Internet, Networking, & Security 5G 5G: The Latest News & Updates The latest and greatest that's happening in the world of 5G 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 March 31, 2020 5G Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email New 5G information is released daily from around the world. Some companies are starting 5G trials in new cities, others are announcing when customers can order their 5G service, and some businesses are releasing new ideas for how 5G will change the way we live. 5G availability is extremely limited right now, with only a few locations having a live, non-demo, subscriber-based network up and running. However, many companies are just a few months away from launching a full-blown 5G network for customers to use. Below is all the information you need to know to stay on track with how 5G is progressing around the globe. 5G is significantly faster than 4G because it uses different radio frequencies. See How Are 4G and 5G Different? for more. 5G Releases and Trials Rawpixel.com Many companies around the world are announcing where 5G can be used right now and when 5G trials are becoming available. 5G Challenges: Why It Isn't Rolling Out Faster March 31: West Midlands 5G and O2 will launch 5G testbeds in the UK, in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Coventry.March 27: Fujitsu is granted a private 5G license and will launch a 5G network from its Kawasaki City location in Japan that can be used by its customers and partners for 5G use cases.March 26: KDDI launches 5G in Japan, becoming the country's second carrier to do so.March 25: T-Mobile launches their $15 /month, unlimited talk and text, 2 GB data 5G plan called T-Mobile Connect. A data upgrade to 5 GB /month is available for $25 /month.March 25: NTT DOCOMO launches 5G in Japan, starting off with max download speeds of 3.4 Gbps that will increase to 4.1 Gbps in June.March 23: KDDI will launch 5G in Japan on March 26.March 20: Ericsson and mobile operator SmarTone make a five-year deal to deploy 5G in Hong Kong.March 19: T-Mobile's 5G network now reaches Hatch NM, Hood River OR, Cordes Lake AZ, and Ault CO.March 16: Telenor begins offering 5G in Norway.March 16: AT&T's 5G network expands to 20 more markets, including Allentown PA, Hancock County GA, Harrisburg PA, Huntsville AL, Otsego County NY, Santa Cruz CA, and Trenton NJ.March 12: EE turns on 5G access for 21 new towns and cities in the UK.March 9: T-Mobile brings 5G coverage in and around areas of Corvallis OR, Jackson TN, and Twin Falls ID.March 9: PLDT is hoping to have a 5G network up and running in the Philippines before June 2020.March 6: The Rogers 5G network becomes accessible to Canadians via the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G phone.March 6: Charter's Spectrum Mobile begins rolling out 5G in dozens of cities, including Omaha, Dallas, Boston, Detroit, Washington D.C., St. Paul, Denver, Miami, and Kansas City.March 5: SoftBank will launch its 5G services in Japan on March 27 for 1,000 yen /month ($9 USD).March 4: Tesco Mobile rolls out 5G in 24 UK cities.March 4: AT&T continues its 5G rollout to 22 more markets.February 26: U.S. Cellular turns on 5G in its first city, Racine, WI; will be available for use on March 6.February 24: Verizon's 5G network is turned on at the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub in Atlanta.February 17: AT&T expands its low-band 5G network to 13 more areas, including Chattooga County GA, Hunterdon County NJ, Ocean County NJ, Orange County NY, Portland OR, Utica-Rome NY, Vallejo CA, and Wilmington DE.February 14: Iliad and Nokia will deploy 5G across France and Italy.February 14: Three's mobile 5G in the UK will be available in dozens of additional cities across the country by the end of February.February 13: Vodafone Australia is currently planning over 650 5G sites, with the first phase including parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, and the Gold Coast; will progressively go live from mid-2020.February 11: T-Mobile expands its 5G network to 95 cities and towns across 27 states.February 11: AT&T starts providing low-band 5G service in Gila County, Ariz., Hartford, Conn., Kalamazoo, Mich., Kansas City, Mo., Macon, Ga., Newaygo County, Mich., Northeast Penn., Salem, Ore., Spokane, Wash., Worth County, Ga. and York, Penn.February 11: T-Mobile and Sprint merger moves forward after federal court approval; could be finalized by April 1.February 10: BT in the UK expands its 5G service beyond Halo customers to include all BT users.February 10: Vodafone Germany and TOTAL activate the first 5G filling stations in Europe, allowing digital services and cash register terminals to transmit data at speeds of up to 500 Mbps.February 6: Proximus, Belgium's largest telecommunications company, plans to test a 5G network at the Port of Antwerp.February 5: AT&T's low-band 5G network expands to 13 new cities, including Bakersfield CA, Wichita KS, Boston MA, St. Louis MO, and Dayton OH.February 5: NYC allows 5G equipment on street lights.February 4: Vodacom Group plans to use Liquid