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 on November 25, 2020 5G Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech 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 November 24: A1 Bulgaria launches 5G in the capital Sofia.November 20: Akron OH and Nashville TN are Verizon's newest locations equipped with their 5G Ultra Wideband service.November 18: Nokia and Claro will showcase the power of 5G in Colombia's largest trial. It will cover mobile and FWA and use cases like enterprise private wireless solutions and remote and immersive education.November 17: 3 Denmark will launch 5G in select areas of Copenhagen in December, starting with speeds of up to 250 Mbps and upgrading to 1 Gbps by March 2021.November 12: Tele2 expands its 5G network to 30 locations in Sweden.November 10: Telia Norway begins offering 5G FWA to deliver high-speed internet directly to homes.November 5: Verizon 5G Home expands to Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, and San Jose.October 28: T-Mobile's mid-band 5G reaches nearly 410 cities and towns across the US.October 23: C Spire rolls out mobile 5G in Brookhaven and Columbus Mississippi.October 23: Asia Pacific Telecom begins offering commercial 5G service in Taiwan.October 15: Visible, which uses Verizon's towers for service, will be 5G-compatible at no extra cost sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.October 13: Verizon extends its mobile 5G service to 19 additional US cities, reaching 55 in total.October 8: Singtel launches Singapore's first 5G standalone trial network for enterprises.October 4: Batelco now provides 5G coverage to 95% of Bahrain.September 30: Rakuten Mobile launches its 5G service in Japan for 2,980 yen /month ($28 USD).September 29: T-Mobile expands mid-band 5G to 121 more locations to reach 210; promises thousands more before the end of the year.September 29: 5G becomes available in Israel via HOT Mobile, Partner, and Pelephone.September 29: Telstra will launch its 5G fixed wireless access service in Australia starting September 30.September 25: U.S. Cellular brings their 5G network to North Carolina, specifically Beaufort, Franklin, Pitt, and a few other counties.September 24: O2 will launch 5G in five German cities on October 3: Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, and Cologne.September 23: Three Air Force bases will get 5G from AT&T: Buckley Air Force Base CO, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson AK, and Offutt Air Force Base NE.September 23: Telus brings 5G to 19 additional cities across Canada.September 22: Rogers expands its 5G network to five cities in Ontario Canada.September 15: Etisalat launches 5G FWA for home users in UAE.September 10: Telenor will launch 5G at the end of October in central Stockholm, will expand to cover over 99% of Sweden by 2023.September 9: Spain's MasMovil begins 5G trials in 15 cities.September 8: U Mobile launches a 5G trial for customers with a compatible phone in Berjaya Times Square, Malaysia, through December 31, 2020.September 7: Orange launches their 5G network in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Malaga.September 4: Telia and Telenor will begin to roll out 5G in Denmark in September, with Copenhagen and Aalborg as the first cities.September 2: T-Mobile's mid-band 5G network stretches to 81 new locations.September 1: Rogers expands its 5G footprint in Canada to reach a total of over 50 locations, with more coming before the end of the year.August 24: TDC is launching 5G in Denmark on September 7. It will cover 80% of the population before October, and 90% before 2021.August 21: Cricket Wireless launches nationwide 5G on AT&T's network.August 18: Beeline, Nokia, and Qualcomm launch a 5G test pilot in Saint Petersburg, Russia.August 7: 5G arrives in Guam through Docomo Pacific.August 6: Verizon expands its mobile 5G network to San Jose, CA.August 5: Taiwan Star launches its 5G services.August 4: T-Mobile launches the world's first nationwide SA 5G network, expanding coverage by 30%.July 31: Smart launches 5G in the Philippines, currently available only in key business districts of Metro Manila.July 30: 5G trials from Verizon begin at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in California.July 29: Spark begins offering mobile 5G in New Zealand, starting in Palmerston North.July 28: T-Mobile's 5G network goes live in the Netherlands; nationwide coverage expected before 2021.July 28: KPN launches their 5G network in the Netherlands, with coverage in areas of Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, and others.July 23: AT&T expands its 5G network to 40 more markets.July 23: Telekom Slovenia launches their 5G network, expects to reach 33% coverage by the end of the year.July 15: Deutsche Telekom reports that 15,000 new antennas will transmit 5G soon.July 10: Groupe ADP chooses Ericsson to provide 5G to three Paris airports.July 1: Chunghwa Telecom launches 5G in Taiwan.June 29: Zain launches 5G in the Kingdom of Bahrain.June 29: AT&T expands their network to 28 new markets, reaching 355.June 19: Telus begins its first 5G rollout in Canada with service available in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and the Greater Toronto Area.June 15: AT&T expands their 5G network to 137 new markets.June 11: 60 cities and towns now have access to 5G in the UK through O2.June 10: Verizon 5G Home Internet expands to Detroit, MI.June 10: O2 selects Ericsson to expand 5G coverage across in the Western area of the UK.June 