Carriers Believe Their Own Region Will Lead 5G

For good reason, mobile executives surveyed by Heavy Reading about expected 5G developments believe Asia will be in the forefront of 5G deployments. Some 58 executives were surveyed, with support from the Telecommunications Industry Association and Interdigital.

In fact, 71 percent of respondents expect Asia to lead in 5G. Some 52 percent think , to lead North America will lead, while 45 percent of respondents believer Europe will lead.

Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown believes this is consistent with plans by Japan and Korea to deploy early.

DoCoMo says it will launch a first release of 5G at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and in Korea, leading operators, such as SK Telecom plan to demonstrate prototype 5G systems at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

North American operators are very much more likely to think that North America will lead (73 percent of North American operator respondents think so), whereas European and Asian respondents both think Asia will lead.

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