Telecom to launch 5G in South Africa in 2020.January 31: Charter is planning to provide mobile 5G services in Q1 2020.January 30: Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G services are now available in Little Rock AR, Kansas City MO, and Cincinnati OH.January 30: AT&T's low-band 5G network covers 50 million people and will reach 200 million by mid-2020.January 27: 5G will reach Croatia by the end of 2020, beginning in Osijek.January 21: Safaricom has been approved to launch 5G in Kenya; service might begin in Nairobi before February.January 20: Liquid Telecom is launching the first 5G wholesale roaming network in South Africa in early 2020.January 16: Sky Mobile expands UK 5G coverage to 20 cities, promises to hit 50 by this summer, and offers free 5G access for Sky VIP members.January 15: Rogers announces that it's starting to roll out their 5G network in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto, and will reach 20 more markets before 2021.January 15: AT&T will provide 5G services to the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.January 14: Vietnam is taking steps to commercialize 5G in 2020.January 13: Vodafone opens 5G roaming to the Republic of Ireland and pushes 5G coverage to over 100 locations across the UK and other countries.January 12: Polish provider Play agrees to introduce 5G in Gdynia.January 9: Samsung partners with BMW to bring 5G to automobiles, the first of which is expected for the 2021 BMW iNext.January 6: With the help of AT&T, a 5G-powered smart facility will be opened by the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC to aid in cancer research and treatment.January 6: Polish mobile phone network operator Polkomtel plans to deploy 5G in seven cities by the end of March 2020.January 3: AT&T expands their 5G+ service to 10 more cities, reaching 35.December 31: O2's 5G service is now available in 20 cities.December 27: 5G becomes available through Verizon in the football stadium and hockey arena in Buffalo New York.December 23: Brussels Airport is building its own 5G network with the help of Nokia and Citymesh, set to go live by the end of March 2020.December 23: Verizon brings 5G to three more cities: Hampton Roads VA, Columbus OH, and Cleveland OH.December 19: Partnership between SETAR and Nokia expands to now expect full 5G coverage on the island of Aruba by 2022.December 18: EE turns on 5G in six more major UK cities, totalling 50 for 2019.December 13: AT&T's 5G service launches in 10 markets, available via the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G.December 11: Danish telecommunications company TDC opens 5G pilot in Helsingør using Ericsson-provided equipment.December 10: Vodafone New Zealand turns on 5G in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown.December 5: FCC Chairman Pai announces plan to launch $9 billion 5G Fund for rural America, targeting hard-to-serve areas with sparse populations and/or rugged terrain.December 2: T-Mobile launches America's first nationwide 5G network.November 22: AT&T says that "in the coming weeks," their 5G network will launch over low-band spectrum in areas of Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence RI, Rochester NY, and San Diego, but that they also plan to launch in Boston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, New York City, San Francisco, Birmingham AL, Bridgeport CT, Buffalo NY, Louisville KY, San Jose CA, and other locations.November 20: Verizon releases detailed 5G coverage maps.November 19: EE announces more 5G sites in the UK, adding 14 new cities and towns.November 19: Verizon's mobile 5G network is now available in parts of three additional cities: Boston MA, Houston TX, and Sioux Falls SD.November 11: Rain makes 5G available to existing and new customers in South Africa.November 8: The UAE's Du will roll out 5G in the Global Village entertainment complex.November 7: T-Mobile plans to turn on its nationwide 5G network on December 6, covering over 200 million Americans across 5,000 cities.November 6: The University of Miami and AT&T are bringing 5G to the campus to allow faculty and students to test and develop next-gen apps.November 5: Orange Romania launches 5G in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, and Iasi.November 4: The Department of Defense chooses military bases to test 5G: Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Naval Base San Diego in California, and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia.November 4: Optus launches 5G in Australia for both in-home and mobile use.October 31: Three state-owned mobile operators launch 5G in China.October 31: eir launches 5G in Ireland, starting with Dublin, Cork, Carlow, Waterford, Dundalk, Castlebar, and other locations.October 30: Nokia prepares Ooredoo Tunisia for 5G with cloud mobile core project.October 30: VOXI begins offering an unlimited, no-contract, 5G plan for UK customers.October 29: Three Chinese telecom operators will begin selling 5G data plans on November 1.October 25: Verizon's mobile 5G service goes live in Dallas TX and Omaha NE.October 23: T-Mobile