A Sprinting Start to the 5G Marathon

by Emanuel Kolta | 3Q 2019 | IN-5581
On June 10, 2019, the three South Korean Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) reached a cumulative one million 5G subscribers after only 69 days. This broke the record set by 4G, which took 80 days to reach the same number back in 2011. In parallel with the South Korean 5G deployment success, other early deployers are also working hard on their 5G infrastructure: the United States has approximately 100,000 subscribers and the United Kingdom also ended June with 150,000 5G subscribers, supporting the claim that 5G is already here and definitely progressing much faster than previous generations. On the device side, while there was no real 4G capable chipset available in the first year of 4G, there will be four 5G capable chipsets immediately available in the first year of 5G. This is similar to the situation with smartphones: there was no 4G capable smartphone in the first year of 4G, but ABI Research expects more than 1005G capable devices by the end of 2019. The mobile infrastructure was also half-baked in the first year of 4G, with roughly 400 base stations. However, ABI Research anticipates there will be more than 250,000 5G base stations by the end of this year.

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