5G is the newest wireless networking technology that phones, smartwatches, cars, and other mobile devices, and who knows what else, will use in the coming years, but it's not yet available in every region around the world.
As of February 2021, over 30% of the world's countries have 5G. Some estimates forecast that by 2026, 5G subscriptions will reach 3.5 billion.Miguel Co / Ach5
For daily updates on how 5G is developing around the globe, see 5G: The Latest News & Updates. Also, check out which 5G phones are available right now and when others are coming.
North America 5G
North Americans have been seeing 5G networks pop up in sporadic places for a couple of years now, limited in scope mostly due to the elemental challenges of 5G networks. Estimates say that by 2023, up to 32 percent of North American mobile connections will be on a 5G network.
5G fixed wireless broadband internet from Verizon and others is currently available at a handful of locations, and Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have mobile 5G services available in various cities. More areas will get at-home and mobile 5G this year, from those companies and others like U.S. Cellular.When Is 5G Coming to the US? (Updated for 2021)
Rogers Communications began rolling out theirs in early 2020 after investing over $4 billion USD on 5G in 2019. The new network currently covers 130 towns and cities. Learn more about the plans Rogers has for 5G to see when they expect a live network around the country.
Telus Mobility began rolling out their network in June 2020, in Vancouver, Montreal, the Greater Toronto Area, and other locations.
In December 2020, Videotron began offering its new network, beginning with customers in in Montreal.When Is 5G Coming to Canada? (Updated for 2021)
In late 2017, the Mexican telecommunications company América Móvil announced the release of 4.5 networks in anticipation of a 5G release.
Wireless provider Claro began testing 5G in Puerto Rico in 2019.
Altice is clearly working on a 5G network but there isn't any mention on how to buy it or where you can get it.
The president of Claro has said that their network is "fully ready for 5G, once the frequency bidding process is carried out, we will be able to offer true solutions that our customers can enjoy." They currently offer GigaRed Claro which they say is a prelude to 5G.
In 2017, BTC announced that they were working with its providers on eventually launching 5G.
Attorney General Carl Bethel said in March 2021 that "5G is coming.”
Central America 5G
Central American countries will most likely see a slow 5G rollout.
Ericsson announced in December 2018, that Tigo had chosen the company to modernize its radio access network. The deal "includes the provision of a 5G-ready multi-standard network."
There's no word on when 5G will reach Honduras but this agreement is an important first step. Their first 4.5G site arrived in mid-2020, which is another stepping stone closer to a full rollout.
South America 5G
South American countries with the greatest populations began to see 5G come out in spurts beginning in late 2019.
Entel is the largest telecommunications company in Chile and has partnered with Ericsson to bring 5G wireless service to Chilean customers.
5G Americas' Latin America director José Otero says:Chile has the necessary infrastructure in high-capacity capacity centers to support a 5G launch. This technology should arrive in Chile no later than 2020 or 2021.
Movistar and Ericsson tested 5G systems in 2017 and will likely roll it out to customers around the same time that Chile sees 5G.
Vivo's network became available in eight cities by July 2020.
Tim got its network up and running in three cities by September 2020.
Claro is another company working on 5G. They first launched the network on July 14, 2020, but it's currently restricted to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and some other areas. Check that link for the most up-to-date listing.
Telefónica Telecom, Colombia's largest telecommunications company, ran trials throughout 2020 and might launch in mid-2021.
In July 2018, Ericsson and Telefónica Telecom demonstrated a 5G data transfer of 27 Gbps in Bogotá.
Tigo reached a deal with Ericsson to prepare their network for 5G. Ericsson said in December 2018, that they will...expand TIGO's existing network and modernize the existing 2G/3G and 4G sites, making the network the best fit for TIGO to deliver 5G and IoT services in the future.
It's not yet clear when customers will see 5G in Paraguay, but this deal is definitely a good starting point.
SETAR is Aruba's leading communications provider, and through a partnership with Nokia, the two expect full coverage on the island by 2022.
5G is live in a handful of areas, with widespread coverage expected this year.
These three South Korean companies collaborated to bring mobile 5G to the country on December 1, 2018: SK Telecom, LG Uplus, and KT. They began with 5G service for select businesses only, but on April 5, opened up 5G for others, too, via the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
The SK Telecom service provider started offering 5G service to a wide population on April 5 via their four 5G plans. This came after the company started a limited 5G service with the Myunghwa Industry manufacturing company. SKT's 5G service plans come after trialing 5G in 2017 and using 5G in their self-driving test site K-City.
LG Uplus' network went live in Seoul and surrounding locations, with LS Mtron as their first customer. With over 4,000 5G base stations positioned in Incheon, Seoul, and Gyeonggi, the company planned over 7,000 more to be deployed by the end of 2018.
