South Korea is the world leader in 5G
South Korea is the world leader in 5G

The latest study by market research firm Omdia once again ranked South Korea as a leader in using 5G.

The fifth generation (5G) network is the future of mobile devices, but we are still in the early stages of its deployment and few countries have prepared networks for customers.

All countries are preparing for the future, and self-driving cars and operations around the world are becoming a reality.

The results assessed progress in 5G deployment based on operator announcements, network coverage, and user approval, as well as 5G spectrum availability and regulatory ecosystems in up to 22 countries / regions.

South Korea cemented its leading position in the development of 5G networks, followed by Switzerland and Kuwait.

The United States ranked fourth, China sixth, and the United Kingdom seventh.

At the end of March this year, the number of devices that support 5G networks in South Korea reached 5.88 million units, which is nearly 10% of all devices used in the country.

However, after expanding coverage on "Sunrise" and "Swisscom" in Switzerland and "Ooredoo" and "Vodafone" in Kuwait, South Korea faces challenges in expanding its reporting.

Thanks to the further development of the Swiss company (Sunrise), this small European country outperformed Kuwait with 80% of its 5G network connections in 426 cities.

By May, the number had increased to 535, but the availability of devices was limited, which limited people's enjoyment of the benefits of 5G networks.

“The global market is steadily preparing to introduce 5G networks and South Korea is currently the leader, although some markets such as Switzerland are also growing steadily,” said Stephen Myers, Omdia's chief analyst.

He added: Despite the coronavirus epidemic, governments and regulators have made progress in allocating the 5G spectrum and operators continue to expand coverage of 5G networks.

With more and more frequency releases around the world, we expect more commercial releases of 5G networks in major global markets over the next 18 months.

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