The EU Leading In The Global 5G Test Field Up To 139 5G Pilot Projects
According to foreign media reports, as of the end of December 2018, the EU had 23 member countries to launch 139 5G pilot projects, so the EU ranked first in the global 5G pilot activities.
The first batch of 5G networks in the EU is ready, with Finnish operator Elisa already launching some commercial 5G functions, while other operators have announced plans to launch 5G networks for the first time this year before large-scale deployment in 2020. In this respect, the latest 5G observation report of the EU pointed out that several mobile operations have announced their investment plans. For example, Deutsche Telekom has announced a fiber optic infrastructure investment plan of up to 20 billion euros, mainly supporting 2018-2021. 5G network deployment during the year.
At the same time, the EU has made great progress in the spectrum and 5G network roadmap. Among them, 8 EU member states have allocated at least one 5G spectrum for 5G deployment in 2020, and 9 member states (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) have adopted the 5G strategy. Several other member states will also join the process. In addition, there are 35 identified 5G cities and 10 “digital cross-border corridors”.
According to the report, 10.7% of the available spectrum in the 700 MHz band has been allocated, plus 10.7% of the available spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band and 3.5% of the spectrum in the 26 GHz band.
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