KT Corporation launched pre-commercial 5G services at Lotte World Tower in Seoul and six other areas including Jeju, Ulleungdo, and Dokdo. On April 5 of 2019, they launched unlimited 5G services, and expanded coverage to a total of 85 cities by the end of 2019.
KT previously collaborated with Intel to showcase 5G service at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, and plans to invest over $20 billion through 2023 in 5G and other innovative technologies.
According to the ICT and Broadcasting Technology Policy director at the Ministry of Science and ICT, Heo Won-seok, 90 percent of the country's mobile users will be on a 5G network by 2026.When Is 5G Coming to South Korea? (Updated for 2021)
NTT DOCOMO is Japan's largest wireless carrier. They've been studying and experimenting with 5G since 2010 and launched pre-commercial 5G services in September 2019 before officially launching on March 25, 2020.
au by KDDI launched their network on March 26, 2020.
SoftBank began its 5G services on March 27 for 1,000 yen /month ($9 USD).
Rakuten Mobile launched 5G on September 30, 2020, at 2,980 yen /month ($28 USD).
Three wireless carriers launched 5G in China on October 31, 2019: China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.
3 Hong Kong kicked off service on April 1, 2020. According to the press release, at launch, it covered indoor and outdoor areas in all districts in Hong Kong.
SmarTone began offering theirs in Hong Kong in May 2020. Territory-wide coverage is expected by mid-2021.When Is 5G Coming to China? (Updated for 2021)
According to Ooredoo, a telecom company in Qatar that has been working on implementing 5G since 2016, they were the first company in the world to provide commercial 5G access. In partnership with Ericsson, they'll also use 5G for home broadband service.
Vodafone is another company providing 5G in Qatar. In late 2018, they launched in Katara Cultural Village and Souq Waqif, and before that, in Abu Hamour, Azizya, Al Mamoura, Al Rayyan, Salwa Road, and Umm Salal Mohammed. Vodafone Qatar offers unlimited 5G plans and a handful of 5G phones.
Two telecommunication companies in Kuwait have launched 5G service.
Zain was the first, announcing the launch in June 2018; sign up here. There are lots of devices you can use, including Huawei routers, a Netgear hotspot, some Samsung phones, and others.
On the same day, just hours later, Ooredoo announced similar news. Their SIM-only 5G plans allow anything from 1 TB up to unlimited data usage.
STC (formerly called VIVA) is another company in Kuwait that has launched 5G services. You have to subscribe to a 5G plan to use it.
United Arab Emirates
UAE 5G became available via Etisalat on May 30, 2019. There are several 5G phones available for purchase; see where you can access the network here. In late 2020, they opened up 5G services for home users on fixed-line networks.
5G is also available from du. They announced in early 2019 the rollout of 700 5G sites. Their partners include Nokia and Huawei. Check current and future deployments of the new network on their 5G coverage map, and see their device options here.
Virgin Mobile, a brand also operated under du, is another 5G-ready company deploying this next-gen network across the UAE. See which 5G phones they have available.
Omantel offers mobile 5G services. View plans and compatible devices here.
You can also get 5G in your home (up to 1 TB per month) with Ooredoo.
In 2018, one of India's largest telecom providers (then called Idea Cellular) merged with Vodafone and is now called Vi. Vodafone was already preparing for 5G, having set up "future ready technology" in 2017 by upgrading their entire network to support it.
Bharti Airtel announced in early 2021 that their network is 5G ready.
Reliance Jio is another mobile network operator in India that plans to provide 5G in the second half of 2021. They're also intending on releasing their own 5G handsets.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is another. They signed a memorandum of understanding with Ciena, a networking systems company, in early 2019 to prepare its network for 5G.
A test network was erected in 2020 from Cavil Wireless.
Anyone who attended the Asian Games in 2018 could have tried out 5G in Jakarta, Indonesia. A special Telkomsel SIM card was needed in order to connect to the network.
It's unclear when Indonesia will see commercial 5G begin to roll out, but a trial of this size was a great indicator that they're on a track of some sort. Plus, the company has partnered with Ericsson to upgrade their network in preparation for 5G.
In March 2021, the company said this about what follows after that 2018 trial:Since then, Telkomsel has continued to carry out further trials supported by collaboration with a number of strategic partners and stakeholders, such as that carried out by Telkomsel through the “Telkomsel 5G for Industry 4.0” initiative which was held in Batam at the end of 2019. In the future, Telkomsel will continue to focus on maturing 5G implementation in Indonesia.
Turkcell is Turkey's largest mobile phone operator. In early 2017, the company completed a 24.7 Gb/s 5G trial with Ericsson, and in September of 2018 announced an agreement with Nokia to develop 5G technologies.
