Is Europe really falling behind in the 5G competition?[electronics manufacturing expo news]

01 Jul 2019

Lagging seems to have become the development tone of the European 5G.

Whether it is the 5G Action Plan released by the European Union in 2016 or the signing of the 5G development signed by the Nordic countries last year, they all attempt to depict a blueprint for European countries to be competitive in the electronics manufacturing expo 5G field.

However, in fact, lack of spectrum resources, few base station equipment, and strict electronics manufacturing expo supervision, these historical problems in Europe in the 4G era have suppressed the investment dynamics of major operators, making their progress in 5G research and development and commercialization slow.

This can also partly explain the positive attitude of many European countries to Huawei.

Even though the United States has been calling for a boycott of Huawei, some European countries are still very positive about Huawei electronics manufacturing expo. In April, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the Netherlands all promoted the cooperative relationship with Huawei in the construction of 5G electronics manufacturing expo networks.

After all, Huawei, which can provide low-cost, high-quality hardware, is not competitive in the slightly backward European market. Many executives in the European telecommunications industry also believe that if Huawei's hardware cannot be used, the gap between Europe electronics manufacturing expo and other regions will further widen.

In the face of all kinds of problems that are difficult to return, can Europe catch up in time in the 5G era?

Northern Europe is ahead, overall behind

At present, the five Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland are leading the 5G construction in Europe.

In the 5G cooperation agreement jointly issued in May 2018, the five countries indicated that they would strengthen cooperation in the field of information and communication, promote the five Nordic countries to become the world's first 5G interconnected region, and believe that this region has the potential to become a 5G electronics manufacturing expo technology research application. And the world leader in informatization of the social sector.

In order to realize this expectation, the five Nordic countries have proposed a series of initiatives, including encouraging the development of new testing facilities; ensuring technical coordination of the 5G frequency band in the region; eliminating obstacles in the deployment of 5G networks, especially the establishment of base stations and antennas. Encourage and plan the development of 5G in specific industries, such as transportation, communications, manufacturing, etc.

However, beyond this agreement, the development of 5G in the Nordic countries is mainly driven by telecom operators and private companies:


In September 2018, the world's first 5G phone was set aside from the Xista laboratory of Swedish telecom equipment giant Ericsson. In December of the same year, the Swedish telecommunications regulator announced the completion of the first round of 5G electronics manufacturing expo 700M spectrum auction. Ericsson and pan-European telecommunications company Telia subsequently pressed the 5G network start button at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the first in Sweden. A 5G network using standard technology. By the end of 2020, Sweden plans to provide 5G signals on a large scale in its country.

In the application scenario, in March 2019, Ericsson, Volvo Construction Equipment and Telia announced the joint operation of Sweden's first 5G network for industrial use.


Norway's two major mobile operators, Telenor and Teliawent, have launched a 5G pilot network. In November 2018, Telenor launched a wireless electronics manufacturing expo network service in the city of Kongsberg, while Teliawent established two base stations around the Norwegian headquarters in Oslo in mid-December.

Telia Norway CEO Abraham Foss said in a statement that they are starting 5G evelopment from a customer perspective, first exploring use cases and service scenarios, and developing technology based on them.

In January 2019, Norwegian Attorney General Tor Mikkel Wara said that Norway is considering whether to exclude Huawei from the country's 5G infrastructure construction, just like some other Western countries.


Finland is one of the first countries to promote 5G electronics manufacturing expo networks due to its high coverage and high usage of wireless network technology in Finland. In February 2015, the Finnish National Technical Research Center (VTT) announced with the University of Oulu Finland that the two sides will jointly establish the first 5G trial network in the Netherlands.

In October 2018, the Finnish Communications Authority (Ficora) announced that it has completed the 5G spectrum auction in the 3410-3800MHz band. The three operators Telia, Elisa and DNA were respectively licensed. In December, the Finnish operator Elisa officially announced the commercial 5G network. And launched the world's first 5G mobile electronics manufacturing expo package. In March of this year, Telia announced that it will launch 5G fixed wireless access services in Finland through Nokia's FastMile technology.

One of the big cards in Finland is Nokia, a telecom equipment manufacturer, and Tim Hatt, head of research at GSMA Intelligence, said that Nokia, which has led the smartphone industry, is trying to regain some technological leadership in the 5G market.


In March 2019, Danish telecom operator TDC announced that it would replace 5G network providers from Huawei to Ericsson, and will also remove all 4G equipment previously cooperated with Huawei.

Moreover, TDC plans to offer 5G electronics manufacturing expo trial services to some customers in the middle of 2019. The actual 5G network launch is expected to start from October, waiting for the expected approval and availability of the licensed 5G spectrum. By the end of 2020, TDC plans to achieve nationwide 5G coverage in Denmark.


As the first mobile operator to launch 3G and 4G networks in Iceland, Nova also joined forces with Huawei to take the lead in launching a comprehensive 5G electronics manufacturing expo test in Iceland. Currently, Huawei has installed 5G base stations and routers at the Nova site. Nova hopes that Iceland will achieve 5G large-scale deployment by 2020.

In addition to the Nordic region, the UK is also more active on 5G.

The UK was the first country in the world to auction 5G spectrum, and the first round of auctions was completed in April 2018. In October of the same year, British operator Vodafone announced that it will launch the full 5G network in Manchester for the first time. It is expected to continue to launch in 1919 in 19 cities in the UK and establish and operate 1,000 5G base stations in 2020.

Another operator, EE, announced that it will implement 5G connectivity in 16 cities in the UK in 2019, and plans to cooperate in the sale of 5G smartphones and home broadband routers based on 5G networks. The other two operators in the UK, Three and O2, also promised to invest heavily in building electronics manufacturing expo 5G networks this year. British Telecom (BT) said it will launch a fully commercial 5G network in the UK by the fourth quarter of 2019.

With the acceleration of 5G network deployment and commercialization, the UK clearly sees the urgency of building a mobile communications infrastructure. Perhaps because of this, the UK recently announced that it would allow Huawei to play a limited role in the construction of its 5G network.

The development of 5G in other European countries will lag behind, which can be seen from the process of issuing 5G spectrum resources. As a prerequisite for 5G networks, the opening of the spectrum generally symbolizes the upcoming launch of 5G electronics manufacturing expo network infrastructure. However, in France, Germany and other countries, spectrum auctions and 5G commercials are only launched this year.

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