The annual State of 5G report has reported that 5G cities have come online at a rate of nearly two per day globally over the past year, with the addition of 635 new 5G cities in the past 12 months.

The latest data from Viavi Solutions revealed that the number of cities with 5G networks stands at 1,947 globally with the majority of 5G in cities being on non-standalone networks.

More than 70 countries now have 5G networks in place according to the sixth annual State of 5G report including Argentina, Bhutan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Malta and Mauritius, all of which came online in the second half of 2021.

Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has now overtaken Asia Pacific (APAC) over the past year to become the region with the most 5G cities at 839. APAC has 689 5G cities and the Americas has 419 with China being the country with the most 5G cities at 356.

Yet there are currently only 24 standalone (SA) 5G networks globally built using a new 5G core network with the majority of 5G networks deployed on non-standalone (NSA) networks, where 5G equipment is added to existing 4G network infrastructure.

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