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Before year-end, all major US service providers will have 5G. As an early leader, service providers across the world will look to the US for guidance in their own deployments.


  • The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be the first 5G smartphone to be widespread in the US, carried by every major service provider at some point in 2019.
  • US 5G services can’t tolerate a price premium at this time, with very limited coverage area and no special services – such as AR/VR – to take advantage of 5G.
  • Significant 5G uptake is expected in the US sfrom 2021, following a ramp up during 2020.

Features and Benefits

  • Compare US service providers' 5G deployment plans.
  • Learn about the devices service providers have announced for 5G.
  • Learn about the five-year subscriber forecast for 5G.

Key questions answered

  • What are US service provider plans for being nationwide with 5G?
  • Which 5G devices have service providers announced they’ll carry?
  • Which operators are also looking to launch fixed wireless 5G?
  • When will we see significant uptake with 5G in the US?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • Deployment status by service provider
  • Deployment plans could change with the release of more spectrum

Market dynamics

  • Smartphones are key to 5G growth
  • In the near term, US mobile 5G can't tolerate a premium price
  • 5G enables fixed broadband opportunities

Market outlook

  • 5G to see significant uptake from 2021
  • Beyond 5G consumer mobile broadband


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author