lead to reduced energy consumption when


South Africa completes 5G auction

South African regulator ICASA has announced that it has raised a total of €891m in its long-awaited auction.5G ObservatoryRead More


German government aims for full 5G population coverage by 2030

This goal was unveiled by the Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport in its new Gigabit strategy plan.5G ObservatoryRead More


Global 5G smartphone sales surpass 4G for the first time

New data by Counterpoint Research suggests that 51% of all smartphones sold in January 2022 were 5G capable.5G ObservatoryRead More


Italian government makes €2bn in incentives available for 5G

The announcement was made by Infratel Italia, which says the funds will be used to improve 5G infrastructure in the


Apple leads the 5G transition, reports claim

Perhaps more than any company, Apple is translating the 5G upgrade cycle into a license to print money. But the


Vodafone UK and Ericsson trial on-demand 5G network slicing

The two companies say the trial is the first of its kind to place in the United Kingdom.5G ObservatoryRead More


German operator 1&1 to launch 5G network by year-end

1&1 Mobil, which currently operates as an MVNO (Mobile virtual network operator) says its network will feature 1000 base stations.5G


Lithuanian regulator to allow operators to use existing spectrum holdings for 5G

The ruling, which was made by the Lithuanian Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) will likely enable mobile operators to roll out


Deutsche Telekom trails 5G valet parking

The German mobile operator conducted the test with BMW and Valeo.5G ObservatoryRead More


Telenor Norway launches 5G TV service

The Norwegian telecommunications company has launched a new TV service that uses 5G fixed wireless access instead of relying on


Apple reveals new budget iPhone with 5G

The third-generation iPhone SE model is the first low-cost iPhone to support 5G.5G ObservatoryRead More


VEON announces ‘Always-on’ system using network slicing technology

The company says this new network will ensure financial services can continue to operate when mobile voice and messaging services


MEO Portugal says its 5G services cover 50% of the population

The operator says it has invested over €1 billion in its network infrastructure to achieve this coverage level.5G ObservatoryRead More


Vodafone targets Open RAN in 30% of its European network sites by 2030

The operator made the announcement at Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona.5G ObservatoryRead More


5G spectrum costs in Europe 10% lower than 4G

New data from Analysys Mason predicts that mobile operators in Europe will pay a total of €34.8bn for 5G spectrum.5G


China adds 28 million 5G subscribers in January

Although this is a sizeable increase, many of these new subscribers were already existing customers who have been migrated to


Is Apple’s Qualcomm relationship already on the rocks?

Apple and Qualcomm have never enjoyed the easiest relationship and the two companies were involved in litigation before they agreed


Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom conduct global network slicing trial

Ericsson describes the trial as a “breakthrough” proof of concept.5G ObservatoryRead More


6G kísérlet: 1Tbps

Kínai kutatóknak sikerült egy másodperc alatt 1 TB adatot továbbítaniuk 1 km távolságra. Ez a rekord megmutatta, milyen óriási sávszélesség


Why Apple spent billions to get to 5G — services

Carriers are ramping up their 5G infrastructure even as Apple has introduced iPhones that support the standard. Data speeds are


Commercial 5G services now available in all 27 EU countries

Recent 5G launches in Portugal and Lithuania mark the achievement of a major 5G Action Plan target.5G ObservatoryRead More


5G Observatory releases latest quarterly report

The 5G Observatory has published a new report which gives readers an updated overview of major new developments in Europe


Rural populations may miss out on the benefits of 5G

The new 5G Observatory report which has been published today, suggests that an urban-centric 5G rollout may widen the digital


Vodafone Germany launches 5G standalone network at University Hospital

Vodafone says this will enable the university to begin developing 5G use cases.5G ObservatoryRead More


Vodafone UK switches on first OpenRAN site

The operator plans to have 2,500 OpenRAN sites by 2027.5G ObservatoryRead More


Report: 5G coverage doubles in Europe

European telcos are also spending more on investment according to the study, yet the continent is still trailing international peers.5G