Internet, Networking, & Security 5G 224 224 people found this article helpful 5G Availability Around the World Most countries already have limited access to 5G networks by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on August 05, 2020 reviewed by Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michelle Adeola Adelufosi is a marketing consultant with 9 years' experience working for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes social media, web development, and graphic design. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 12, 2020 Michelle Adeola Adelufosi 5G Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email 5G is the newest wireless networking technology that phones, smartwatches, cars, and other mobile devices, and who knows what else, will use in the coming years, but it won't be available in every country at the same time. Some estimates forecast that by 2023, 5G will support more than 10 percent of the world's mobile connections. Miguel Co / Lifewire For daily updates on how 5G is developing around the globe, see 5G: The Latest News & Updates. Also check out which 5G phones are available right now and when others are coming. North America 5G North Americans have already seen smaller iterations of 5G networks pop up, but it's only just now, in 2020, taking off in most areas due to the elemental challenges of 5G networks. Estimates say that by 2023, up to 32 percent of North American mobile connections will be on a 5G network. United States 5G fixed wireless broadband internet from Verizon, C Spire, and Starry is currently available at a handful of locations, and Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have mobile 5G services available in various cities. More areas will get at-home and mobile 5G this year, from those companies and others like U.S. Cellular. When Is 5G Coming to the US? (Updated for 2020) Canada Rogers Communications began rolling out a 5G network in early 2020 after investing over $4 billion USD on 5G in 2019. They also made a 5G test site on campus at the University of British Columbia. Learn more about the plans Rogers has for 5G to see when they expect a live network around the country. Telus Mobility began rolling out their network in June 2020, in Vancouver, Montreal, the Greater Toronto Area, and other locations. If you're a Bell user, you check out their coverage map for details on where you can jump on the network. When Is 5G Coming to Canada? (Updated for 2020) Mexico In late 2017, the Mexican telecommunications company América Móvil announced the release of 4.5 networks in anticipation of a 5G release. Its CEO says 5G should be available sometime in 2020. Puerto Rico Wireless provider Claro began testing 5G in Puerto Rico in 2019. Central America 5G Central American countries will most likely see a slow 5G rollout. Honduras Ericsson announced in December 2018, that Tigo had chosen the company to modernize its radio access network. The deal "includes the provision of a 5G-ready multi-standard network." There's no word on when 5G will reach Honduras but this agreement is an important first step. Their first 4.5G site arrived in mid-2020, which is another stepping stone closer to a full rollout. South America 5G South American countries with the greatest populations began to see 5G come out in spurts beginning in late 2019. Chile Entel is the largest telecommunications company in Chile and has partnered with Ericsson to bring 5G wireless service to Chilean customers. 5G Americas' Latin America director José Otero says: Chile has the necessary infrastructure in high-capacity capacity centers to support a 5G launch. This technology should arrive in Chile no later than 2020 or 2021. Argentina Movistar and Ericsson tested 5G systems in 2017 and will likely roll it out to customers around the same time that Chile sees 5G. Brazil Vivo's network became available in eight cities by July 2020. Tim should have its 5G network up and running in three cities by September 2020. Claro is another company working on 5G. They first launched the network on July 14, 2020, but it's currently restricted to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Colombia Telefónica Telecom, Colombia's largest telecommunications company, plans to run trials throughout 2020, possibly launching for customers near the end of 2020 or early 2021. In July 2018, Ericsson and Telefónica Telecom demonstrated a 5G data transfer of 27 Gbps in Bogotá. Paraguay Tigo reached a deal with Ericsson to prepare their network for 5G. Ericsson said in December 2018, that they will expand TIGO’s existing network and modernize the existing 2G/3G and 4G sites, making the network the best fit for TIGO to deliver 5G and IoT services in the future. It's not yet clear when Tigo customers will see 5G in Paraguay, but this deal is definitely a good starting point. Aruba SETAR is Aruba's leading communications provider, and through a partnership with Nokia, the two expect full coverage on the island by 2022. Asia 5G 5G is live in a handful of areas, with widespread coverage expected this year. South Korea These three South Korean companies collaborated to bring mobile 5G to the country on December 1, 2018: SK Telecom, LG Uplus, and KT. They began with 5G service for select businesses only, but on April 5, opened up 5G for others, too, via the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The SK Telecom service provider started offering 5G service to a wide population on April 5 via their four 5G plans. This came