It's clear that Turkcell is on the right path to providing Turkey with 5G, but it's unclear when, exactly, customers can expect a live network.
In 2019, the company trialed 5G fixed wireless access solutions with Samsung in Istanbul. Turkcell's CEO commented that:Today, with 5G, we have shown that the latest generation of high-speed wireless access is now possible for our customers.
In early 2019, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) in Turkey approved 5G trials in Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara. The companies involved include Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey, and TT Mobil.
Turk Telekom is another company looking into bringing 5G to Turkey.
According to the country's state-owned and largest telecom company, Viettel, 5G trials were run in 2019, and a commercial trial launched in late 2020.
Mobifone is another mobile network operator that plans to launch 5G in Vietnam. The latest update is a speed milestone made during testing in Ho Chi Minh City in November 2020.
There are a few mobile network operators in Iran, the largest of which is Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran (MCI). MCI currently offers "4.5G" internet, which shows that they're on a path to providing 5G. They signed an agreement with Nokia in 2017 to develop the new technology, and in early 2021 confirmed that the new network should be up and running soon.
Iran's second-largest provider, Irancell, provides both mobile and fixed wireless internet services. A commercial network launched in early 2021 in Tehran. This followed their first 5G test at the same location in 2017 and another in 2020 with emphasis on scientific research and urban development. The plan is to quickly expand to other locations like Mashhad, Shiraz, and Kish.
5G became available from Pelephone, Partner, and HOT Mobile in September 2020.
Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country's largest mobile phone operator, launched 5G in Thailand in 2020. It's currently available in over 77 provinces.
You can also get service through TrueMove H, via several 5G devices.
Several companies have launched 5G in Taiwan: Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecom company in the country, launched 5G on July 1, 2020. Taiwan Star followed in August 2020, and Asia Pacific Telecom in October 2020.
FarEasTone has deployed 2,000 5G base stations.
StarHub announced in 2018 that they, in partnership with Nokia, completed their first outdoor pilot of 5G on the 3.5 GHz frequency band. Now, their network covers over 50% of the country. See their 5G Network page for details on where you can get access.
Singtel has launched their network as well. Visit their website to see where it's available now and where it's headed.
In fact, all four telcos will offer 5G in Singapore, including M1 and TPG Telecom.
Smart has been testing 5G since 2016. They announced in 2018 the launch of 5G TehnoLab, and the network became available commercially in business districts of Metro Manila in July 2020, and then in all Metropolitan Manila cities in early 2021.
Globe Telecom has a 5G fixed wireless broadband service called Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G, offering speeds up to 100 Mbps and data packages as large as 2 TB. Mobile service is available in several areas.
NOW Telecom is another company planning to deploy 5G in the Philippines.
Although Bangladesh is one of the top 10 most populous countries in the world, it was very slow to roll out 4G and will likely also take much longer than other countries to implement 5G.
BTCL and Banglalink are two companies to watch for 5G in Bangladesh.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) at one time anticipated 5G deployment to take place by the third quarter of 2020, but the newest report is that they're not expecting adoption until 2022.
TM deployed 5G base stations in Malaysia Agro Exposition Park and some other locations in early 2020. These are FWA terminals that support speeds of up to 500 Mbps.
In early 2019, Maxis and Huawei and U Mobile and ZTE signed MoUs to collaborate on 5G deployment in Malaysia. You could use their service in Berjaya Times Square during a trial period, but it ended in 2020.
5G might go live for consumers this year given that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority prepared for public 5G trials in 2019. However, some estimates are leaning more toward 2022-2023.
Another tip that the new technology is coming is that the country's 4G pioneer Zong also became the first company in the country to test 5G services.
Telenor Pakistan is looking into 5G as well, but no dates have been announced.
5G has been available in Saudi Arabia through Saudi Telecom Company (STC) since June 2019, but only in specific areas of major cities and only through home routers (no mobile option, yet). See their 5G page for details on plans and devices.
According to the company's CEO:5G is considered as a very important step toward digitalization and connecting everything, which supportsSaudi Arabia's Vision 2030 toward economic diversification.
The 5G release took place months after the company reached a deal with Ericsson to launch it in the country. STC has also partnered with Nokia to roll out the network; they announced in early 2019 that the rollout phase had already started.
Another 5G provider in Saudi Arabia is Zain. Dozens of locations have 5G access, including Riyadh, Al Khobar, Dhahran, Tabuk, Hail, Sabya, Ahad Rafidah, Taif, Bisha, Najran, Qurayyat, Ras Tanura, Jaizan, Tabarjal, Buqayq, Jubail, and Hafar Al-Batin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G and Axon 10 Pro 5G are a couple of Zain's 5G products.
