Press Release

Independent telecoms/mobile consultant Alan Hadden provides an update on 5G network deployments, in particular the spectrum in commercial use on today’s 5G networks.

From Hadden’s research of 5G network deployments worldwide to 19 November 2019, which confirmed that 58 operators have commercially launched 5G service in 32 countries, this new analysis reports on the frequency bands currently in use today by the operators of those commercial 5G networks.

According to Hadden’s research the spectrum landscape is as follows:

Sub 6 GHz spectrum is used by 52 operators i.e. 90% of all 5G operators now in commercial service

48 operators i.e. 82% of all 5G operators in service, use spectrum within the range 3.4 – 3.8 GHz (often referred to as 3.5 GHz)

92% of the 52 operators who are operating with sub 6 GHz spectrum use 3.5 GHz

mmWave frequencies are currently used by 4 operators

Note 1: some operators use more than one band for 5G service
Note 2: confirmation of bands in commercial use is awaited from 2 operators

More 5G-related reports, data charts and other documents are also available to download

Alan Hadden is an authoritative wireless industry veteran with a long experience in senior positions in the manufacturing, regulatory, network operator, trade associations and consultative sectors of the telecommunications and mobile communications industry. He is a well regarded and widely referenced author of high quality trusted reports, information papers and presentations for the mobile industry in particular, and is a published author.

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