5G represents the next generation of connectivity, and it is closer than you think: by 2020, several countries will have introduced 5G networks.

Services have begun in the US, South Korea and some parts of Europe. Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and the UAE are among those who have announced plans to speed up roll outs next year. Here is a summary of what’s happening on the technology, progress in countries around the world and some areas of application.