after the company started a limited 5G service with the Myunghwa Industry manufacturing company. SKT's 5G service plans come after trialing 5G in 2017 and using 5G in their self-driving test site K-City. LG Uplus' 5G network went live in Seoul and surrounding locations, with LS Mtron as their first customer. With over 4,000 5G base stations positioned in Incheon, Seoul, and Gyeonggi, the company planned over 7,000 more to be deployed by the end of 2018. KT Corporation launched pre-commercial 5G services at Lotte World Tower in Seoul and six other areas including Jeju, Ulleungdo, and Dokdo. On April 5 of 2019, they launched unlimited 5G services, and expanded coverage to a total of 85 cities by the end of 2019. KT previously collaborated with Intel to showcase 5G service at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, and plans to invest over $20 billion through 2023 in 5G and other innovative technologies. According to the ICT and Broadcasting Technology Policy director at the Ministry of Science and ICT, Heo Won-seok, five percent of the country's mobile users will be on a 5G network in 2020, and 90 percent by 2026. When Is 5G Coming to South Korea? (Updated for 2020) Japan NTT DOCOMO is Japan’s largest wireless carrier. They've been studying and experimenting with 5G since 2010 and launched pre-commercial 5G services in September 2019 before officially launching on March 25, 2020. It started with a maximum data rate of 3.4 Gbps but it has since increased to 4.1 Gbps. See the NTT DOCOMO 5G smartphone page for device options. In September 2018, NTT DOCOMO successfully achieved 25–27 Gbps download speeds in a 5G trial with Mitsubishi Electric. The test could be used to develop a high-speed 5G network that works with vehicles. au by KDDI launched their 5G network on March 26, 2020. SoftBank began its 5G services on March 27 for 1,000 yen /month ($9 USD). Rakuten plans to provide access in 2020 as well. Their original launch date of June has been postponed until at least August. China Three wireless carriers launched 5G in China on October 31, 2019: China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. However, these companies don't provide widespread 5G coverage just yet. The most popular areas with 5G in China right now include Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. 3 Hong Kong launched 5G on April 1, 2020. According to the press release, it's expected to cover indoor and outdoor areas in all districts in Hong Kong within 2020. SmarTone is launched theirs in Hong Kong in May 2020. Territory-wide coverage is expected by mid 2021. When Is 5G Coming to China? (Updated for 2020) Qatar According to Ooredoo, a telecom company in Qatar that has been working on implementing 5G since 2016, they were the first company in the world to provide commercial 5G access. 5G is currently only available in Qatar, but since Ooredoo has markets in Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Maldives, Singapore, Algeria, and other countries, it isn't a stretch to think that we'll see 5G reach those areas in 2020. Ooredoo, in partnership with Ericsson, will also use 5G for home broadband service. Vodafone is another company providing 5G in Qatar. In late 2018, they launched in Katara Cultural Village and Souq Waqif, and before that, in Abu Hamour, Azizya, Al Mamoura, Al Rayyan, Salwa Road, and Umm Salal Mohammed. Vodafone Qatar offers unlimited 5G plans and a handful of 5G phones. Kuwait Two telecommunication companies in Kuwait have launched 5G service. Zain was the first, announcing the launch in June 2018. You can sign up here for a plan that includes as little as 50 GB or as much as 2 TB. There are lots of devices you can use on their network, including the 5G Bold router, some Samsung phones, Huawei Mate 20X 5G, and others. On the same day, just hours later, Ooredoo announced similar news. Their SIM-only 5G plans allow anything from 500 GB up to 3 TB of data usage. STC (formerly called VIVA) is another telecom company in Kuwait that has launched 5G services. You have to subscribe to one of their 5G plans in order to use it. United Arab Emirates UAE 5G became available via Etisalat UAE on May 30, 2019. There are several 5G phones available for purchase. In early 2019, Etisalat UAE reached a deal with Huawei to "offer its latest state of the art network solutions including 5G wireless, 5G service oriented core and 5G ready transport network to facilitate smooth 5G technology adaption." Etisalat UAE also selected Ericsson to deploy a 5G network in the United Arab Emirates, both mobile broadband and fixed wireless access. 5G is also available from du. They announced in early 2019 the rollout of 700 5G sites. Their partners include Nokia and Huawei. Check current and future deployments of the new network on their 5G coverage map, and see their device options here. Virgin Mobile, a brand also operated under du, is another 5G-ready company deploying this next-gen network across the UAE. See which 5G phones they have available. India According to the Department of Telecommunications, India is set to adopt 5G this year: When the world will roll out 5G in 2020, I believe India will be at par with them. In August 2018, one of India's largest telecom providers, Vodafone Idea Limited (previously called Idea Cellular), merged with Vodafone (which was the world's second-largest phone company before the merger). Vodafone was already preparing for 5G, having set up "future ready technology" in 2017 by upgrading their entire network