plans to cover 200 million people with 5G in the United States before 2020.October 22: Sprint expands 5G coverage to reach 16 million people across nine metropolitan areas.October 21: VEON telecom company launches a large-scale 5G trial in Central Asian country Kazakhstan.October 21: Verizon's 5G Home service expands to Chicago starting October 24.October 17: O2 switches on 5G in the UK in these six cities, which are part of 20 that will receive 5G access before 2020: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough, and Leeds.October 11: BT Mobile launches 5G in the UK in 20 cities, including London, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester.October 9: Nokia and Telia bring 5G FWA to Finland via Nokia's FastMile 5G gateway.October 9: 5G is coming to the UK via BT on October 11, starting with 20 cities.October 7: Vodafone Spain will broaden its 5G coverage to another 34 cities and will begin commercial 5G services in the first half of 2020.October 5: Vodafone Hungary sets October 17 as the day it deploys its first 5G base stations.October 2: U.S. Cellular reveals that Iowa and Wisconsin will be the first locations to experience its 5G network in 2020.September 30: DOCOMO runs 5G between a high-speed bullet train and an experimental base station, in what it's calling a world's first.September 26: Verizon 5G comes to customers in Boise, Panama City, and New York City.September 26: Spark enables 5G for a limited number of customers in Alexandra, Central Otago.September 26: Telenor launches Scandinavia’s largest 5G pilot in Elverum, Norway.September 25: Malaysia will start 5G trials in October.September 24: Vivint Internet launches fixed 5G service in Utah.September 23: Verizon seeks permission to install small cell antennas in Brick Township, New Jersey.September 10: Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband goes live at Mcity, the University of Michigan's testbed for autonomous vehicles.September 5: These German cities now have 5G access via Deutsche Telekom: Berlin, Darmstadt, Munich, Bonn, and Cologne.August 27: Sprint expands 5G coverage to a total of nine US cities, including these: Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.August 22: Pakistani mobile network operator Zong successfully tests 5G in the country.August 22: Verizon's 5G service will go live in Phoenix AZ on August 23.August 19: Three turns on 5G in the UK via its first home broadband plan for London customers: unlimited data for £35 per month.August 13: Vodafone Ireland and Ericsson launch 5G across these locations in Ireland: Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway, and Waterford.August 6: AT&T launches 5G in parts of New York City for select business customers.August 1: Vodafone announces plans to turn on its 5G network in New Zealand in December, starting in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown.July 31: Verizon's mobile 5G service comes to four more cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Washington, DC.July 26: Following the proposed Sprint and T-Mobile merge, Dish agrees to build out a 5G network across 70 percent of the US population by 2023, producing download speeds reaching at least 35 Mbps.July 26: Sky Mobile is bringing 5G to the UK starting this November, with these as the first cities: London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds, and Slough.July 25: O2 announces October 5G launch for the UK, starting in 20 locations in 2019 and expanding to 50 by the summer of 2020.July 22: 5G goes live at all BMW Brilliance Automotive plants in China.July 18: Verizon launches mobile 5G in St. Paul MN.July 16: Vodafone launches 5G in Germany.July 16: South Korea's SK Telecom partners with Swiss telecom company Swisscom to offer users a 5G roaming service.July 12: SWAN Mobile and ZTE perform the first 5G video call in Slovakia.July 11: Sprint brings mobile 5G to Chicago.July 9: The Principality of Monaco obtains full 5G coverage via Monaco Telecom.July 8: Cambodian service provider, Smart Axiata, launches a 5G live trial and expects 5G to roll out in the country via hotspots, initially.July 8: T-Mobile Netherlands promises nationwide 5G coverage by 2020, and announces three 5G research locations in the Netherlands.July 5: An underground 5G network is built in a mine in Kankberg, Sweden, via Telia, Ericsson, and Boliden.July 5: Shanghai plans to spend over $4 billion to build 30,000 5G base stations throughout the entire city by 2021.July 3: Vodafone brings 5G to the UK by switching it on in seven cities.June 28: T-Mobile begins offering the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on their mobile network, available in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York.June 28: EE launches 5GEE WiFi, the UK's first 5G mobile broadband service.June 27: Verizon's mobile 5G service goes live in various areas around Denver CO.June 26: 5G tests arrive in Denmark via Telia Company.June 25: T-Mobile announces the first six cities to receive 5G service on June 28.June 21: Hutchison Drei Austria and ZTE deploy 5G across the city of