9: T-Mobile Polska makes its 5G network available to customers in Poland.June 4: The US Department of Defense chooses seven military sites for 5G testing.June 1: T-Mobile partners with GCI to give 5G customers coverage in Anchorage, Alaska.May 28: SmarTone launches 5G in Hong Kong.May 28: San Diego CA becomes Verizon's 35th 5G Ultra Wideband market.May 25: Telia Company launches 5G in Stockholm City Center, Sweden. Customers in Norrmalm, Östermalm, and Vasastan will have access to 5G in June.May 18: Xfinity Mobile is available in several cities, and data plans including 5G services are available at no additional fee.May 18: China Mobile and ZTE announce the deployment of ZENIC ONE, a cloud-based 5G transport management and cloud system.May 12: Telia launches 5G in Norway in Lillestrøm and parts of Groruddalen in Oslo.May 11: Polish mobile phone network operator, Polkomtel/Plus, begins offering 5G service to 900 thousand people in seven cities: Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin, and Wrocław.May 4: Vodacom turns on 5G in Africa, in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town.May 1: The world's highest peak, Mount Qomolangma, gets 5G service from China Mobile to improve things like live broadcasting and monitoring.April 28: U Mobile plans to bring 5G to Malaysia by the end of 2020.April 28: VodafoneZiggo and Ericsson launch 5G in more than half of the Netherlands; nationwide coverage expected by July 2020.April 27: The Watch Communications ISP will deploy 5G fixed wireless to areas in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.April 21: T-Mobile expands its 5G service to include parts of Philadelphia PA, Detroit MI, St. Louis MO, and Columbus OH.April 20: GCI turns on its first 5G cell sites in Anchorage, Alaska.April 20: US Mobile offers early 5G access for 3 months at $100 via Verizon's network.April 13: Magyar Telekom launches 5G in Hungary, in parts of Budapest and Zalaegerszeg.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. 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 9 Best 5G Phones of 2020 October 27: TCL Mobile announces a $400 5G phone, the TCL 10 5G UW, which will be available from Verizon on October 29.October 20: Sierra Wireless announces the world's first multi-network 5G vehicle router for mission-critical first responders.October 13: Apple announces two 5G iPhone models: iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.October 9: Google Fi offers 5G-compatible phones from Samsung that can be used on their network.October 6: Apple is rumored to be releasing four new 5G iPhones on October 13.October 5: Motorola razr 5G launches in India.September 30: Google announces two 5G phones: Pixel 5 and a Pixel 4a variant.September 30: AT&T will begin offering the Motorola razr 5G phone on October 2.September 18: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy S7+ 5G tablets are now available in the US.September 15: LG announces a 5G-ready, multi-screen swivel smartphone called LG Wing 5G.September 14: According to GSA, over 400 5G devices have been announced, double the count from early 2020.September 9: Verizon launches the Inseego MiFi M2100 mobile hotspot that works with their 5G Ultra Wideband and 4G LTE network.September 2: Samsung announces the Galaxy A42 5G phone at its Life Unstoppable event.August 27: T-Mobile introduces the REVVL 5G phone for as low as $200.August 17: ZTE announces the ZTE Axon 20 5G, a phone with an under-display camera that will launch in China on September 1.August 14: A possible 5G-compatible Razr phone might be coming September 9.August 6: Samsung unveils three new 5G devices: Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra, Tab S7 and S7+, and Galaxy Z Fold2.August 3: The Realme V5 5G phone is announced, will launch at $200.August 3: Google announces two 5G phones coming this fall, the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.July 23: Samsung announces that the Galaxy Z Flip 5G will arrive August 7 for $1,449.99.July 21: LG's newest phone, the LG Velvet 5G, will be available in the US on July 22.July 21: au by KDDI releases its first 5G mobile router for users in Japan.July 9: Verizon customers can now preorder the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW.July 8: The Realme X50 5G launches.July 7: Motorola announces their newest phone, the Moto G 5G Plus.July 6: VinSmart announces its partnership with Qualcomm to produce the Vsmart Aris 5G, Vietnam's first 5G phone.July 2: Leaks suggest that Motorola's next Razr will support 5G and have a 48MP camera and 6.2-inch screen.June 19: AT&T begins pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G.June 16: Verizon introduces the Lenovo Flex 5G PC.June 16: HTC reveals its first next-gen phone, the HTC U20 5G.June 12: Xfinity Mobile customers can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW.June 4: Honor launches their newest 5G smartphone in China, the Honor Play 4 Pro, which doubles as a thermometer.May 26: Telstra launches the 5G Wi-Fi Pro hotspot in Australia, which uses Wi-Fi 6 and supports up to 30 devices.May 11: Vivo's G1 5G smartphone, geared toward government and enterprise clients, launches in China.May 8: The Honor X10 5G phone will be released in China on May 20.May 4: Xiaomi is launching the Mi 10 5G smartphone in India on May 8.April 30: Vodafone is launching a new mobile 5G router in Germany, the GigaCube 5G, that will boost 5G reception in homes.April 29: The OnePlus 8 5G phone is available from T-Mobile.April 28: Apple is reportedly delaying the 5G iPhone launch by about a month.April 9: Some of Samsung's Galaxy A-series phones will support 5G, one of which will be $500 USD.April 6: The OPPO Reno Ace 2 5G smartphone will launch in China on April 13.April 1: Huawei's Honor 30S 5G phone is expected to launch in early April.