5G is hitting the mainstream fast: According to a GSA report, 58 countries had 5G networks as of June 2021, up from 38 about a year ago. A dozen more have had 5G mobile technology deployed in part. It is in fact expected that 5G will reach 1 billion users in 3.5 years, compared with 4 years for 4G and 12 years for 3G.
The Americas and Europe are on the forefront of 5G implementation, as our map shows. But investments in the technology have also been made in almost every country in Asia.
South Korea is the country which deployed the first 5G network and is expected to stay in the lead as far as penetration of the technology goes, By 2025, almost 60 percent of mobile subscriptions in South Korea are expected to be for 5G networks.