Linz, Austria.June 20: The government of Romania approves a 5G strategy which targets the launch of 5G services in 2020.June 19: Alaskan telecom company GCI partners with Ericsson to bring 5G to Anchorage in 2020.June 18: Three UK announces 5G trials in Camden and Wandsworth.June 15: Zain announces its 5G home broadband internet plans for Kuwait customers: 45 KWD /month for 500 GB, 65 KWD /month for 1 TB, and 100 KWD /month for 4 GB.June 10: Vodafone Spain announces that over a dozen locations will have access to 5G services in Spain on June 15.June 10: 5G is coming to the UK in August via Three, claiming it will be the "fastest 5G network."June 5: Vodafone launches 5G in five Italian cities: Milan, Rome, Turin, Bologna, and Naples.May 30: Ireland’s National 5G Test Centre opens at Maynooth University.May 30: Sprint 5G service comes to areas of Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City.May 30: Etisalat launches 5G in the United Arab Emirates with the launch of the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G phone.May 30: EE launches 5G service in the UK.May 29: Gogo, provider of in-flight internet service, announces Gogo 5G as its new 5G network for aviation.May 29: Tokyo-based holding company SoftBank chooses Ericsson as its primary 5G vendor for a multi-band 5G network in Japan.May 22: EE announces the launch of 5G in the UK, as well as 5G plans and devices that you can pre-order to use on the 5G network when it's switched on May 30.May 21: Ericsson launches a new 5G innovation hub in Moscow, Russia.May 20: Vietnam's largest mobile network operator, Viettel, will run 5G pilots starting in June.May 20: Optus announces more areas getting 5G in Australia by the end of May: Bonnyrigg and Minchinbury in Sydney’s west, Niagara Park on the NSW Central Coast, Cook in the ACT, and Kenmore outside of Brisbane.May 15: Fishers Indiana grants AT&T permission to install small cell towers for 5G.May 14: Vodafone 5G will go live July 3, 2019, in the UK.May 7: Sprint plans to launch mobile 5G in "the coming weeks" starting in areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City.April 28: Ericsson and Saudi Arabian telecom company Mobily reach 5G speeds of over 1 Gbps in tests conducted in Mecca.April 26: AT&T 5G network in Atlanta reaches speeds over 2 Gbps.April 25: China Unicom brings 5G to the Qianhai-Shekou Free Trade Zone in Shenzhen.April 25: Verizon names 20 more US cities that will have access to its mobile 5G network in 2019.April 24: EE will trial a 5G network at Worthy Farm during Glastonbury Festival to create the UK's first 5G-connected festival.April 23: China Unicom moves up its commercial 5G rollout to May 2019.April 17: Swisscom's 5G network goes live across 102 locations.April 11: Vodafone UK begins testing 5G in Newbury.April 10: Swisscom plans to cover all of Switzerland in 5G before 2020.April 9: AT&T 5G comes to seven more cities: Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.April 9: Azercell, a mobile telecom company in Azerbaijan, makes a two-year 5G deal with Ericsson to upgrade its mobile network.April 8: San Diego CA and Verizon reach a deal to begin laying the groundwork for 5G in the city.April 8: Sri Lanka, a South Asian island country, will invest $50 million USD in 2019 to roll out 5G.April 6: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Communications & Information Technology vice minister reports that 5G networks are expected in the country by the end of Q2 or early Q3 2019.April 4: Swiss telecom provider Sunrise announces 5G coverage in over 150 cities and villages, and provides a 5G coverage map.April 4: Orange Spain and ZTE complete their first 5G call on a 5G network in Valencia, and announce 5G tests in Seville, Barcelona, Bilbao, Vigo, and other cities.April 3: Verizon turns on 5G ahead of schedule in Chicago and Minneapolis.April 3: SK Telecom announces their upcoming 5G plans for South Korea.April 2: KT reveals their unlimited 5G plans for South Korean customers, set to go into effect April 5.April 1: Inwi announces plans to launch 5G in Morocco. 5G Phones and Other Hardware Freepik Phones for 5G are quickly approaching, with some companies already releasing them and many others planning to this year. Other mobile carriers are offering 5G hotspots so that customers can get on 5G with their 4G devices. The 14 Best 5G Phones of 2020 March 24: Vivo's newest smartphone, Vivo S6 5G, will launch on March 31 and is expected to have a 6.44-inch display and run Android 10, with the choice of 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM.March 22: Nokia unveils the Nokia 8.3 5G phone.March 17: ZTE will announce their third 5G phone, the Axon 11 5G, on March 23.March 6: OPPO launches two new 5G phones: Find X2 and Find X2 Pro.March 6: U.S. Cellular customers can purchase 5G-ready phones in stores and online; their 5G coverage map details where you can get service.March 3: vivo is set to reveal the NEX 3s 5G smartphone on March 10 at an event in China.February 26: Verizon announces that the LG V60 ThinQ 5G UW is coming to its Ultra Wideband and low-band 