North America, Asia to Lead 5G Services Rollout in 2020
Ovum's report on 5G adoption predicts North America and Asia each would account for more than 40 percent of global subscriptions at the end of 2021.With North America and Asia in the lead, 5G commercial services will launch in 2020, and there will be 24 million 5G subscriptions worldwide at the end of 2021 for mobile and fixed broadband services. That's according to a report from IT research firm Ovum. The inaugural "5G Subscription Forecasts" report predicts North America and Asia would each account for more than 40 percent of global 5G subscriptions at the end of 2021, followed by Europe with more than 10 percent of subscriptions. The Middle East and Africa would account for the remainder. "North America and Asia will be the leaders, at least in the early years of 5G, because major operators there are planning early deployments of 5G," Michael Roberts, practice leader at Ovum, told eWEEK. "This includes Verizon in the U.S., NTT DoCoMo in Japan, KT and SK Telecom in Korea, and China Mobile in China." While a number of operators have announced plans to launch what they describe as 5G services before 2020, these typically will not be based on networks and devices complying with 5G standards, and so were excluded from Ovum's forecasts.
Roberts said the rollout of 5G services initially will mean better mobile broadband services with faster speeds and lower latency, and more options for fixed broadband services in some markets.