to support it. Reliance Jio is another mobile network operator in India that plans to provide 5G services in 2020, as well as their own 5G handsets. Another Indian telecom company working on 5G is Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). They signed a memorandum of understanding with Ciena, a networking systems company, in early 2019 to prepare its network for 5G. A 5G test network is being erected in 2020 from Cavil Wireless. Indonesia Anyone who attended the Asian Games in 2018 could have tried out 5G in Jakarta, Indonesia. A special Telkomsel SIM card was needed in order to connect to the network. It's unclear whether Indonesia will see commercial 5G begin to roll out in 2020 or later, but a trial of this size was a great indicator that they're on a track of some sort. Plus, the company has partnered with Ericsson to upgrade their network in preparation for 5G. Turkey Turkcell is Turkey's largest mobile phone operator. In early 2017, the company completed a 24.7 Gb/s 5G trial with Ericsson, and in September of 2018 announced an agreement with Nokia to develop 5G technologies. It's clear that Turkcell is on the right path to providing Turkey with 5G, but it's unclear when, exactly, customers can expect a live network. In November, the company trialed 5G fixed wireless access solutions with Samsung in Istanbul. Turkcell's CEO commented that: Today, with 5G, we have shown that the latest generation of high-speed wireless access is now possible for our customers. In early 2019, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) in Turkey approved 5G trials in Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara. The companies involved include Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey, and TT Mobil. Turk Telekom is another company looking into bringing 5G to Turkey. Vietnam According to the country's state-owned and largest telecom company, Viettel, 5G trials were run in 2019 and they plan to have a network ready in mid-2020. Mobifone is another mobile network operator that plans to launch 5G in Vietnam in 2020. Iran There are a few mobile network operators in Iran, the largest of which is Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran (MCI). MCI currently offers "4.5G" internet, which shows that they're on a path to providing 5G in Iran. They also signed an agreement with Nokia in 2017 to develop 5G technology in Iran. Iran's second-largest provider, Irancell, provides both mobile and fixed wireless internet services. A commercial network might be available in 2020; so far they've just performed tests, like their first one in Tehran in 2017 and another in 2020 with emphasis on scientific research and urban development. Israel Pelephone announced their 5G launch in August of 2020. Thailand Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country's largest mobile phone operator, launched 5G in Thailand in 2020. It's currently available in over 70 provinces. You can also get service through TrueMove H, via several 5G devices. Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecom company in Taiwan, launched 5G on July 1, 2020. Taiwan Star began offering 5G to its customers in August 2020. FarEasTone plans to deploy 2,000 5G base stations before 2021. Singapore StarHub announced in November 2018, that they, in partnership with Nokia, completed their first outdoor pilot of 5G on the 3.5 GHz frequency band. However, there's no information on when StarHub will have a 5G network ready for Singaporean customers. The IMDA (Info-communications Media Development Authority) is an organization of the Singaporean government that says a 5G network rollout will take place in 2020. There might even be two networks coming to Singapore since IMDA plans to allocate millimeter bands for 5G that "will be sufficient for at least two nationwide 5G networks." In fact, all four telcos will offer 5G in Singapore, including Singtel, M1, and TPG Telecom. Philippines Smart has been testing 5G since 2016. They announced in 2018 the launch of 5G TehnoLab, and the network became available commercially in business districts of Metro Manila on July 30, 2020. In November 2018, Smart rolled out their first 5G cell sites in the Philippines. They were set up in Makati Central Business District (Makati CBD) and at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. During testing, they managed to achieve speeds of over 14 Gb/s. Globe Telecom has a 5G fixed wireless broadband service called Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G, offering speeds up to 100 Mbps and data packages as large as 2 TB. NOW Telecom is another company planning to deploy 5G in the Philippines. Bangladesh Although Bangladesh is one of the top 10 most populous countries in the world, it was very slow to roll out 4G and will likely also take much longer than other countries to implement 5G. In early 2018, the country's telecom regulator BTRC said that: The world will embrace 5G in 2020. So, we too will have to accept new technology and must move on to 5G. There is no option for procrastination. BTRC is expected to auction spectrum for 5G services before the end of 2020 to allow for widespread 5G coverage by 2026. BTCL and Banglalink are two companies to watch for 5G in Bangladesh. Malaysia TM deployed 5G base stations in Malaysia Agro Exposition Park and some other locations in early 2020. These are FWA terminals that support speeds of up to 500 Mbps. In early 2019, Maxis and Huawei and U Mobile and ZTE signed MoUs to collaborate on 5G deployment in Malaysia. U Mobile plans to go live by the end of 2020. