According to the latest report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) 81 mobile network operators are working on 5G across 42 countries.
These operators have demonstrated or are testing, trialling or have been licensed to begin field trials of 5G enabling and candidate technologies.
Joe Barrett, President of GSA said, “We have been able to identify a wide range of operators usually working in close cooperation with GSA Member companies that have announced over 140 separate demonstrations, tests or trials. Key pre-standards 5G technologies are being explored operating in spectrum bands not previously used for mobile telecoms services; 28 GHz has been the spectrum band most often utilized.”
Trials have also demonstrated network slicing to support delivery of services tailored to specific types of customer or service; combinations of technologies such as massive MIMO, or complex beamforming that are needed to achieve very high speeds; or backhaul, cloud and edge computing arrangements to support very low latencies.