LTE – 5G Market Statistics – December 2019


  • LTE – 5G Market Statistics342 operators investing in 5G networks – 56 operators with commercially launched 3GPP-compliant 5G services.

As of mid-December 2019 GSA’s NTS database showed:

  • There are 791 operators with commercially launched LTE networks (offering broadband fixed wireless access and or mobile services).
  • 236 operators hold licences to use spectrum for TD-LTE services, 167 of which are known to be actively using the spectrum (either deploying networks or have launched services).
  • 362 operators investing in either LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro technologies. Of those, 323 operators have deployed/launched LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro technologies in their commercial networks. 197 operators are investing in one or more LTE-Advanced Pro technologies.
  • 342 operators are investing in 5G networks in the form of tests, trials, pilots, planned and actual deployments.
  • 75 operators have announced that they have deployed 3GPP-compliant 5G technology in their networks.
  • With multiple announcements of 5G launches in recent weeks, GSA now counts 56 operators in 31 countries that have launched one or more 3GPP-compliant commercial 5G services (some with smart phones; some with 5G routers; some offering services widely; some with limited geographic, device or and customer availability).
    • Including 46 5G mobile services (including 3 limited availability launches) and 29 5G FWA or home broadband services (8 limited availability).

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