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This research note outlines Ovum's 5G forecast and explains why Ovum believes 5G adoption will be faster than any previous technology.


  • Ovum expects 5G to reach its first billion subscriptions in approximately five years.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyses the adoption of prior technology generations versus the expected adoption of 5G.
  • Analyses the reasons why Ovum believes that 5G adoption will be faster than any other technology.

Key questions answered

  • What will be the key drivers and inhibitors of 5G adoption?
  • How long did it take for older technologies to reach 1 billion subscriptions? What does Ovum expect for 5G?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • How fast will 5G get to the first billion?
  • Service providers and hardware manufacturers will boost 5G adoption, but standards and technology could slow it early on


  • Further reading
  • Author

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