The 5G party hasn’t started
A motley collection of devices and a small number of 5G mast deployments in a limited number of locations does not a universally available service make.
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This is why the most recent GSMA report predicts it will be 2025 before 5G accounts for 46% of global connections, up from a paltry 1% this year and a tiny 4% in 2020.
Reading between the lines, it seems the mobile industry group is looking to Apple’s deployment of 5G modems inside its 2020 iPhones to help boost adoption.
The GSMA predicts we'll see 80% population coverage in North America by 2021, which suggests service availability may scale up swiftly towards the end of 2020.