5G: Portugal in the Top 15 networks with the fastest speeds in the world – Telecommunications

The latest quarterly progress report on the development of next-generation mobile infrastructure and networks has been made available by the European 5G Observatory. This is the 16th report and adds two new countries to the European accounts, the Belgium and Slovakia, which have just completed their 5G spectrum auctions. The report also reflects new developments at European Union level, such as the political agreements reached under the Digital Decade programme.

The analysis now also reflects the challenges of measuring 5G development and progress in countries and operators. The report examines publicly available data on 5G coverage, connection speeds and the extent of developments in private networks, in the countries disclosing the respective data.

The report also presents a scoring tool coverage and network speeds, highlighting countries like Italy, Holland and Denmark with nearly 100% coverage. In the case of Portugal, the the country has already reached 75% of total 5G coverage (7,723,689 inhabitants), well ahead of Spain (58.9%) and even France (74.4%).. It should be noted that the European Union of 27 already has 66% of the population covered by 5G and includes indicators such as the use of dynamic spectrum sharing and by places covered with at least one operator.

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It is not clear if the new report already includes data recently shared by Anacom, which indicates that the coverage reaches 64% of the municipalities of Portugal(with the report of The Observatory indicates that Portugal has 61.11% current use of the 5G pioneer bands, with a network speed performance of 142.05 Mbps).

This first assessment of the development of the Portuguese regulator’s 5G mobile networks shows that 2,918 stations are already installed in 198 municipalities in the country. Anacom estimates that, at the end of May, the traffic carried over 5G networks represents approximately 5.3% of total mobile data traffic, with a maximum measured speed of 871 Mbps.

According to the European 5G Observatory, in order for regulators and competent authorities to have a clearer idea of ​​the development of fifth-generation networks, they need information on download speeds. These metrics are rarely shared by operators and authorities, so they are external tools from companies such as Ookla and Open Signal were used.

The report does not list Portugal in Ookla’s tests, but previously the tool has had highlighted Portugal as one of the European countries with the fastest speed in Europe, but not in the 5G context. On the other hand, in the Open Signal 5G speed tests shared by the Observatory place Portugal not only in the European Top 15, but worldwide. The country even recorded a fifth place in terms of maximum download speed with 738.1 Mbpshaving ahead of them only South Korea, Slovenia, Norway and Sweden, and considering that the first place has a peak of 866.9 Mbps.

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In terms of average speeds, Portugal ranks 12th in the world, with a speed of 216.3 Mbps. Portugal also ranked 14th overall in terms of downloadshaving recorded 28.9 Mbps, considering it was ahead of countries like Germany.

While 5G promises to bring services to various industries, the so-called “verticals” include businesses such as agriculture, factories and logistics. These are dependent on private 5G networks, i.e. those that are not accessible to the general public. As such, they cannot be measured by tools like Ookla and Open Signal.

The 5G Observatory says it depends on public announcements, whether from equipment vendors or mobile network operators. It is mentioned that in some countries like Germany, regulators have made available spectrum licenses dedicated to 5G Vertical. Countries like Italy and Portugal have yet to provide dedicated spectrum for 5G verticals, making it difficult to report in this area.

It is also mentioned that Portugal has two 5G corridors, Porto-Vigo and Évora-Mérida, connecting the country to Spain.

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