• 5G has not been fully standardised yet. But 5G is set to become a reality by 2020 and, for some MNOs by 2018. MNOs and equipment manufacturers are all in the starting blocks and trialling 5G.
  • MNOs are trialling 5G in a wide range of frequency bands mostly ranging from 3 to 80 GHz in a trade-off between technical feasibility and consumer/use cases needs based on propagation characteristics. The most trialled bands are the 28 and the 15 GHz.
  • Very high data rates are expected and 35 Gbps data rates and above have been demonstrated.
  • 5G deployment requires massive investments. Billions of euros of both public and private funding are needed to be at the forefront of 5G in the 2 years to come.

This study examines the current state of 5G. Current key trials have been in-depth analysed. Public results and strategies lying behind are highlighted.
Investments and deadlines for 5G are also presented at world wide level.

Table des matières

1. Executive Summary
1.1. The 5G tests and plans of major operators
1.1.1. Fixed-wireless access
1.1.2. Verticals
1.1.3. General trials/eMBB
1.2. Analysis of investments in 5G
1.2.1. Main areas of 5G investment
1.2.2. Investments outside Europe
1.2.3. Vendors’ and equipment vendors’ investments in 5G
1.2.4. Universities
1.2.5. Evaluation of 5G R&D investments in Europe
2. Methodology & Glossary
2.1. General methodology of IDATE DigiWorld’s reports
2.2. Glossary
3. The 5G tests and plans of major operators
3.1. Services tested
3.1.1. Fixed-wireless access
3.1.2. Verticals
3.1.3. General trials
3.2. Myriads of 5G tests worldwide
4. Analysis of investments in 5G
4.1. 5G standardisation and spectrum work
4.1.1. 5G standardisation work plan
4.1.2. 5G spectrum
4.2. 5G timelines
4.3. Main areas for 5G investment
4.3.1. mmWave use
4.3.2. Network slicing
4.3.3. Massive MIMO and beamforming
4.3.4. Virtualisation and softwarisation (SDN/NFV), C-RAN
4.3.5. Other areas: Heterogeneous Networks, Mobile Edge Computing
4.4. Evaluation of 5G R&D investments in Europe
4.4.1. The 5G PPP: 700 million EUR to be leveraged by a factor of 5
4.4.2. Other European programmes involving several European countries
4.4.3. National or bi-national programmes in Europe
4.4.4. MNO investments in 5G
4.5. Investments outside Europe
4.5.1. USA: approx. 275 billion USD of 5G direct investment expected by CTIA
4.5.2. Japan
4.5.3. South Korea: 1.4 billion EUR
4.5.4. China: 40 billion EUR for 5G backed by MNOs
4.5.5. Taiwan
4.5.6. Other
4.6. Vendors’ and chipset manufacturers’ investments in 5G
4.6.1. Ericsson
4.6.2. Nokia
4.6.3. Huawei: 600 million USD to deploy 5G (2013-2018)
4.6.4. Samsung
4.6.5. Qualcomm
4.7. Universities
4.7.1. King’s College (UK, London)
4.7.2. 5GIC (UK): 68 million GBP
4.7.3. New York University (NYU, Brooklyn, NYC): millimetre waves
4.7.4. Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
4.7.5. University of Oulu, Finland
4.8. Wrap-up

Table des figures

Table des figures

Table 1: Fixed wireless access in the USA
Table 2: 5G trials on verticals
Table 3: 5G trials on smart city
Table 4: Examples of 2016-2020 Celtic-Plus projects related to IoT, 5G or telecoms in general
Table 5: Pilot project for Industrial Mobile Communication in Mining (PIMM)
Table 6: The 5G Enabled Manufacturing (PGEM) project
Table 7: MNO activities on 5G
Table 8: Assessment of MNO R&D employee levels in 5G in 2015 and 2016
Table 9: Assessment of MNO R&D investments in 5G in Europe in 2015
Table 10: Vendors’ and chipset manufacturers’ 5G activity
Table 11: Assessment of vendors’ R&D employees in 5G in 2015 and 2016
Table 12: Assessment of vendors’ R&D investments in 5G in Europe in 2015 and 2016
Table 13: 5G investment in main world regions, estimated

Figure 1: 5G trials and services to date
Figure 2: 3GPP Release 15 workplan
Figure 3: 5G timelines around the world, expected
Figure 4: Network-slicing implementation
Figure 5: Examples of network slices
Figure 6: General presentation of a C-RAN architecture
Figure 7: Mobile Edge Computing platform
Figure 8: 5G PPP Phase 1 projects
Figure 9: 5G PPP Phase 2
Figure 10: 5G PPP projects timeline
Figure 11: Overview of the 5GTNF
Figure 12: 5G initiatives in Germany
Figure 13: National Productivity Investment Fund
Figure 14: the FCCG representation of hub-and-spoke model
Figure 15: Small Cell as a Service as a means of sharing small cells among carriers
Figure 16: Example of a DAS system
Figure 17: Joint 5G research South Korea-China
Figure 18: 5G milestone schedule
Figure 19: Race towards 5G in the mobile ecosystem

Secteur géographique

Europe Asie-Pacifique
  • Chine
  • Corée du Sud
  • Japon
  • Taïwan
Amérique du Nord
  • États-Unis


  • AT&T
  • China Mobile
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Ericsson
  • Etisalat
  • Huawei
  • KT
  • Mobil1
  • Nokia
  • Orange
  • Proximus
  • Qualcomm
  • Samsung
  • SK Telecom
  • StarHub
  • Telecom Italia
  • TeliaSonera
  • Telstra
  • Verizon


5G trials: the main outputs

  • Status of 5G trials, worldwide, to date
  • Expected 5G timetables, compared
  • Race towards 5G in the mobile ecosystem

5G plans and investments

  • 5G first deadlines and trials
  • Non-MNO investments in 5G, world

Autres détails

  • Référence : M17420MRA
  • Livraison : on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Langues disponibles : Anglais
  • Tags : 5G, 5G investment, 5G PPP, 5G standardisation, C-RAN, eMBB, fixed-wireless access, massive MIMO, mmWave, MNO, network slicing, SDN/NFV, softwarisation, spectrum, Virtualisation

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