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5G - Thematic Research

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  • 45 Pages
  • March 2021
  • Region: Global
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 4620764

After years of anticipation, most of the world’s largest operators have deployed 5G networks. 2020 saw a growing number of 5G commercial launches worldwide, with more than 400 million 5G subscriptions active by the end of the year. COVID-19 has had some impact on infrastructure rollouts and, more crucially, on spectrum auctions in several markets. Despite this, growth will accelerate in the coming years, supported by increased spectrum availability and operator investment in network rollouts, with 3 billion subscribers by 2025. The availability of affordable handsets will be key to driving adoption, particularly considering strong economic headwinds caused by COVID-19 affecting consumer income.

For the short term, at least, 5G will remain primarily a consumer play with the focus on higher network speeds. Fixed wireless access (FWA) is seeing wider deployments, in large part as a response to the new work from home realities of COVID-19. Enterprise adoption is more early stage, with a localized focus on campus deployments where 5G will sit alongside 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

  • This report provides an overview of the 5G theme.
  • It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months, split into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.
  • It includes a comprehensive industry analysis, including forecasts for 5G subscriptions, penetration, and service revenue to 2025.
  • The overview of 5G's capabilities includes use cases for both consumers and enterprises.

Reasons to Buy
  • 5G will be one of the most disruptive technology themes of the next decade. This report is a clear, concise guide to 5G, including an overview of its key capabilities and details of the companies that are leading the way.

Table of Contents

Executive summary

  • Players
  • Technology briefing
  • Trends
  • Industry analysis
  • 5G capabilities and use cases


  • Sector scorecards
  • Glossary
  • Further reading
  • Thematic methodology

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • SK Telecom
  • KT
  • LG Uplus
  • T-Mobile US
  • AT&T
  • Verizon
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • T-Mobile Germany
  • Vodafone Germany
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • Softbank Japan
  • KDDI
  • BT
  • Vodafone UK
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • Nokia
  • ZTE
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Huawei
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Qualcomm
  • China Broadcasting
  • O2 Germany
  • Rakuten Mobile
  • O2 UK
  • 3 UK
  • Dish Networks
  • Altiostar
  • Microsoft
  • Mavenir
  • Intel
  • MediaTek
  • Unisoc
  • Arm