While the world continued to grapple with the impact of the pandemic this past quarter, 5G continued making solid progress. It’s been a tremendous quarter. As of mid-August, 105 5G networks went live globally and 162 5G devices have been made available commercially. We saw the introduction of the world’s first 5G standalone network, the first 5G mid-band spectrum auctions in the US completed, nationwide 5G networks began to emerge, and eight 5G networks in the Caribbean and Latin America went live.
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Continued advances at 3GPP ensured Release 16 came out on time with exciting improvements to MIMO, dynamic spectrum sharing, carrier aggregation and power-saving. It also saw developments for new industry verticals, Integrated Access and Backhaul, 5G NR-U (unlicensed), ultra-reliable low latency, intelligent transportation systems and vehicle-to-everything (V2X), and positioning. Release 17 looks even more exciting.
In the US, the FCC also successfully defended its Small Cell Order in the Ninth Circuit, streamlining network densification – and we’re seeing real progress on spectrum, with progress in CBRS, C-Band and the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band.
Keep your helmets strapped on for more of this wild ride.
Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas