Nearly 2,000 5G cities worldwide by the end of 2021

Research from Viavi Solutions found that despite the pandemic, 5G cities are going online at a rate of nearly two per day, with 635 new 5G cities added in 2021, for a total of 1,947 globally by the end of January. 2022.

Now in its sixth year, The state of 5G The report from the global provider of network testing, monitoring and assurance solutions also revealed that as of the end of January 2022, 72 countries had 5G networks, with the latest generation of 5G countries including Argentina, Bhutan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Malta. and Mauritius, all of which went live in the second half of 2021.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) overtook Asia-Pacific including Greater China (APAC) to become the region with the most 5G cities at 839. APAC has 689 cities 5G and the Americas have 419.

Unsurprisingly, the two largest economies in the world, the United States and China, are the countries with the most 5G cities. China now has 356 5G cities and the United States 296. The Philippines remained in third place globally with a total of 98 5G cities.

Currently, most 5G networks deployed are non-standalone networks (NSAs), which essentially means that 5G equipment is added to the existing 4G network infrastructure. There are currently 24 standalone (SA) 5G networks around the world, which have been built using a new 5G core network. Viavi noted that it is widely accepted that many of the next-generation use cases and monetization models associated with 5G, beyond enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), will only be possible when standalone 5G networks are built. on new 5G core networks will be in place.

The state of 5G also highlighted the growing Open RAN ecosystem, combining mobile operators as well as software and infrastructure providers, seeking to develop an open and virtualized radio access network (RAN) with artificial intelligence control integrated. The survey highlighted that as of March 2022, 64 operators had publicly announced their participation in the development of Open RAN networks. This breaks down into 23 live deployments, 34 in the trial phase, and seven carriers who have publicly announced they are in the pre-trial phase.

“5G has continued to grow, despite the headwinds of a global pandemic,” said Sameh Yamany, CTO at Viavi Solutions. “What comes next in 5G is network hardening. This will take many forms. First, we expect to see more standalone 5G networks, which will deliver much of the promise of 5G, both for the operator and for the wider ecosystem of users. And second, we expect to see Open RAN continue its rapid development and begin to become a de facto standard.

“Viavi will continue to play a central role in testing these new networks as they are built and expanded.”

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