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GSA: Number of 5G devices breaks 300 barrier

posted by the GSA
Wednesday 08 July 20

By the end of June 2020 over 317 devices had been announced, of which at least 135 are commercially available 8 July 2020, London – The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today reported the number of announced 5G devices has continued to climb swiftly, accompanied again this month by a continued rapid rise in the number of 5G devices that are commercially available. In January 2020, the number of announced 5G devices exceeded 200 for the first time; by end-June 317 devices had been announced…

By the end of June 2020 over 317 devices had been announced, of which at least 135 are commercially available

8 July 2020, London – The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today reported the number of announced 5G devices has continued to climb swiftly, accompanied again this month by a continued rapid rise in the number of 5G devices that are commercially available. In January 2020, the number of announced 5G devices exceeded 200 for the first time; by end-June 317 devices had been announced, of which 135 were understood to be commercially available (up from 112 at the end of May).
“As we continue to see more and more 5G services launched around the world, it is fixed wireless access and phones which are driving the early pace,” said Joe Barrett, President of Global mobile Suppliers Association. “The number of announced devices in each of these categories has grown strongly over the past 18 months, with the number of announced 5G phones more than doubling since the end of 2019 and up by 55% over the last three months. From chipset vendors to device manufacturers, the industry is delivering the devices people need to be able to access, enjoy and benefit from new 5G experiences.”
Part of the GSA Analyser for Mobile Broadband Devices (GAMBoD) database, the GSA’s 5G device tracking reports global device launches across the 5G ecosystem and contains key details about device form factors, features and support for spectrum bands. Access to the GAMBoD database is only available to GSA Members and to GSA Associates subscribing to the service.
The July 2020 5G Ecosystem Report containing summary statistics can be downloaded for free from https://gsacom.com/paper/5g-ecosystem-july-2020-devices-update/?utm=devicereports5g .

By end of June 2020, GSA had identified:
• 16 announced form factors
• 86 vendors that had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices
• 317 announced devices (including regional variants, and phones that can be upgraded using a separate adapter, but excluding prototypes not expected to be commercialised and operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including at least 135 that are commercially available:
o 135 phones (up 16 since May), at least 95 of which are now commercially available (up 12 in a month). Includes three phones that are upgraded to offer 5G using an adapter
o 85 CPE devices (indoor and outdoor, including two Verizon-spec compliant devices not meeting 3GPP 5G standards, and enterprise grade CPE/routers/gateways)
o 49 modules
o 22 hotspots (including regional variants)
o 5 laptops (notebooks)
o 21 other devices (including drones, head mounted displays, robots, snap-on dongles/adapters, a switch, tablets, TVs, USB terminals/dongles/modems and a vending machine)


GSA also tracks spectrum band support of 5G devices and has identified spectrum support information for just over 82% of all announced devices. 76.3% of all announced 5G devices are identified as supporting sub-6 GHz spectrum bands while 26.5% are understood to support mmWave spectrum. Just 20.5% of all announced devices are known to support both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands. Only 31 of the commercially available devices (23.0% of them) are understood to support services operating in mmWave spectrum, but 88.9% of the commercially available devices are known to support sub-6 GHz spectrum.

The bands known to be most supported by all announced 5G devices are n78, n41, n79 and n77. At the end of June, the number of announced devices known to support Band n79 had passed the 100 mark for the first time, reaching 101 devices, while the number of announced devices supporting Band n41 had reached 128 and the number of announced devices supporting band n78 had reached 148.


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