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5G Development in Korea, United States, China, Europe, and Japan

  • Report
  • 17 Pages
  • July 2020
  • Region: China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, United States
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 5135538

The world was originally expecting countries around the world to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks in 2020. However, the COVID-19 spread globally has led to city lockdowns and governments of all countries have been forced to slow down their 5G construction. The pandemic has affected the global 5G commercialization speed and schedule. Various isolation measures have made it more difficult to deploy 5G base stations. Some countries have announced the extension of 5G spectrum bidding plans, which has also reduced consumers' willingness to adopt 5G. This report summarizes recent important developments of 5G development in five major regions, including Korea, the United States, China, Europe, and Japan, and analyzes possible impacts.

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Table of Contents

1. Development of the Global 5G Market
1.1 Global Telecoms Dedicated to 5G Commercialization and Investment
1.2 5G Sub-6 Remains Mainstream
1.3 Huawei Continues to Lead 5G Equipment Shipments with Samsung as a Newcomer
1.4 COVID-19 Pandemic Slowing Down 5G Infrastructure Deployment

2. 5G Commericalization Schedule of Major Regions
2.1 Korea
2.1.1 Korea Takes the Lead in 5G Commercialization with the Highest Penetration Rate and Telecom Support
2.1.2 Korean Telecoms Ditching Huawei Equipment
2.1.3 COVID-19 Affects Consumers’ Willingness to Upgrade to 5G
2.2 The United States
2.2.1 Korea and the United States are Both Leads in 5G Commercialization
2.2.2 Initial High-Band Spectrum No Good for 5G Promotion with Limited Coverage Area
2.2.3 Telecom to Improve 5G Coverage Area with Low-band Spectrum
2.2.4 Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung to Benefit from US Ban on Huawei Equipment
2.3 China
2.3.1 Government’s Aggressiveness to Make China Worlds’ Largest 5G Market with Fastest User Growth
2.3.2 Huawei and ZTE Acquire Over 80% of 5G Base Station Orders in China
2.3.3 COVID-19 Slowing Down 5G Construction But Driving Application Value
2.4 Europe
2.4.1 Europe Focuses on Mid-band 5G Spectrum Development
2.4.2 Concerns over Chinese Equipment Slowing Down Construction in Europe
2.5 Japan
2.5.1 Japan’s Adoption of 5G Turns Sluggish in March Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
2.5.2 Japan’s Top-3 Telecoms to Exclude Huawei Network Equipment

3. Analyst's PerspectiveAppendixList of Companies
List of Tables
Table 1 5G Spectrum Bands in Five Major Regions
Table 2 Major Telecom Operators and Their Suppliers



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Altiostar
  • AT&T
  • Bouygues Telecom
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • Cisco
  • Datang Mobile
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • EE
  • Eir
  • Elisa
  • Ericsson
  • Fujitsu
  • Huawei
  • Huoshenshan Hospital
  • Intel
  • KDDI
  • KT
  • Leishenshan Hospital
  • LG U+
  • NEC
  • Nokia
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • O2
  • Orange
  • Quanta
  • Samsung
  • Sercomm
  • SFR
  • SK Telecom
  • SoftBank
  • Sunrise
  • Swisscom
  • Telefonica
  • Telia
  • Three
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone
  • ZT


Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis