Top 10 5G cities where investment in network deployment
Viavi Solutions revealed the latest statistics on the number of cities with 5G networks and 5G countries and regions where investments are taking place.
The number of 5G cities stands at 1,947 worldwide. 5G cities have come online at a rate of nearly two per day, with 635 new 5G cities added in 2021, according to a report by Viavi Solutions.
72 countries had 5G networks at the end of January 2022. Argentina, Bhutan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Malta and Mauritius launched 5G networks in the second half of 2021. Europe, the Middle East and the Africa (EMEA) overtook Asia-Pacific, including Greater China (APAC) will become the region with the most 5G cities with 839. APAC has 689 5G cities and the Americas 419.
Top 10 5G cities
Most 5G networks deployed are non-standalone networks (NSAs), which means that 5G equipment is added to the existing 4G network infrastructure. There are currently 24 standalone 5G networks (SAs), which means they were built using a new 5G core network.
Many 5G use cases and monetization models associated with 5G, beyond enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), will only be possible when standalone 5G networks built on new 5G core networks are in place.
In March 2022, 64 mobile network operators announced their participation in the development of Open RAN networks. This breaks down into 23 live deployments of Open RAN networks, 34 in the trial phase with 7 other operators who have announced that they are in the pre-trial phase.