Mobily 5G is another option. Use their coverage checker to see if you can get 5G where you are. In addition to their mobile 5G plan is 5G internet Home plans.
5G arrived in July 2019 when STC (previously called VIVA) launched their 5G data plans. You can get mobile 5G from STC with one of their 5G phones, or 5G at home with the 5G router. The service is available in areas like Reef Island, Amwaj Islands, and Riffa Views.
Batelco is another company with 5G. They chose Ericsson to provide the necessary equipment. Coverage reaches 95% of the nation's population.
Zain launched their network on June 29, 2020.
5G in Kazakhstan isn't coming as soon as other countries. However, according to Prime Minister Askar Mamin, it's definitely in sight, calling for an "Action Plan for the implementation of 5G in Kazakhstan."
Askar Mamin said in a meeting held in May 2019, that 5G is expected to cover all Kazakhstan settlements that have a population greater than 50 thousand people.
In October 2019, the VEON telecom company launched a 5G trial on a live network.
SLTMobitel has been working on 5G for years. In early 2017, they partnered with Ericsson with the signing of the 5G Island of Innovation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), and in 2019, invested $50 million USD to roll out the new network in Sri Lanka.
However, they don't yet have any 5G plans available for customers.
Service provider Smart Axiata will most likely be the first company to launch 5G in Cambodia. They were the first service provider to make 4G available in the country in 2014 and followed up in 2019 by showcasing the country's first 5G live trial. They expect the first few years of their rollout to be focused on hotspots in major cities.
Viettel Cambodia (MetFone) is another company launching 5G in Cambodia, in partnership with Telecom Cambodia.
Tcell received its 5G license in 2019 and turned on its first 5G base station in Dushanbe in August 2020.
5G is available in several African countries.
Vodacom Group, which was the first to introduce 4G, 3G, and 2G in South Africa, is at it again with the release of a 5G. In May 2020, they turned on 5G in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town. Wider coverage is expected throughout the year.
Rain is another South African telecom that's rolling out 5G. From November 11, 2019 and onward, Rain customers can access the network from home in parts of Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Cape Town, with more areas continually becoming available. Check 5G service in South Africa with their coverage map.
MTN Group Limited partnered with Ericsson in November 2018, to deploy a fixed wireless access 5G site in Midrand. Their network is currently running in a few areas.
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has indicated that 5G was planned to be rolled out in 2020. We don't currently have any other details.
A few companies to watch are Airtel and 9mobile.
Free (formerly Tigo Senegal) and Ericsson are working together to upgrade its network to roll out LTE across 1,000 sites. While this isn't 5G service, it is an important stepping stone.
Although a 5G release date for Egypt isn't yet known, Telecom Egypt and Nokia agreed in early 2019 to introduce a 5G network.
The telecom company Inwi, which covers over 90 percent of the country with mobile internet access, is bringing 5G to Morocco.
The two other licensed telecom companies in Morocco are Orange Morocco and Maroc Telecom, but both have been silent on a 5G deployment in the country.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The release date for 5G in the Congo is unclear, but according to Léon Juste Ibombo, the country's minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy, we know that the rollout will involve Applus and Congo Telecom:Investments in Congo's telecommunications sector are astronomical and the state needs credible companies to help it implement the digital economy ecosystem. This company will help our incumbent operator, Congo Telecom, to implement 5G.
Ooredoo Tunisia has partnered with Nokia through the use of the company's AirGile cloud-first core, to transition Ooredoo to a place where it can provide Tunisia customers with 5G.
Safaricom, in late 2020, suspended their 5G rollout to focus on 4G. In a quick turn of events in late March 2021, service was activated in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, and Kakamega. Nine total towns are planned to be included in the rollout by March 2022.
Airtel Kenya and Nokia came to an agreement in November 2020 to start laying the foundations for 5G in Nairobi.
5G arrived in Antananarivo and Toamasina on June 26, 2020, via Telma.
ZTE and MTN Uganda launched the first 5G SA network in Nyonyi Garden, Kampala, Uganda, on January 21, 2020.
Vodafone Lesotho has a standards-based commercial 5G network available for two clients in the banking and mining industries. The network will be expanded to include other customers in the future.
Nokia and Togocom began deploying 5G in West Africa with the introduction of the network in Togo's capital Lomé.
5th generation networks are live right now in some European countries, and others will get it during 2021.
Telenor, the country's biggest telecom operator, launched 5G in Norway in March 2020, following early testing from 2017. These locations are just a few that currently have access to the 5G network: Oslo, Kongsberg, Elverum, Bodø, Askvoll, Fornebu, Kvitfjell, and Trondheim.
