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SXSW 2020

Where Are We With 5G Rollout?

While the spotlight on 5G is currently on US and China, other regions have made significant progress in both 5G preparation and deployment⁠—from the advanced economies of South Korea, Europe and Middle East, to emerging markets in Southeast Asia and Africa. By expanding our perspective of the so-called "5G race," we will discover that 5G approaches in developed markets may not necessarily be the same as those in emerging markets.

S&P Global Market Intelligence will assess the state of 5G deployments worldwide by discussing 5G spectrum band availability, regulatory attitudes to 5G and their impact on spectrum allocation, tech vendor partners, and industry verticals use cases.

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  1. Popular spectrum for 5G are 3.5GHz and 26-28GHz but not all countries have free bandwidth on these bands. 700MHz and 2.5GHz are the next rising stars.
  2. As initial 5G rollouts follow the non-standalone approach, Huawei's role in 5G will remain significant as it powers most legacy 4G networks worldwide.
  3. 5G development in emerging markets are spearheaded by national governments, framed in the context of national economic and social building.



Julber Osio, Research Associate, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Tech Industry & Enterprise
  • Level: Intermediate
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