Asia and EMEA Lead in 5G Rollouts
Global deployments of commercial 5G networks grew threefold in the past year. The highest number of launches is taking place in Asia and EMEA, Viavi Solutions stated.
The network testing and monitoring company stated in a report that 5G networks covered 1,336 cities by 31 January 2021, a 350 percent increase compared with the same date in 2020. Of those, 528 were in Asia; 459 in EMEA; and 349 in the Americas.
On a country level, Viavi Solutions stated China had live networks in 341 cities; the US 279; and South Korea 85. It added 30 percent of nations worldwide had 5G, with deployments in 61 countries up 80 per cent.
Viavi Solutions CTO Sameh Yamany said deployments were being driven by overwhelming subscriber appetite for faster data rates and broader bandwidth. He warned, however, operators’ success depended on the ability to deliver the best possible network performance and service quality.