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This report providers a snapshot of progress across 22 markets through the end of 2019, highlighting the leaders, including South Korea, Kuwait, and Switzerland.


  • Initial aggressive coverage deployment has seen a small number of markets deliver early progress on their 5G journey. South Korea, Kuwait, and Switzerland are among a small group of markets notable for coverage exceeding 50%.

Features and Benefits

  • A comparison of the relative progress towards 5G maturity across 22 markets.
  • Features a cross-section of major markets, from early leaders South Korea and Switzerland to emerging markets including India and Indonesia.

Key questions answered

  • Which markets have achieved early progress on their 5G journey, with consideration of spectrum, launches, customer take-up, and ecosystem support?
  • What is the status of these markets, and what developments occurred during the quarter?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: 5G Market Progress Assessment, End-2019