Telia Company is another mobile network operator in Norway that opened its first 5G test network in December 2018. In May 2020, Telia launched 5G for customers in Lillestrøm and parts of Groruddalen in Oslo. In June 2020, they began allowing 5G roaming for customers in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. November 2020 was when they began offering 5G FWA; speeds of up to 300 Mbps are supported.
According to the 5G Strategy for Germany, released by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), trial installations began in 2018 with a commercial launch in 2020. 5G is planned to be rolled out "over the period to 2025."
Deutsche Telekom rolled out 5G in Germany in Berlin, Darmstadt, Munich, Bonn, and Cologne in September 2019. Connectivity is possible through devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. Over 3,000 towns and municipalities have access, and they plan to cover 90 percent of the country with 5G by 2025.
Another German telecom company that has launched 5G services in the country is Vodafone. They turned on their first 25 base stations on July 16, 2019, added Berlin a month later, and currently cover 10 million people with the new network. Customers can use 5G with a compatible phone.
Telefónica Germany's O2 launched 5G in five cities on October 3, 2020: Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, and Cologne. As of March 2021, it operates in 30+ cities. They expect to cover over 30% of the population with 5G before 2022 and the entire country by 2025.
German service provider United Internet AG is another potential 5G player, having announced in early 2019 that they'd be taking part in a 5G spectrum auction.
Vodafone provides 5G to customers in various cities, including Karlovy Vary, Prague, Brno, Usti nad Labem, and Jesenik. Service began rolling out in October 2020.
Another provider with an existing 5G network in the country is O2. See their coverage map for details.
T-Mobile's new network started in two locations on November 1, 2020: Prague and Brno. See where it's available today.
The UK's largest network operator, EE, was the first to launch 5G in the UK on May 30, 2019. Service started in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester, and the company now operates the network in 160 cities and towns.
EE was also the first in the world to offer the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G smartphone, but they also offer their customers Samsung, OPPO, Huawei, and other 5G phones.
Vodafone UK is another big mobile telecommunications provider. After testing how 5G can be used in car communications and successfully completing a holographic phone call using 5G, they launched their fifth-gen network in seven cities on July 3, 2019. The current total stands at 100 locations across the UK.
Through an MVNO partnership with Vodafone, Virgin Media also offers 5G services. Beginning January 25, 2021, 100 towns and cities got access.
After announcing their commitment to invest billions in 5G, Three UK launched 5G, accessible first with a phone from Huawei. After testing 5G for home use, they also launched their 5G home broadband service in London. Three has a list of everywhere you can get their mobile 5G.
BT Mobile launched 5G services in the UK on October 11, 2019, in 20 cities, but has since expanded (it uses the EE network). Check out their coverage map.
O2's is currently available in over 160 locations, including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds, Slough, Leicester, Lisburn, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, and other locations. There are several 5G phones you can use.
Tesco Mobile uses O2's network and also began offering 5G to its customers in early 2020.
Sky Mobile launched 5G in parts of several locations, including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough, Sheffield, Coventry, Nottingham, Bristol, Derby, and others.When Is 5G Coming to the UK? (Updated for 2021)
Vodafone launched 5G in Italy in these five cities in June 2019: Naples, Bologna, Milan, Turin, and Rome. The company has since rolled out 5G to other cities. There are several 5G phones you can buy through Vodafone's website.
TIM (Telecom Italia), the largest telecom provider in Italy, made 5G available in Naples, Rome, and Turin as of July 5, 2019. Their new network went live in another six cities before the start of 2020: Milan, Bologna, Verona, Florence, Matera, and Bari. As of 2021, up to 120 towns and cities are covered with their network.
Iliad began offering 5G services in late December 2020.
Check WindTre's 5G coverage here. There are a few plans you can pick from that support anywhere from unlimited data to 100 GB per month. See their 5G phones for an updated listing.
The first 5G network in Switzerland went live April 17, 2019, via Swisscom. It launched in 54 towns, including Basel, Bern, Chur, Davos, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich. According to Swisscom, more than 90 percent of the population is covered.
Swisscom currently offers several phones compatible with the new network, from companies like Samsung, LG, and OPPO. These devices will work everywhere there's 5G service from Swisscom, through an inOne mobile subscription.
The country's second-largest telecommunications company, Sunrise, has currently covered several hundred locations with 5G. They ran an ultrafast, 3.28 Gbps 5G test in late 2017, erected their first 5G antenna in mid-2018, and then in November 2018, made live their first standardized 5G network at a ski resort.
Salt is another telecom company with 5G in Switzerland. They revealed in January 2019 that they selected Nokia to upgrade their radio and mobile core network to provide mobile 5G services. The coverage map details where you can get it.