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) expects commercial deployment of 5G in Malaysia to take place by the third quarter of 2020. Pakistan 5G might go live for consumers this year given that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority prepared for public 5G trials in 2019. Another tip that the new technology is coming to Pakistan is that the country's 4G pioneer Zong also became the first company in the country to test 5G services. Telenor Pakistan is looking into 5G as well, but no dates have been released. Saudi Arabia 5G has been available in Saudi Arabia through Saudi Telecom Company (STC) since June 2019, but only in specific areas of major cities and only through home routers (no mobile option, yet). See their 5G page for details on plans and devices. According to the company's CEO: 5G is considered as a very important step toward digitalization and connecting everything, which supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 toward economic diversification. The 5G release in Saudi Arabia took place months after the company reached a deal with Ericsson to launch it in the country. STC has also partnered with Nokia to roll out the network; they announced in early 2019 that the rollout phase had already started. Another 5G provider in Saudi Arabia is Zain. A total of several locations have 5G access, including Riyadh, Al Khobar, Dhahran, Tabuk, Hail, Sabya, Ahad Rafidah, Taif, Bisha, Najran, and Jaizan. The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G and ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G are a couple of Zain's 5G products. Mobily 5G is another option. Use their coverage checker to see if you can get 5G where you are. In addition to their mobile 5G plan is 5G internet Home plans. Bahrain 5G in Bahrain arrived in July 2019 when STC (previously called VIVA) launched their 5G data plans. You can get mobile 5G from STC with one of their 5G phones, or 5G at home with the 5G router. The service is available in areas like Reef Island, Amwaj Islands, and Riffa Views. Batelco is another company bringing 5G to Bahrain, choosing Ericsson to provide the 5G equipment. Availability is limited to certain areas as of right now. Zain launched their network on June 29, 2020. Kazakhstan 5G in Kazakhstan isn't coming as soon as other countries. However, according to Prime Minister Askar Mamin, it's definitely in sight, calling for an "Action Plan for the implementation of 5G in Kazakhstan." Askar Mamin said in a meeting held in May 2019, that 5G is expected to cover all Kazakhstan settlements that have a population greater than 50 thousand people. In October 2019, the VEON telecom company launched a 5G trial on a live network. Sri Lanka The country's second-largest mobile network operator, Mobitel, has been working on 5G for years. In early 2017, they partnered with Ericsson with the signing of the 5G Island of Innovation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), and in 2019, invested $50 million USD to roll out the new network in Sri Lanka. However, as of mid-2020, they don't yet have any 5G plans available for customers. Cambodia Service provider Smart Axiata will most likely be the first company to launch 5G in Cambodia. They were the first service provider to make 4G available in the country in 2014, and followed up in 2019 by showcasing the country's first 5G live trial. They expect the first few years of their 5G rollout in Cambodia to be focused on hotspots in major cities. Viettel Cambodia (MetFone) is another company launching 5G in Cambodia, in partnership with Telecom Cambodia. Africa 5G 5G is available in several African countries. South Africa Vodacom Group, which was the first to introduce 4G, 3G, and 2G in South Africa, is at it again with the release of a 5G. In May 2020, they turned on 5G in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town. Wider coverage is expected throughout the year. Rain is another South African telecom that's rolling out 5G. From November 11, 2019 and onward, Rain customers can access the 5G network from home in parts of Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Cape Town, with more areas becoming available throughout 2020. Check 5G service in South Africa with the Rain coverage map. MTN Group Limited partnered with Ericsson in November 2018, to deploy a fixed wireless access 5G site in Midrand. Their 5G network is currently running in a few areas. Nigeria Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) indicates that 5G is planned to roll out in 2020. Senegal Free (formerly Tigo Senegal) and Ericsson are working together to upgrade its network to roll out LTE across 1,000 sites. While this isn't 5G service, it is an important stepping stone. Egypt Although a 5G release date for Egypt isn't yet known, Telecom Egypt and Nokia agreed in early 2019 to introduce a 5G network. Morocco The telecom company Inwi, which covers over 90 percent of the country with mobile internet access, is bringing 5G to Morocco. The two other licensed telecom companies in Morocco are Orange Morocco and Maroc Telecom, but both have been silent on a 5G deployment in the country. Democratic Republic of the Congo The release date for 5G in the Congo is unclear, but according to Léon Juste Ibombo, the country's minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy, we know that the 5G rollout will involve Applus and Congo Telecom: Investments in Congo’s telecommunications