MainInsights & AnalyticsRealising 5G’s full potential: Setting policies for success

Realising 5G’s full potential: Setting policies for success


As of January 2020, 348 operators in 119 countries have made some sort of investment in 5G, 77 operators have deployed 5G technology in their networks and 49 have launched a commercial service compliant with the 3GPP standard.

In terms of the early consumer response, consumers so far are receptive. In South Korea, one of the first nations to launch 5G, the number of subscribers to 5G plans reached 4 million in October 2019, only six months after commercial launch. GSMA Intelligence expects 5G to attract 200 million connections in North America (46% of the total) by 2025. In China, Japan, and South Korea, 5G connections will account for more than 40% of the total. In Europe about 30% of connections will be to 5G networks.

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