Vodafone Spain was the first operator to launch 5G in Spain. On June 15, it became available to customers in A Coruña, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gijón, Logroño, Madrid, Malaga, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Santander, Seville, Valencia, Vigo, Vitoria, and Zaragoza. The service area has since expanded; see if your specific address has access with the Vodafone Mobile Coverage Map.
According to Vodafone, 5G speeds at launch could reach up to 1 Gbps. You need a 5G phone from Vodafone Spain to access the network.
Telefónica turned on their network on September 1, 2020. At launch, it was available in all the autonomous communities, and 75 percent of the population received access before the end of 2020.
On September 7, 2020, Orange launched their network in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Malaga. It currently covers all the areas on this map.
MasMovil will have a 5G network as well but only just began their trial on September 9, 2020, in 15 cities. They'll provide it through their Yoigo subsidiary and via Orange's towers. See the coverage map for updates.
Network operator A1 kicked off their path toward 5G in Austria by making their first 5G data connection in Gmünd in early January 2019. See their 5G plans and phones here.
Magenta Telekom (previously called T-Mobile Austria) is deploying 5G mobile base stations across the country following a 110 MHz spectrum purchase in March 2019. It currently covers 1,200 locations. See their 5G plans here.
Hutchison Three Austria and ZTE are deploying 5G in Austria, too. Their first business client was in Linz, and with 20 5G sites set up by June 2019, it marked Austria's first city with continuous 5G coverage. Several locations are currently covered with the network, which you can see here.
Elisa Oyj opened a commercial network in Tampere in June 2018, claiming to be "first in world to launch commercial 5G." According to their coverage map, the network is also located in Oulu, Kuopio, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, and other areas. See their unlimited plans that offer speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (they require a compatible phone).
Telia revealed in early December 2018, that Helsinki Airport became the first 5G airport in the world and their first customer using their pre-commercial network. In early 2019, the company began commercial use of its network in three cities and has since expanded to include several more. See the Telia 5G devices you can buy right now for mobile and FWA 5G access.
DNA is another Finnish company offering 5G. They began a fixed wireless access service in December, 2019; see their phones here. However, they say that even with the introduction of 5G, 4G will remain the primary network technology used by most people.
Beeline, Nokia, and Qualcomm launched a 5G test pilot in Saint Petersburg in August 2020.
In 2018, Russia's largest mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), partnered with Samsung to run various 5G tests that included video calls, ultra-low latency video games, and 4K video streaming. These were performed to show that not only is 5G coming but that Samsung's 5G routers, tablets, and other devices are fully capable of running on a 5G network. They also opened a private network in early 2020.
According to GSMA, 5G networks will cover over 80 percent of the Russian population by 2025, so it can be assumed that a big portion of the country will have access even sooner.
Another indicator that 5G is coming sooner than later is the 5G research center that's open in Innopolis, a high-tech city in the Republic of Tatarstan.
Tele2 Russia, in collaboration with Ericsson, announced in 2019 that they'd deploy 50,000 base stations. However, the CEO says "Before launching 5G networks, Russia must first address several infrastructure issues.", so customers might have to wait a while to receive 5G services.
Orange is one European telecommunications company that has 5G plans for Luxembourg; see their 5G devices here. The others are POST and Tango.
SWAN Mobile signed a 5G commercial contract with ZTE in early 2019 to kick off their rollout plans. Later that year, SWAN announced that the first 5G network in the country had launched.
In early 2020, Orange Slovensko selected Nokia to prepare its Radio Access Network for 5G. The plan is to launch the network in April 2021 in Bratislava.
O2 Slovakia launched a commercial 5G pilot in a handful of Bratislava neighborhoods in October 2020. The company announced in 2021 that Ericsson would be their partner for building out the network.
Slovak Telekom selected Ericsson to deliver its 5G Radio Access Network and switch on 5G commercial services as of December, 2020. Find coverage and compatible phones here.
Telekom Slovenia launched their network on July 23, 2020. It's available in several locations throughout the country.
The telecom giant Vodafone went live with a 5G network in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford on August 13, 2019. Check up-to-date availability on Vodafone's 5G page.
Vodafone is also working on fixed wireless access. In early December 2018, the company announced that they would begin trials for rural 5G broadband in Roscommon, Gorey, Dungarvan, and Clonmel, covering 20,000 premises.
eir's network is live as well. Its 5G locations include Dublin, Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Galway, Dundalk, and more. There's a coverage map here that shows the new network and their 4G, 3G, and 2G coverage.
Imagine is another company bringing 5G to Ireland. They announced the launch of their 5G-ready fixed broadband network in February 2019 and built out hundreds of sites to cover over one million premises by the fall of 2020.