sector are astronomical and the state needs credible companies to help it implement the digital economy ecosystem. This company will help our incumbent operator, Congo Telecom, to implement 5G. Tunisia Ooredoo Tunisia has partnered with Nokia through the use of the company's AirGile cloud-native core, to transition Ooredoo to a place where it can provide Tunisia customers with 5G. Kenya Safaricom will likely launch 5G in Nairobi in 2020. Madagascar 5G arrived in Antananarivo and Toamasina on June 26, 2020, via Telma. Uganda ZTE and MTN Uganda launched the first 5G SA network in Nyonyi Garden, Kampala, Uganda, on January 21, 2020. Lesotho Vodafone Lesotho has a standards-based commercial 5G network available for two clients in the banking and mining industries. The network will be expanded to include other customers in the future. Europe 5G 5G networks are live right now in some European countries, and others will get 5G during 2020. Norway Telenor, the country's biggest telecom operator, launched 5G in Norway in March 2020, following early testing from 2017. These locations currently have access to the 5G network: Kongsberg, Elverum, Bodø, Askvoll, Fornebu, Kvitfjell, Longyearbyen and Spikersuppa in Oslo, and Trondheim. Telia Company is another mobile network operator in Norway that opened its first 5G test network in December 2018. In May 2020, Telia launched 5G for customers in Lillestrøm and parts of Groruddalen in Oslo, with plans to expand to other areas during 2020. In June 2020, they began allowing 5G roaming for customers in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Germany According to the 5G Strategy for Germany, released by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), trial installations began in 2018 with a commercial launch in 2020. 5G is planned to be rolled out "over the period to 2025." Deutsche Telekom rolled out 5G in Germany in Berlin, Darmstadt, Munich, Bonn, and Cologne in September 2019. Connectivity is possible through devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. Over 3,000 towns and municipalities have access, and they plan to cover 2/3 of the population with 5G before 2021, and 90 percent of the country by 2025. Another German telecom company that has launched 5G services in the country is Vodafone. They turned on their first 25 base stations on July 16, 2019, added Berlin a month later, and made it a goal to have 50 running before the end of August 2019. Customers can use 5G with a compatible phone. Broadband telecom provider Telefónica Germany revealed in December 2018, that in collaboration with Nokia, they finished building their "Early 5G Innovation Cluster" in Berlin; it'll be used to "test and measure the performance and coverage of first 5G services in a dense urban area." German service provider United Internet AG is another potential 5G player, having announced in early 2019 that they'd be taking part in a 5G spectrum auction. Czech Republic Vodafone will provide 5G services to customers in Karlovy Vary sometime in 2020. This will come a full year after the company tested a 5G holographic call in the same city. United Kingdom The UK's largest network operator, EE, was the first to launch 5G in the UK on May 30, 2019. Service started in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester, and the company now operates the 5G network in 80 cities and towns. EE was also the first in the world to offer the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G smartphone, but they also offer their customers Samsung, OPPO, Huawei, and other 5G phones. Vodafone UK is another big mobile telecommunications provider. After testing how 5G can be used in car communications and successfully completing a holographic phone call using 5G, they launched their fifth-gen network in seven cities on July 3, 2019. The current total stands at 46 locations across the UK. After announcing their commitment to invest billions in 5G, UK's Three launched 5G, accessible first with a phone from Huawei. After testing 5G for home use, they also launched their 5G home broadband service on August 19 in London. Three has a list of everywhere you can get their mobile 5G in the UK. BT Mobile launched 5G services in the UK on October 11, 2019, in 20 cities, but has since expanded to 80 (it uses the EE network). See the 5G phones and plans you can get with BT Mobile, and check out their coverage map. O2 has a 5G network in the United Kingdom, too. It's currently available in 60 locations, including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds, Slough, Leicester, Lisburn, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, and other locations. There are several 5G phones you can use. Tesco Mobile uses O2's network and also began offering 5G to its customers in early 2020. Sky Mobile launched 5G in parts of several locations, including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough, Sheffield, Coventry, Nottingham, Bristol, Derby, and others. When Is 5G Coming to the UK? (Updated for 2020) Italy Vodafone launched 5G in Italy in these five cities in June 2019: Naples, Bologna, Milan, Turin, and Rome. The company plans to roll out 5G to 100 cities by 2021. There are several 5G phones you can buy through Vodafone's website. TIM (Telecom Italia), the largest telecom provider in Italy, made 5G available in Naples, Rome, and Turin as of July 5, 2019. Their 5G network went live in another six cities before the start of 2020: Milan, Bologna, Verona, Florence, Matera, and Bari. By 