5G Countries – When and Where will 5G be Available

If you want to check out the latest 5G mobile networking technology, you need to be in one of the supported regions to use it on your phones. If you are not sure where 5G is available, this post will tell you about the locations where you can use the 5G technology.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 02, 2020

If you do not already know, 5G is the revolutionary next-gen technology for mobile communications that aims to fix existing issues and improve your mobile connectivity. 5G is actually already available in many parts of the world, and if you are wondering whether your city is covered or not, read on and this guide will tell you more about it.

There are certain parts in the world where the 5G tech has been rolled out so far. It is gradually rolling across the world, but for now, you need to be in one of these locations to get access to this latest mobile networking technology. You are going to find out all the locations as well as the carriers that have 5G made available for their consumers.

Part 1. Where is 5G Available

Benefits of 5G

Availability of 5G Around the world

Many parts of the world, mostly in the Americas, have the latest 5G networking available and consumers there are already using it. If you live in one of the major cities of the United States, chances are 5G is already available there and you are just a step away from getting it to your device.

5G in Major Cities of the United States

This newer mobile networking generation has been rolled out in various major cities of the US. The service has been made available by various carriers in these cities. If 5G is not available with one carrier in your area, check with the others and it will likely be available.

The following are some of the cities in the US where 5G is available and you can access it on your compatible devices.

  • Los Angeles
  • Menlo Park
  • Oakland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Washington D.C.
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Las Vegas
  • New York City
  • Portland
  • Philadelphia
  • Houston

This is not a comprehensive list of cities where you have 5G but this only covers the major cities where you can get access to 5G. If your area is not listed above, it is worth talking to your carrier and checking to see if the service is available in your region.

5G Availability in Canada

Canada does not have 5G available in as many cities as the United States. However, the rollout seems to be fast approaching in many cities, and if yours is not already covered, it will be soon.

So far, the 5G is available at the University of British Columbia as it is a test site for this technology. Rogers, one of the cellular carriers in Canada, rolled out 5G in various cities of the country but that was not for the use of the public. The list of these cities includes Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.

5G in South Korea

South Korea has been ahead in the 5G deployment and they have already gained a huge percentage of existing subscribers turning to this latest technology. 5G is now available in many major cities of South Korea including Seoul which is the capital of the country.

The service is available at many major locations in these cities so you can the service even while on the go.

5G in Japan

Japan does not have as much of 5G coverage as other countries but it is slowly rolling out the service in various parts of the country. NTT Docomo, the country’s leading network operator, has rolled the 5G service in many cities including Tokyo and Osaka.

5G in China

All three major telecom operators in China have launched the 5G service. These are namely China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. While you may not have access to the service in rural areas, you should have some good coverage in larger cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

Those are the 5G network countries to enjoy ultrafast speeds on your devices.

Part 2. 5G Carriers

Many carriers that provide 4G services have adapted 5G and they are providing this service to their existing subscriber base. If you are in the United States, you have 5G available from many major carriers of the country. This includes popular names like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Mobile Networks that Support 5G

Mobile Networks that Support 5G

If you are already a customer of one of these carriers, you can switch to a 5G plan and access everything that this latest tech has to offer. From being able to download files at a faster rate to lag-free connections, you will get all these benefits when you move to a 5G plan with a compatible device.

The following are some of the major carriers that offer 5G to their customers.

AT&T 5G

AT&T covers most of the US for its 5G service and many major cities have 5G available from this carrier. It offers the service to both end-users as well as businesses. This way you can get a plan that is suitable for your environment, whether personal or commercial.

In certain cities of the country, they have even made 5G+ available which is an improved version of the 5G technology. However, it is only limited to a select few cities.

Sprint 5G

Sprint is now a T-Mobile owned entity and it claims to have nationwide availability of the 5G network. As long as you have a compatible phone such as a Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, you can instantly start using the service on your phone.

All you basically need to do is install a software update on your phone and your phone will start receiving 5G signals.

T-Mobile 5G

T-Mobile says they have the largest number of areas covered for the 5G service. It basically means regardless of where you live, if you can connect to T-Mobile, you are most likely to get the 5G signals on your compatible phone.

Some of the phones you can use T-Mobile 5G with include Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, OnePlus 8 5G, and LG V60 ThinQ 5G. If you have one of these phones, all you need to do is let T-Mobile know about it and they can enable the service for you.

Verizon 5G

Verizon says that normal 5G and Verizon 5G are two different things. They have made the service available in many cities of the US and they provide fairly good transfer speeds. You can check out their site for a full coverage map to see if 5G is available in your area.

The other carriers that provide 5G in the US include Metro and Google Fi.

5G Carriers Outside the US

There many carriers in other parts of the world that provide 5G and the following is a list of those carriers.

Australia

  • Telstra
  • Optus

Canada

  • Bell
  • Rogers
  • Telus

China

  • China Telecom
  • China Mobile
  • China Unicom

Japan

  • NTT Docomo
  • KDDI
  • SoftBank Corp

New Zealand

  • Vodafone

South Korea

  • SK Telecom
  • KT
  • LG Uplus

Spain

  • Vodafone

United Kingdom

  • Three
  • EE
  • O2
  • Vodafone

Part 3. When Will 5G be Available

If you come from a country or region that does not already have 5G available, you might be wondering when 5G will be available in your location. Many carriers have actually posted on their sites giving people tentative release information of the 5G launch.

Future Availability of 5G

Future Availability of 5G

If you are not sure when the 5G service will be available in your country, it is worth checking with your carrier to see what they have to say. Most likely, they will be able to give you a rough idea as to when they plan to roll out the service in your region or country.

The following are some of the tentative release dates of 5G in various countries.

  • Argentina – it will get the service in 2020. It is not clear what month it would be.
  • Bulgaria – you can expect the service to be rolled out in your area by 2020.
  • Finland – partial 5G service is available but a full rollout will be made anytime in 2020.
  • Germany – full 5G services will be made available by 2022.
  • Ireland – many cities are covered but the full rollout will finish by the end of 2020.
  • Italy – many carriers have planned a 5G release but the date is unknown.
  • The Netherlands – auctions will be completed in June and then roll out will begin.
  • Norway – the country will see a full countrywide coverage by 2023.
  • Singapore – rollout begins from January 2021 and is expected to cover the whole country by 2025.

The Bottom Line

We hope this guide gives you information about where 5G is available and what carriers will support it. This technology is certainly going to be a game-changer and most users should be able to realize it when they actually get access to it.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.