CEO Sean Bolger had this to say about their 5G plan:As an Irish company, we are delighted to announce this significant investment and a new approach which will finally solve this problem and deliver much needed, fast and reliable high-speed broadband to homes, businesses and communities across regional and rural Ireland, today and into the future.
Three Ireland has its own network, too. It's currently live in over 100 areas.
Føroya Tele, the Faroe Islands' largest telecom provider, launched 5G on June 6, 2019.
Jersey Telecom (JT) and ZTE have announced that 5G is coming to the Channel Islands. They began a pre-commercial launch in mid-2019 to test it out.
The first next-gen network was brought to life in January 2021 via Cytamobile-Vodafone.Our 5G network already covers 70% of the population. It's available in all cities, tourist areas and other, large communities as well as highways and is constantly expanding with the goal of providing comprehensive population coverage and extensive geographical coverage by the end of 2021.
beCloud completed testing 5G in the capital, Minsk, in late 2020. They claimed record speeds for the country at over 1.9 Gbps.
The Romanian government approved the 5G Strategy in June of 2019.The 5G Strategy for Romania projects an action plan with concrete tasks and deadlines for deployment, targeting the launch of services in 2020 and 5G service coverage of all urban centers and major land transport routes by 2025.
On June 26, 2019, Vodafone Romania launched the country's first 5G subscriptions. All the details, and the 5G phones you can buy, are available on their Supernet 5G page.
RCS & RDS is the largest Romanian cable and satellite TV company, and they also have 5G available through the Digi Mobil 5G Smart network.
Orange launched 5G in Romania in November 2019. Coverage started in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, and Iasi. See the Orange 5G coverage map for details.
VIVACOM was the first operator to bring 5G to the country. It's available in the central urban areas of all 27 regional cities.
A1 Bulgaria launched 5G in the country's capital Sofia in November 2020. The plan is to cover all cities of over 10,000 people with the network and offer speeds over 1 Gbps.
Although it hasn't officially launched yet, Telenor ran 5G tests in 2019 as a precursor to their upcoming network.
In late December, 2020, the country's largest tech company, OTE Group, launched 5G in Athens and other big cities. The plan is for over 50% of the country to be covered by 5G by the end of 2021.
Magyar Telekom, the largest Hungarian telecom company, launched 5G in Hungary in April 2020. Service began in parts of Budapest and Zalaegerszeg.
Vodafone is another company launching 5G in Hungary. In May of 2019, they released the country's first live 5G station in Zalaegerszeg, and they currently provide access in Budapest as well.
Hrvatski Telekom launched their network in 2020. Follow that link to see the current cities the 5G network covers, including a map and number of Croatians that have access to the network.
Another mobile operator to watch is A1 Hrvatska. They are currently testing a 5G network in Osijek.
A Tele2 5G network launched in Sweden on May 24, 2020. Stockholm's inner city was the first to see it but dozens of other locations have access now and more will become available throughout 2021. Speeds of over 1 Gbps are possible.
Telia launched commercial 5G as well, on May 25, 2020. The network is available in Stockholm City Center, including Norrmalm, Östermalm, and Vasastan, as well as other locations.
Three is another Swedish 5G network available. You can see the different launch phases they have planned and where you can get 5G right now, on their 5G at Three page.
Telenor launched 5G in central Stockholm on October 29, 2020, with speeds over 1 Gbps. It reaches from Roslagstull to Skanstull, Djurgården to Kungsholmen. The plan is to complete the network expansion in 2023 and cover more than 99 percent of Sweden's population with 5G.
T-Mobile Polska announced on December 7, 2018, the launch of the country's first 5G network. It was initially available only in the center of Warsaw via five base stations, but now customers can connect to the network across its thousands of base stations.
Polkomtel's Plus mobile phone network operator began offering 5G in Poland on May 11, 2020. The first 100 5G base stations, deployed in these seven cities, covered around 900 thousand people: Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin, and Wrocław. A Nokia partnership in late 2020 is another part of their nationwide rollout plan.
5G is also available from Play in Warsaw, Wrocław, and other locations. Check their coverage map for details.
Orange is another mobile network operator that launched 5G in Poland on July 1, 2020. Locations include Warsaw, Łódź, Płock, Poznań, Wrocław, Upper Silesian Industrial District, Kraków, Kielce, Opole, Częstochowa, Rzeszów, and Bielsko Biała.
Vodafone brought Portugal its first 5G connection on December 12, 2018, via a 5G smartphone prototype from Qualcomm. The company also tested a virtual reality game and video call on Ericsson's 5G network.
ANACOM, the country's communications regulator, has authorized 5G tests and expects commercial rollouts in 2021, following a 5G auction.
Dense Air launched 5G in Cascais, in the Lisbon District, in late 2020.
