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RF and Wireless

Licensed 5G Bands, Operators and Regions: Early-2021 Status

Report Summary:

This report covers pioneer spectrum licensed and shared for 5G.   The report covers all countries with more than around 1 million wireless subscribers.  Where possible we have listed the percentage of blocks won by each operator in each country offering or planning to offer 5G service.

Wider adoption of dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) will increasingly allow use of legacy bands for 5G without refarming, but in most countries, legacy spectrum is inadequate for full 5G performance, and operators will need dedicated spectrum for 5G in the future if not immediately.

Table of Contents


5G Potential Market: Subscribers by Country

Summary of Licensed 5G bands

Summary of 5G Spectrum Activity

Bands by Region

North America, Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Central & Latin America, Middle East & Africa.

>   5G bands by country and operator in each region.

Summary & Conclusions


Appendix: mmWave-only Recap


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