5G network.February 25: Verizon achieves 4.2 Gbps speeds on its 5G network by combining eight channels of spectrum.February 24: Sony announces its first 5G phone, the Xperia 1 II.February 24: Huawei announces the MatePad Pro 5G, a tablet with two-way wireless charging, 5G support, and the ability to mirror a smartphone's screen.February 20: vivo announces the Z6 5G phone; will arrive on February 29.February 18: Sharp announces the Aquos R5G phone for the Japanese market.February 17: Nubia Red Magic 5G phone expected to launch in early 2020.February 14: IQOO 3 5G will launch in China and India on February 25.February 11: Samsung announces the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, all 5G phones; pre-orders start February 21.January 22: Sony might launch its first 5G smartphone at MWC 2020.January 21: The Samsung Galaxy S20 will be available in three models, all of which are expected to be released with built-in support for 5G.January 15: Pivotal Commware begins shipping its Echo 5G repeater to Verizon.January 7: Verizon plans to release 20 5G phones in 2020, some priced no higher than $600.January 7: Lenovo expects the Flex 5G laptop to arrive by spring 2020.January 6: Airgain announces its 5G mmWave beamforming antenna.January 2: Dell announces the Latitude 9510, a 5G-enabled laptop.December 30: Oppo launches the Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro 5G phones in China.December 30: Black Shark might be releasing a 5G gaming phone in the first half of 2020.December 16: ZTE announces the Axon 10s Pro, which is compatible with both 5G SA and NSA modes.December 10: Xiaomi launches Redmi K30 5G.December 2: T-Mobile starts preorders for the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G.November 25: The first 5G phone from Realme, the Realme X50, will arrive in China likely before 2020.November 22: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G preorders start November 25.November 20: Samsung releases a foldable 5G phone, the W20 5G, in China.November 12: Honor will launch the V30 5G phone on November 26.November 4: Kakao launches Stage 5G, its first 5G smartphone.October 30: Apple is reportedly planning to ship 80 million 5G phones in 2020.October 24: The OPPO Reno 5G is now available in the UK via O2.October 17: The Nokia 8.2 5G is expected to be released in early 2020.October 15: ZTE launches the H339X, a 5G+VDSL2 hybrid home gateway.October 15: Apple will reportedly release a 5G modem in iPhones by 2022.September 27: Optus expands its 5G handset range to include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Oppo Reno 5G.September 24: Xiaomi announces the Mi 9 Pro 5G smartphone and the $2,800 Mi MIX Alpha.September 17: Vivo unveils the Nex 3 5G, a smartphone with a curved display and three cameras on the back.September 8: SK Telecom signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Samsung to develop a 5G 8K TV.September 3: Samsung announces a new 5G-capable phone, the Galaxy A90 5G, set to launch first in Korea.August 26: Huawei-owned Honor brand of smartphones might support 5G with the Honor View30.August 23: The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G is for sale from Verizon, Vodafone UK, EE, Telstra, and O2.August 21: Nokia will make a 5G-capable phone in 2020 at half the price of current 5G phones.August 14: Vivo will launch their 5G gaming smartphone on August 22.August 12: Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+ 5G becomes the top-ranked device for smartphone image quality, according to DxOMark.August 7: Samsung unveils the 6.8" Galaxy Note10+ 5G.August 6: Sprint announces plans to carry the OnePlus 5G phone.August 1: O2 begins offering the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G for UK customers in preparation for their October launch.July 29: Apple is rumored to be launching three 5G-compatible iPhones in 2020.July 18: Verizon launches their first 5G hotspot, the Inseego MiFi.July 11: A new 5G phone from Samsung, the Galaxy A90, is reportedly launching in September or October.July 9: Apple might be working on a foldable 5G iPad for release in 2020.June 26: ZTE launches a 5G/FTTH dual-mode home gateway.June 24: Sunrise begins to offer the HTC 5G Hub in Switzerland.June 20: Nokia reveals a 5G-ready battery design with 2.5 times the battery life.June 18: Verizon will start selling the LG V50 ThinQ 5G on June 20.June 17: Apple will reportedly launch two 5G iPhones in 2020.June 16: The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G phone arrives in the UAE via du.June 14: Sprint begins pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.June 12: On June 17, AT&T will begin making the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G available to AT&T Business customers.June 7: Smartphone maker Realme announces plans to develop a 5G phone in 2019.June 7: EE launches the LG V50 ThinQ 5G and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in the UK.June 5: The Sony Xperia F is reportedly Sony's upcoming foldable 5G phone.May 30: ZTE launches the Axon 10 Pro 5G phone in Finland via Elisa.May 30: Motorola