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. 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! November 25: Self-driving 5G trucks from Neolix are used to deliver KFC in Shanghai, China.November 18: John Deere obtains 5G licenses in Iowa and Illinois that will enable the use of private 5G in its manufacturing facilities.November 17: Verizon and Snapchat release an AR experience called 5G Landmaker Lens for Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband customers.November 16: Hospitals in China conduct a remotely-operated, robot-assisted ultrasound over 5G.November 4: 5G use within Tesla vehicles might one day be a reality after a hacker finds hints of it in a software update.October 23: Hepta Airborne runs trials as part of the 5G!Drones project that could be used during busy events like concerts and sports for on-demand, high-speed internet.October 8: Telia, Ericsson, and transportation company Keolis use 5G to remotely operate an autonomous, electric minibus in Sweden.September 24: Keolis uses 5G in an autonomous self-driving trial in Sweden.June 25: Vodafone partners with Ford to use 5G during electric vehicle manufacturing.March 31: China Mobile and Ubitus team up to launch UGAME, a 5G cloud gaming service.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. 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. November 20: Professional services company Accenture acquires engineering services company Arca to bolster its 5G network capabilities.November 16: As part of an agreement with Crown Castle, DISH will receive fiber transport services and have the option to utilize the company for pre-construction services, helping DISH facilitate its 5G network buildout.November 13: Huawei proposes its vision for 5.5G to "inject more vitality into 5G."November 3: In partnership with Deutsche Telecom, Cambridge Consultants unveils a new kind of wireless antenna that can deliver in-air 5G to provide high-speed internet around the globe from an unmanned, hydrogen-powered aircraft.October 28: BT selects Ericsson as its end-to-end 5G partner for deployment across London, Belfast, and other major UK cities.October 27: The FCC adopts rules creating the 5G Fund for Rural America to distribute up to $9 billion for next-gen wireless broadband.October 13: ATIS launches the Next G Alliance to aid North America's advancement to 6G; members include AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Samsung, Facebook, Ericsson, and others.October 8: Fujitsu launches private 5G services in Japan to accelerate customers' digital transformation.October 6: Verizon partners with the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center to become the exclusive 5G provider of each.September 24: DISH chooses inventory and service order management software from Blue Planet to automate its 5G network.September 14: DOCOMO launches inbound 5G roaming with AT&T which allows customers visiting Japan to use DOCOMO's 5G network.August 3: Verizon enters into a 5G global roaming partnership with South Korea so that users with a compatible device can access the new network when traveling from the US.August 1: Optus begins providing its 5G Home Broadband service to its MVNOs in Australia, with SpinTel being the first.July 29: Avanci launches a new licensing platform to make it easier for 5G patents to be shared with automotive and IoT companies.July 28: Verizon becomes exclusive 5G partner of esports organization FaZe Clan; will show how the network can benefit live events and gaming content.July 27: U.S. Cellular agrees to provide enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) 5G mmWave using Nokia's AirScale solution.July 15: Verizon and Cellwize collaborate on a new platform that speeds up the deployment of Verizon's 5G sites through the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence.June 29: Nokia reaches a 3-year deal with Taiwan Mobile to supply 5G RAN, core, and IMS.June 24: Digital Catapult and Verizon will launch a program for startups to explore how 5G can solve real-world business challenges.June 12: Verizon becomes the official 5G network provider for Riot Games' League of Legends Championship Series.May 21: Verizon partners with Pivotal Commware, Movandi, and Wistron NeWeb to provide wireless extender tech that pushes 5G signals further in homes and public areas.May 20: Nokia achieves world-record 5G speeds of up to 4.7 Gbps.May 15: Rakuten delays their 5G launch in Japan until September due to supply chain problems.April 17: ZTE and Red Hat collaborate to speed up 5G deployments.April 16: Verizon announces that it will acquire video conferencing platform BlueJeans, and that it will be integrated into Verizon's 5G roadmap.April 13: Kansas-based carrier Nex-Tech Wireless chooses Ericsson to help transition from 4G to 5G.April 10: China Mobile becomes the first Chinese operator to implement the 5G Message Center (5GMC).April 1: T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint, creating the New T-Mobile.April 1: KDDI and SoftBank establish a joint venture called 5G Japan to promote infrastructure sharing for a speedy 5G development.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.