Planned 5G deployments worldwide by 2020 according to Viavi.

Viavi’s estimate of 5G network deployments worldwide

  • According to a Viavi Solutions report entitled “The State of 5G Deployments”, 55 5G standard mobile phone networks are expected to be in service by 2020.

13 5G telecommunications networks were launched in 2018. Viavi reports that 5G network deployments will more than triple this year, with 42 new network launches planned for 2019. As a result, 55 5G networks are expected to be in service by the end of the year.

A large part of these deployments will be in Europe and the Middle East (21 and 14, respectively), followed by Asia (10), Americas (8) and Australasia region (2).

At this time last year, 28 service providers had field tested 5G telecommunications technologies. However, 3GPP standards for the 5G standard are not expected to be final until 2020. According to Viavi, service providers must therefore be cautious in finalizing architectures, and detailed technical information regarding deployment plans is still limited at this stage.

According to Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer at Viavi, “5G represents a paradigm shift in the way networks are designed, deployed and managed because of the complexities inherent in the architecture as well as the high performance and latency requirements.”