unveils their second modular 5G phone, the moto z4.May 29: Ericsson, AGC, and DOCOMO announce successful mobile communication over a 5G network using an antenna embedded in synthetic fused silica glass.May 29: MediaTek, a Taiwanese semiconductor company, announces a brand-new 5G chip for high-end smartphones.May 27: Lenovo and Qualcomm reveal the world's first 5G-powered PC.May 22: Telstra launches Australia's first 5G mobile device, the HTC 5G Hub.May 17: Sprint opens pre-orders for the LG V50 ThinQ 5G phone and the HTC 5G Hub.May 16: Sprint announces that its first two 5G devices — LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub — will be available for purchase on May 31, with pre-orders starting May 17.May 15: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G set to launch on June 7 in the UK through EE and Vodafone, with pre-orders starting May 22.May 15: Verizon expects the vast majority of 5G Home users to self-install the hardware when the service relaunches in late 2019.May 14: EE announces that it will be the first operator in the world to offer the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G smartphone this summer.May 6: ZTE launches the first 5G phone in China, the Axon 10 Pro.May 2: Sunrise begins selling the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G in Switzerland.May 1: Huawei plans to sell the world's first 5G 8K TV in 2019.May 1: Swisscom begins selling the OPPO Reno 5G smartphone.April 30: Sunrise announces two 5G smartphones it will sell starting May 2nd: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G and Huawei Mate X.April 25: Verizon opens preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.April 24: OPPO unveils the Reno 5G, it's first phone that runs on 5G networks.April 23: ZTE will launch the Axon 10 Pro 5G phone with the F2FS file system in Europe and China in May.April 18: Huawei promises to create a $600 5G phone.April 9: Huawei launches the NetEngine 8000, a metro router for 5G.April 5: The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G launches in South Korea in 512 GB and 256 GB models.April 4: Samsung announces the mass production of its 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100.April 1: LG will begin selling the V50 ThinQ 5G on April 19 in South Korea.April 1: Samsung confirms that Korean carriers will begin offering the Galaxy S10 5G on April 5. New 5G Use Cases Freepik A new era of 5G-enabled products is beginning. A few practical use cases for 5G include interconnected smart cities, mobile augmented reality and virtual reality, and device-to-device communication. 5G Will Change Everything... No, Really! February 11: Nokia and SoftBank Corp. complete the first 5G connected car test.February 5: CloudMinds donates emergency shipment of 5G cloud robots to help combat the viral epidemic in Wuhan and Shanghai.January 24: Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo will launch a 5G-based video streaming service in March.December 13: South Korean telco KT launches a 5G-based video call reporting service that lets patients make video calls with emergency call centers.December 12: Nokia and Germany's Deutsche Bahn plan to test using 5G for driverless trains.December 11: Telia and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology test how 5G can be used for self-driving ferries in the Trondheim canal.November 27: Elisa and Varjo perform VR broadcast with 5G in human eye resolution.November 18: Verizon, NBC, and Macy's will use 5G at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to power an augmented reality and hologram experience for viewers in Bryant Park.November 15: AT&T will use 5G to cover the DreamHack Atlanta esports event.October 13: On October 20, China will launch an autonomous, 5G-powered micro-bus.October 3: The Air Force has switched on 5G at 10 bases to allow for faster data extractions from planes.October 3: Vodafone and Ubitus partner to launch the GameCloud-based 5G gaming service GameNow in Italy.September 13: Vodafone Portugal and TVI make the country's first 5G holographic call on live TV.September 6: A mini, 5G-powered self-driving delivery vehicle capable of holding dozens of packages is announced out of Beijing Institute of Technology.August 29: Telia, Nokia, and other companies use 5G to monitor blue-green algae in the Baltic Sea.August 21: The mobile game streaming service from Hatch is now optimized for 5G and available on Android 5G devices in Germany via Vodafone.August 14: Telia shows how 5G technology can be used to make mobile payments with just your face.July 12: China Construction Bank plans to open 10 5G-powered, unmanned banks in Beijing before 2020.June 24: A remote-controlled, 5G-powered ultrasound scan is performed in the UK to show how 5G can transform healthcare.June 20: German electric vehicle manufacturer e.GO Mobile AG teams up with Ericsson and Vodafone for 5G manufacturing production.June 14: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power sign a 5G-based smart power plant construction agreement.June 11: 5G is used in a remote gall bladder surgery