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This research tracks the key global 5G developments during the quarter, which saw an acceleration of 5G launches from companies including SK Telecom, LC Uplus, Vodafone, Etisalat, Sprint, and Verizon.


  • Tele2 and Bite will form a network-sharing joint venture in Latvia and Lithuania that will cover infrastructure sharing in current networks, spectrum sharing, and future build-out of 5G.
  • Vodafone Italy launched the country's first commercial 5G network in five cities. The service is available at no additional cost for consumers who are on 5G-ready offers (RED Unlimited Smart, RED Unlimited Black, Shake it Easy, and the Vodafone One Pro offer).

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies what the main 5G developments were in 2Q19.
  • Tracks key developments in the main areas shaping 5G globally.
  • Describes new 5G services and technologies introduced in 2Q19.

Key questions answered

  • What were the main 5G developments during 2Q19?
  • How is 5G developing globally?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Service provider developments
  • Technology developments
  • Service developments
  • Regulatory developments


  • Further reading
  • Author