2021, up to 120 towns and cities will be covered with their network. Iliad, in partnership with Nokia, will also deploy 5G across Italy. Switzerland The first 5G network in Switzerland went live April 17, 2019, via Swisscom. It launched in 54 towns, including Basel, Bern, Chur, Davos, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich. According to Swisscom, more than 90 percent of the population is covered. Swisscom currently offers several phones compatible with the new network, from companies like Samsung, LG, and OPPO. These devices will work everywhere there's 5G service from Swisscom, through an inOne mobile subscription. The country's second-largest telecommunications company, Sunrise, has currently covered several hundred locations with 5G. They ran an ultrafast, 3.28 Gbps 5G test in late 2017, erected their first 5G antenna in mid 2018, and then in November 2018, made live their first standardized 5G network at a ski resort. Salt (formerly Orange Communications) is another telecom company planning 5G in Switzerland. They revealed in January 2019 that they selected Nokia to upgrade their radio and mobile core network to provide mobile 5G services. Spain Vodafone Spain was the first operator to launch 5G in Spain. On June 15, it became available to customers in A Coruña, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gijón, Logroño, Madrid, Malaga, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Santander, Seville, Valencia, Vigo, Vitoria, and Zaragoza. See if your specific address has access with the Vodafone Mobile Coverage Map. According to Vodafone, 5G speeds at launch can be up to 1 Gbps, but will increase to up to 2 Gbps before the end of the year. You need a 5G phone from Vodafone Spain to access the network. After initially purchasing spectrum to implement 5G, Vodafone Spain launched 5G trials in various cities in June 2018, including Madrid, Valencia, Seville, and Barcelona. In late 2018, they installed a 5G network node in La Nave, Madrid, and in February 2019 used standards-based 5G phones to complete their first 5G video calls between Madrid and Barcelona. Orange plans to launch 5G in Spain in 2020. The company revealed in early 2019 that they made their first 5G call using their next-gen network in Valencia and will continue testing the technology in Seville, Vigo, Malaga, Barcelona, Bilbao, and other cities. Austria Network operator A1 kicked off their path toward 5G in Austria by making their first 5G data connection in Gmünd in early January 2019. See their 5G plans and phones here. Magenta Telekom (previously called T-Mobile Austria) is deploying 5G mobile base stations across the country following a 110 MHz spectrum purchase in March 2019. It currently covers 600 locations. See their 5G plans here. Hutchison Three Austria and ZTE are deploying 5G in Austria, too. Their first business client was in Linz, and with 20 5G sites set up by June 2019, it marked Austria's first city with continuous 5G coverage. Several locations are currently covered with the network, which you can see here. Finland Elisa Oyj opened a commercial 5G network in Tampere in June 2018, claiming to be "first in world to launch commercial 5G." According to their coverage map, the network is also located in Oulu, Kuopio, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, and other areas. See their unlimited plans that offer speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (they require a compatible phone). Telia revealed in early December 2018, that Helsinki Airport became the first 5G airport in the world and their first customer using their pre-commercial 5G network. In early 2019, the company began commercial use of its 5G network in three cities and has since expanded to include several more. See the Telia 5G devices you can buy right now for mobile and FWA 5G access. DNA is another Finnish company offering 5G. They began a fixed wireless access service in December, 2019; see their phones here. However, they say that even with the introduction of 5G, 4G will remain the primary network technology used by most people. Russia In 2018, Russia's largest mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), partnered with Samsung to run various 5G tests that included video calls, ultra-low latency video games, and 4K video streaming. These were performed to show that not only is 5G coming to Russia but that Samsung's 5G routers, tablets, and other devices are fully capable of running on a 5G network. They also opened a private 5G network in early 2020. According to GSMA, 5G networks will cover over 80 percent of the Russian population by 2025, so it can be assumed that a big portion of the country will have access even sooner. Another indicator that 5G in Russia is coming sooner than later is the 5G research center that's open in Innopolis, a high-tech city in the Republic of Tatarstan. Tele2 Russia is another telecom company bringing a network to Russia. In collaboration with Ericsson, the company announced in February 2019 that they'd deploy 50,000 base stations. However, Tele2's CEO says "Before launching 5G networks, Russia must first address several infrastructure issues.", so customers might have to wait a while to receive 5G services. Luxembourg Orange is currently the only European telecommunications company that has announced 5G plans for Luxembourg. See their 5G devices here. Slovakia SWAN Mobile signed a 5G commercial contract with ZTE in early 2019 to kick off their rollout plans. Later that year, SWAN announced