in China's Hubei province.June 3: Samsung teams up with Hatch for a 5G game streaming app compatible with the Galaxy S10 5G phone.June 2: China Telecom plans to build a 5G-based eye hospital at the Xiamen Eye Center of Xiamen University.May 25: BELAZ unmanned dump trucks connect to a 5G network in Zhodzina, Belarus.May 23: SK Telecom plans to install 5G ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) on over one thousand buses and taxis in Seoul, South Korea, to create HD maps for autonomous vehicles.May 10: Shitai County People's Hospital conducts a remote surgery over a 5G network.May 1: AT&T and LiveU team up to use 5G during live news and sports broadcasts.April 26: China Unicom and ZTE help Shandong Lingong Group create a 5G-powered remote control excavator that could be used for intelligent mining.April 16: Intel announces its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business.April 15: SK Telecom announces plans to build a 5G-based "Smart Military Academy" for military training, fitness management, facility management, and more. 5G Research, Investing, and Other News Freepik 5G isn't yet as ubiquitous as 4G, but that doesn't stop businesses from planning how they can capitalize on it. Companies are developing ideas on how they might one day use a 5G network or 5G device; some could even prove to be a good investment if you get in early. March 5: Google announces a collaboration with AT&T; will create 5G edge computing solutions for businesses.March 3: Vodafone and Rakuten invest in AST & Science, a space-based network that will eventually support 5G and let users access the internet even in remote locations.March 2: Walmart and Verizon plan to create a 5G partnership where 5G equipment is installed at a few Walmart locations to power their new digital health services.February 26: Cellnex and Bouygues Telecom agree to form a new company that will deploy a national fiber optic network to accelerate the rollout of 5G in France.February 19: Telstra will sell Cradlepoint's new 5G adapters for enterprises.February 18: Silvers IMA launches 5G mmWave Dual Quad Beamformer IC (BFIC) to be used in 5G applications.February 15: Department of Defense 2021 budget proposal includes $1.5 billion for microelectronics/5G.February 13: Verizon named official 5G Mobility Partner of NASCAR; will improve Wi-Fi service at 12 racetracks over the next three years.February 11: Telecommunications infrastructure company Raycap acquires Apelio, expanding its product offering for the small cell 5G telecom market.February 3: Akoustis announces its first volume commercial order for 5G small cell network infrastructure filter solutions.January 31: Verizon expects to spend $17-$18 billion in 2020 on its 5G and fiber buildout.January 31: Nokia signs 5G deal with Orange France.January 21: Japan reportedly begins plans to launch 6G by 2030.January 15: The 5G Future Forum is created by global 5G leaders including Verizon, América Móvil, KT, Rogers, Telstra, and Vodafone.January 13: Samsung acquires network services provider TeleWorld Solutions to accelerate US 5G network expansion.January 9: Nokia reaches 63 commercial 5G contracts, making it a "global leader in the delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions."January 1: India's Department of Telecommunications will provide 5G trial spectrum to all telecom service providers ahead of trials that are expected to commence in February.December 26: China is estimating 3 million 5G network data plan subscriptions before the start of 2020.December 17: CommScope adds support for sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G New Radio on its fixed wireless access gateway platform.December 16: Huawei launches its 5G Innovation and Experience Centre in London.December 12: The FCC proposes changes to the rules governing the 3.1-3.55 GHz band, the first step to making spectrum in this band available for 5G and other advanced commercial services.December 3: Verizon and AWS team up to deliver 5G edge cloud computing.November 14: Ribbon Communication will merge with ECI Telecom Group Ltd, positioning them to better serve the 5G market.October 21: 5G stocks like Skyworks are increasing in demand.October 17: Gartner predicts that the largest market for 5G IoT over the next three years will be outdoor surveillance cameras.October 16: Huawei announces the shipment of over 400,000 5G active antenna units (AAUs).October 14: China-based Quectel achieves a 5G data call with its mmWave module.October 8: Telia and Ericsson reach a new partnership to launch 5G in Norway over the next four years, beginning in the enterprise sector.October 2: Audi reveals that its testing, developing, and supporting the 5G standard for communication between vehicles.October 1: The Department of Homeland Security is looking into using their Washington, D.C., campus as a 5G facility.September 30: It's been estimated that 6G, when it becomes available, will be 100 times faster than 5G.September 26: Sunrise gets approval to acquire cable operator UPC Switzerland, which positions Sunrise to offer 5G to