"By the end of June 2021, 25 EU-27 countries enjoyed 5G services," the European 5G Observatory report states, with Portugal being part of the small group of two that does not provide 5G technology.
Portugal and Lithuania were the two European Union (EU) countries without fifth-generation (5G) services at the end of June, according to the latest report from the European 5G Observatory.
“By the end of June 2021, 25 EU-27 countries enjoyed 5G services,” the report states, with Portugal being part of the small group of two that does not provide 5G technology.
Currently, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden have 5G services.
“In many countries, there is more than one 5G service provider,” the European Observatory for 5G noted in the report released this month.
For example, all four operators in Denmark (TDC, Telenor, Telia, 3); in France (Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR); in Italy (TIM, Illiad, WindTre and Vodafone); in Spain (Orange, Masmovil, Telefonica and Vodafone) and in Sweden (Tele2, Telenor, Tre and Telia) offer commercial fifth-generation services.
In countries such as Austria (T-Mobile, A1 and Hutchison); Bulgaria and Czech Republic (Telefonica, T-Mobile and Vodafone); Finland (DNA, Elisa and Telia); Germany (T-Mobile, Telefonica and Vodafone); Greece (Vodafone, Cosmote and Wind Hellas); Ireland (Eur, Three and Vodafone); Luxembourg (Post, Tango and Orange); the Netherlands (KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo); Poland (Orange, Plus and Play); and Romania (Digi, Vodafone and Orange) are three 5G (mobile and/or FWA) service providers.
“New commercial service launches occurred during Q2 2021, with Orange Slovakia and Melita becoming in May” this year “Malta’s first national 5G network”.
Regarding the development of 5G outside Europe, the European Observatory points out that “in other regions of the world”, the fifth generation has been progressing “at a rapid pace as well”.
“We estimate that there are close to 180 operators providing commercial 5G services worldwide at the end of June” this year, the document reads.
In early 2019 5G devices became available, and by the end of June, “more than 600 5G devices were announced”.
Portugal moves forward today to the 133rd main bidding day of the 5G auction, after the day before operators’ bids totalled €336.4 million, up from €335.7 million the previous day.