that the first 5G network in the country had launched. In early 2020, Orange Slovensko selected Nokia to prepare its Radio Access Network for 5G. Slovenia Telekom Slovenia launched their 5G network on July 23, 2020. It's available in several locations throughout the country. Ireland The telecom giant Vodafone went live with a 5G network in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford on August 13, 2019. Check up-to-date availability on Vodafone's 5G page. Vodafone is also working on fixed wireless access. In early December 2018, the company announced that they would begin trials for rural 5G broadband in Roscommon, Gorey, Dungarvan, and Clonmel, covering 20,000 premises. eir's network is live as well. Its 5G locations include Dublin, Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Galway, Dundalk, and more. There's a coverage map here that shows the new network and their 4G, 3G, and 2G coverage. Imagine is another company bringing 5G to Ireland. They announced the launch of their 5G-ready fixed broadband network in February 2019 and plan to build out over 300 sites to cover over one million premises by the fall of 2020. CEO Sean Bolger had this to say about their 5G plan: As an Irish company, we are delighted to announce this significant investment and a new approach which will finally solve this problem and deliver much needed, fast and reliable high-speed broadband to homes, businesses and communities across regional and rural Ireland, today and into the future. Three Ireland is launching a 5G network in the country, too, but it's not clear when. Faroe Islands Føroya Tele, the Faroe Islands' largest telecom provider, launched 5G on June 6, 2019. Channel Islands Jersey Telecom (JT) and ZTE have announced that 5G is coming to the Channel Islands. They began a pre-commercial launch in mid-2019 to test it out. Belarus beCloud launched a 5G test site in the capital, Minsk, in early 2020. They claimed record speeds for the country at 1.9 Gbps. Romania The Romanian government approved the 5G Strategy in June of 2019. The 5G Strategy for Romania projects an action plan with concrete tasks and deadlines for deployment, targeting the launch of services in 2020 and 5G service coverage of all urban centers and major land transport routes by 2025. On June 26 2019, Vodafone Romania launched the country's first 5G subscriptions. All the details, and the 5G phones you can buy, are available on their Supernet 5G page. RCS & RDS is the largest Romanian cable and satellite TV company, and they also have 5G available through the Digi Mobil 5G Smart network. Orange launched 5G in Romania in November 2019. Coverage started in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, and Iasi, and will reach more areas throughout 2020. See the Orange 5G coverage map for details. Hungary Magyar Telekom, the largest Hungarian telecom company, launched 5G in Hungary in April 2020. Service began in parts of Budapest and Zalaegerszeg. Vodafone is another company launching 5G in Hungary. In May of 2019, they released the country's first live 5G station in Zalaegerszeg, and they currently provide access in Budapest as well. Croatia Commercial 5G services are expected to come to Croatia by the end of 2020. Service will start in Osijek, within the region of Slavonia. The mobile operators to watch include Hrvatski Telekom and A1 Hrvatska. Sweden A Tele2 5G network launched in Sweden on May 24, 2020. Stockholm's inner city was the first to see it but other locations will get access throughout 2020, including Gothenburg and Malmö. Telia launched commercial 5G in Sweden as well, on May 25, 2020. The network is available in Stockholm City Center, including Norrmalm, Östermalm, and Vasastan. Their plan is to provide 5G in several other cities before 2021. Three is another Swedish 5G network available. You can see the different launch phases they have planned and where you can get 5G right now, on their 5G at Three page. Poland T-Mobile Polska announced on December 7, 2018, the launch of the country's first 5G network. It was initially available only in the center of Warsaw via five base stations, but as of June 9, 2020, customers can connect to the network across its 1,600 base stations. Polkomtel's Plus mobile phone network operator began offering 5G in Poland on May 11, 2020. The first 100 5G base stations, deployed in these seven cities, covered around 900 thousand people: Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin, and Wrocław. 600 additional towers are expected throughout 2020. 5G is also available from Play in Warsaw, Wrocław, and other locations. Check their coverage map for details. Orange is another mobile network operator that launched 5G in Poland on July 1, 2020. Locations include Warsaw, Łódź, Płock, Poznań, Wrocław, Upper Silesian Industrial District, Kraków, Kielce, Opole, Częstochowa, Rzeszów, and Bielsko Biała. Portugal Vodafone brought Portugal its first 5G connection on December 12, 2018, via a 5G smartphone prototype from Qualcomm. The company also tested a virtual reality game and video call on Ericsson's 5G network. ANACOM, Portugal's communications regulator, has authorized 5G tests and expects commercial rollouts in 2021, following a 5G auction. France French regulator Arcep expects commercial 5G rollout in France to take place in 2020. Following authorization, Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, SFR, and Orange will provide 5G. Estonia Estonia will likely see a commercially available 5G network in 