potentially 90% of households at speeds of up to 1 Gb/s by 2021.September 24: Nokia opens a 5G Future X Lab at its headquarters in Finland.September 13: O2 unveils Unlimited Data Consumer plans in the UK that are compatible with their 5G devices.September 10: Ericsson and Nex-Tech Wireless sign a deal to roll out 5G in parts of Kansas.August 27: Deutsche Telekom and Huber+Suhner are developing 5G small cell antennas.August 20: Huawei is presumably preparing to purchase 5G chips from MediaTek for use in low-end 5G smartphones.August 19: Etisalat performs their first 5G video call from the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.August 14: FCC chairman formally recommends the T-Mobile and Sprint merger.August 6: Turkcell breaks the world record for the fastest internet speed on a smartphone, reaching 2.283 Gbps.August 1: Intel and Baidu sign a new three-year deal to collaborate on 5G, autonomous driving, and AI.July 31: Fujitsu delivers complete set of 5G base station products to Japanese carrier NTT Docomo.July 26: OPPO showcases what's possible with 5G in a mobile Smart Hotel. The shipping container hotel bookings are available from August 1 through August 30, 2019, via OPPO 5G Hotel.July 26: Vodafone and TIM sign mobile network sharing partnership agreement which will allow for a broader and more efficient 5G deployment in Italy.July 24: Qualcomm announces an expansion of its 5G NR testing facilities in Europe to include a lab dedicated to end-to-end over-the-air configurations for 5G NR mmWave.July 23: Apple plans to buy Intel's 5G modem business for $1 billion.July 23: San Diego CA city council approves 5G tower infrastructure.July 17: AT&T and Microsoft team up with a multi-year 5G partnership.July 17: Rogers Communications announces a 5G innovation lab set to open in September with Communitech that will help commercialize 5G use cases.July 17: Spark's 5G Co-Lab opens up for New Zealand businesses to use when testing new 5G ideas and products.July 16: Three UK launches the world’s first 5G-ready fully integrated cloud core network.July 15: Connecticut's governor signs a bill establishing Council on 5G Technology to accelerate 5G technology in the state.July 9: Cisco agrees to acquire optical networking telecom company Acacia for over $2 billion USD, which could provide more 5G business for Cisco.June 19: Wisconsin wireless service provider Cellcom purchases nearly $1 million of 5G spectrum.June 11: AT&T and Uber announce a partnership where AT&T's 5G network will be used to power Uber's air taxi service (Uber Air) in 2023.June 11: Ericsson updates its 5G forecast, predicting that by 2024, 5G could cover up to 65 percent of the global population with subscriptions reaching nearly 2 billion.June 10: Nokia opens Future X Security (FXSec), an end-to-end 5G network testing lab for industrial automation solutions.June 6: Huawei signs deal with mobile network operator MTS to provide 5G in Russia.June 6: 5G commercial licenses issued to China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Broadcasting Network, via China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).June 5: The government of Canada announces plans to release mmWave spectrum in 2021 and possibly introduce 3800 MHz spectrum in 2022.June 4: Samsung launches a new research center dedicated to 6G.June 3: Japanese government set to allow 5G base stations to be installed on 200,000 traffic lights by March 2024 to speed up 5G network deliveries.May 21: Affirmed Networks launches the Affirmed UnityCloud 5G Standalone network core.May 21: KPMG International predicts that 5G networks will unlock $4.3 trillion USD in economic value.May 20: Wireless carrier Inland Cellular agrees to partner with Parallel Wireless to upgrade its network to prepare for 5G.May 6: DataDirect Networks announces intent to acquire 5G Software Defined Storage company Nexenta.May 1: 5G carriers in Korea garner 260 thousand subscribers in the first month.April 30: South Korean university hospital Yonsei University Health System signs a Memorandum of Understanding with SK Telecom to build a 5G-powered hospital.April 23: Nokia uses a 5G mixed reality testing environment (shown here) to speed up 5G deployments.April 16: Verizon launches Built on 5G, a contest that will award the best 5G innovators a $1 million prize.April 15: Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission declares that 5G health concerns are unfounded.April 12: The FCC announces a spectrum auction for December 10 as part of its 5G Fast plan.April 10: Rogers Communications invests $1.7 billion USD in a 5G auction to ultimately provide coverage in every Canadian province and territory.April 8: The University of Warwick's School of Engineering in England receives a £210,000 grant for the COCKPIT-5G project which aims to identify where 5G can be used to improve mobile network coverage.April 4: Network infrastructure provider CommScope acquires telecom equipment manufacturer Arris, highlighting possible 5G potential for the future.April 1: Brussels 5G deployment comes to a halt after 5G radiation fears.