Bouygues Telecom first began offering 5G services in December 2020, starting off in 20 major locations across the country. Check coverage here.
5G is also available from Free Mobile, SFR, and Orange.
The country's first 5G test network went live in December 2018 via Telia Company, TalTech University, and Ericsson, but it was just a testbed. Telia Company officially launched commercial 5G in November 2020.
The network runs through Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, and several other locations.
One company bringing 5G to Latvia is Tele2. They launched their first 5G base station in Riga in July 2019, made their first 5G video call a few months later, have released 5G phones, and began offering their network in Daugavpils and Jelgava in early 2020. They plan to install base stations in 13 additional cities in 2021.
TDC launched 5G on September 7, 2020, and completed their nationwide rollout just a few months later, enabling 90% of the population to reach the network.
3 Denmark had a network up and running in parts of Copenhagen before 2021 that will reach countrywide status by the summer of 2022. Speeds currently sit at around 1 Gbps.
Telia and Telenor also launched 5G in 2020, starting in Copenhagen and Aalborg and followed by Aarhus and Odense.
In early 2019, Azercell chose Ericsson in a two-year 5G deal to provide the telecom company with radio equipment and related services. In November 2019, they launched their first 5G network in Azerbaijan.
Síminn is the leading provider of wireless communication services in Iceland. They announced in early 2019 that they'd be partnering with Ericsson to deploy 5G-ready equipment to the country.
VodafoneZiggo launched 5G across more than half of the Netherlands with Ericsson Spectrum Sharing in April 2020 and officially announced nationwide coverage on July 20, 2020 (see the coverage map).
T-Mobile acquired the necessary spectrum to roll out their network several days before launching 5G on July 28, 2020. See their 5G from T-Mobile page for more on how to get it.
KPN's 5G network went live on July 28, 2020, from parts of Amsterdam and The Hague to Southern Eindhoven and several areas in between. This, they say, reaches nearly half of the population. See their 5G map here.
However, 5G-level speeds aren't expected for a couple of years:The first 5G connections will not be much faster than 4G. However, in 2022, when the Dutch service providers will bid for the high-speed frequencies at auction, everything will speed up significantly.
Monaco Telecom customers have access to 5G across all of the Principality of Monaco via the Huawei Mate 20 X and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. Full coverage of the entire country was completed in July 2019.
Proximus is the largest mobile telecommunications company in Belgium. Take a look at their 5G network coverage map for all the details on where you can get service. You'll need a 5G mobile subscription as well as a 5G phone that works on the Proximus network, such as the Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G.
In 2019, Orange and Proximus agreed to set up a shared mobile access network, a move that could mean 5G reaches across Belgium even faster.
Telenet, in March 2021, announced that it selected Ericsson, Nokia, and Google Cloud as partners for the rollout of their 5G network.
epic (formerly branded Vodafone Malta) doesn't have a solid 5G release date yet, but they're working on bringing 5G to Malta. On October 4, 2019, they began letting customers try out 5G in areas of Birkirkara, St Julians, and Sliema.
Most major countries in Oceania saw a limited 5G roll-out in 2019 with greater availability arriving in 2021.
Australia's second largest telecommunications company, Optus, launched 5G for mobile and home use on November 4, 2019. The launch involved over 290 5G sites in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and other locations in NSW, Victoria, and Queensland. See the Optus 5G coverage map for current details on their mobile and home service.
Telstra announced in August 2018, that they had enabled 5G technology in areas of the Gold Coast, giving the state of Queensland the country's first 5G-ready network. They also enabled 5G mobile base stations in Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth in October 2018, and more later that year. According to the CEO, they erected 200+ 5G-capable sites before the end of 2018. See their coverage map for current details.
Vodafone customers can get 5G in these areas.When Is 5G Coming to Australia? (Updated for 2021)
Spark NZ offers a couple of 5G broadband plans for service at home; visit that link and enter your address to see if it covers your area. They switched on the network for the first time in September 2019 for a limited number of customers. On July 29, 2020, they kicked off mobile 5G with Palmerston North as the first area with both fixed and mobile access.
Vodafone is another 5G player in New Zealand. They enabled 5G in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown in late 2019; see the map here and their 5G-ready phones. In early 2021, the company launched 5G Broadband across those same areas.
The 2degrees provider announced in April 2021 that customers in Wellington and Auckland are the first to access their 5G network. 700 total sites are planned in their nationwide rollout efforts.
5G fixed wireless access arrived in Guam in the second half of 2019 through SK Telecom and IT&E.
According to SK Telecom, the plan has been to start the rollout in highly concentrated areas and places that don't currently have fixed-line infrastructure. Coverage will then extend to wider areas.
Docomo Pacific launched 5G in Guam in August, 2020.