2020. The country's first 5G test network went live on December 20, 2018. It was launched by Telia Company, TalTech University, and Ericsson. According to Telia Company, the 5G network is a... testbed for innovation and research for industry partners and academia. TalTech University´s scientists and students, as well as companies and startups can create and test solutions that require fast, high-quality data connection. Latvia One company bringing 5G to Latvia is Tele2. They launched their first 5G base station in Riga in July of 2019, made their first 5G video call a few months later, have released 5G phones, and began offering their network in Daugavpils and Jelgava in early 2020. Denmark Telenor Group brought 5G tests to Denmark in 2019 via Nokia's AirScale Base Stations. According to Telenor, the trials: support 5G use cases such as robotics control, industrial automation, 5G/LTE dual connectivity and Fixed Wireless Access for high performance last mile connectivity. Telia Company is another mobile network operator that began live 5G tests in Denmark in June 2019. Azerbaijan In early 2019, Azercell chose Ericsson in a two-year 5G deal to provide the telecom company with radio equipment and related services. In November 2019, they launched their first 5G network in Azerbaijan. Iceland Síminn is the leading provider of wireless communication services in Iceland. They announced in early 2019 that they'd be partnering with Ericsson to deploy 5G-ready equipment to the country. The Netherlands VodafoneZiggo launched 5G across more than half of the Netherlands with Ericsson Spectrum Sharing in April 2020, and officially announced nationwide coverage on July 20, 2020 (see the coverage map). T-Mobile acquired necessary spectrum to roll out their network several days before launching 5G on July 28, 2020. Nationwide coverage is expected before 2021. See their 5G from T-Mobile page for more on how to get it. KPN's 5G network went live on July 28, 2020, from parts of Amsterdam and The Hague to Southern Eindhoven and several areas in between. This, they say, is reaching nearly half of the population. Next year is when they plan to have nationwide coverage. See their 5G map here. However, 5G-level speeds aren't expected for a couple years: The first 5G connections will not be much faster than 4G. However, in 2022, when the Dutch service providers will bid for the high-speed frequencies at auction, everything will speed up significantly. Monaco Monaco Telecom customers have access to 5G across all of the Principality of Monaco via the Huawei Mate 20 X and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. Full coverage of the entire country was completed in July 2019. Belgium Proximus is the largest mobile telecommunications company in Belgium. Take a look at their 5G network coverage map for all the details on where you can get service. You'll need a 5G mobile subscription as well as a 5G phone that works on the Proximus network, such as the Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G. In 2019, Orange and Proximus agreed to set up a shared mobile access network, a move that could mean 5G reaches across Belgium even faster. Malta Vodafone doesn't have a solid 5G release date yet, but they're working on bringing 5G to Malta. On October 4, 2019, they began letting customers try out 5G in areas of Birkirkara, St Julians, and Sliema. Oceania 5G Most major countries in Oceania saw limited 5G roll-out in 2019 with greater availability arriving in 2020. Australia Australia's second largest telecommunications company, Optus, launched 5G for mobile and home use on November 4, 2019. The launch involved over 290 5G sites in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and other locations in NSW, Victoria, and Queensland. See the Optus 5G coverage map for current details on their mobile and home service. Telstra announced in August 2018, that they had enabled 5G technology in areas of the Gold Coast, giving the state of Queensland the country's first 5G-ready network. They also enabled 5G mobile base stations in Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth in October 2018, and more later that year. According to the CEO, they erected 200+ 5G-capable sites before the end of 2018. See their coverage map for current details. Vodafone has provided a 2020 release date for 5G in Australia. This is a reasonable time frame considering that not only is Vodafone the country's largest mobile provider but because they partnered with Nokia in 2019 to agree to a 2020 5G rollout. Customers can expect 5G in these areas. When Is 5G Coming to Australia? (Updated for 2020) New Zealand Spark NZ offers a couple 5G broadband plans for service at home; visit that link and enter your address to see if it covers your area. They switched on the network for the first time in September 2019 for a limited number of customers. On July 29, 2020, they kicked off mobile 5G with Palmerston North as the first area with both fixed and mobile access. Vodafone is another 5G player in New Zealand. They enabled 5G in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown in late 2019, and that's currently still the only places they offer it. See their 5G-ready phones. Guam 5G fixed wireless access arrived in Guam in the second half of 2019 through SK Telecom and IT&E. According to SK Telecom, the plan has been to start the 5G rollout in highly concentrated areas and places that don't currently have fixed-line infrastructure. Coverage will then extend to wider areas.