The number of countries with 5G deployments – including commercially available nets as well as those with limited availability and those in pre-release – increased by 62.3% between the third quarter of 2019 and Q3 2020, with 99 countries having 5G deployments at the end of this year’s third quarter, according to the latest market survey by mobile phone performance testing firm Ookla.
The study defined a deployment as when a provider had some level of 5G presence in a city. A city can have multiple deployments when more than one provider is present. Overall, the study found that there were 14,643 cities worldwide with 5G deployments at the end of Q3 2020, a 1,671% increase over Q3 2019. The total number of deployments worldwide was 17,046.
The US had the most cities with 5G deployments at the end of Q3 2020 with 7,583. Germany was second, Austria third, the Netherlands fourth and Switzerland fifth. The Netherlands showed the largest percentage change in the number of 5G deployments between Q3 2019 and Q3 2020 with a 50,350% jump from two deployments in Q3 2019 to 1,071 in Q3 2020. Thailand saw the second-largest percentage increase, the US third, Germany fourth