5G is now live in 24 markets, GSMA predicts it’ll be 20% of global connections by 2025 — and eyes a big tech break-up

Day 2 - GSMA Mobile World Congress 2019

The next-gen flavor of mobile connectivity, 5G, is now live in 24 markets globally, according to GSMA’s  annual state of the global mobile economy report.

The cutting edge network tech is capable of supporting speeds up to 100x faster than LTE/4G and delivering latency of just a few milliseconds, as well as being able to connect many more devices per cell site. As it rolls out, it’s expected to underpin a new wave of “smarter” digital services which bake in real-time AI assistance and help drive the digitization of legacy industries.

In last year’s report the carrier association didn’t break out a firm figure for markets where 5G is live — but dubbed the tech “a reality” after commercial launches in the US and South Korea towards the end of 2018. It also said it was expecting 16 more “major countries” to have launched 5G networks by the end of 2019.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 26: Xiaomi's G5 logo and Mi Xiaomi 9 smartphone are seen during GSMA MWC 2019. The MWC2019 Mobile World Congress The presence of devices prepared to manage 5G communications has been the hallmark of this edition. on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

Day 2 - GSMA Mobile World Congress 2019

The next-gen flavor of mobile connectivity, 5G, is now live in 24 markets globally, according to GSMA’s  annual state of the global mobile economy report.

The cutting edge network tech is capable of supporting speeds up to 100x faster than LTE/4G and delivering latency of just a few milliseconds, as well as being able to connect many more devices per cell site. As it rolls out, it’s expected to underpin a new wave of “smarter” digital services which bake in real-time AI assistance and help drive the digitization of legacy industries.

In last year’s report the carrier association didn’t break out a firm figure for markets where 5G is live — but dubbed the tech “a reality” after commercial launches in the US and South Korea towards the end of 2018. It also said it was expecting 16 more “major countries” to have launched 5G networks by the end of 2019.

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