Friday, 18 June 2021

GSA: Commercially available 5G devices exceed 500 for first time

posted by GSA
Thursday 10 June 21

The GSA today confirmed the number of announced 5G devices has surpassed 800 for the first time and now stands at 822 announced 5G devices. This is an increase of 8.7% over the last month and 62% of all announced 5G devices are understood to be commercially available. The number of commercial 5G devices has grown by 26.5% over the last quarter, passing 500 for the first time to reach 511 commercial 5G devices…

The GSA today confirmed the number of announced 5G devices has surpassed 800 for the first time and now stands at 822 announced 5G devices. This is an increase of 8.7% over the last month and 62% of all announced 5G devices are understood to be commercially available. The number of commercial 5G devices has grown by 26.5% over the last quarter, passing 500 for the first time to reach 511 commercial 5G devices.


The new “5G Device Ecosystem – June 2021” report reveals that 128 vendors have now announced available or forthcoming 5G devices. Across 22 different form factors, devices recorded by GSA include 416 5G phones, an increase of 29 since April 2021, and at least 144 FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), of which 56 are now commercially available. Support for 5G Standalone is also seeing growing support within the device ecosystem, with 456 announced devices now with declared support for 5G standalone in sub-6 GHz bands, 303 of which are commercially available.


The new report also shares that by end-May 2021, GSA had identified:
22 announced form factors
128 vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G device
811 announced devices (including regional variants, but excluding operator-branded devices
that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including 511 that are understood to be commercially available:
416 phones (up 29 from April), at least 350 of which are now commercially available (up 20 in a month)
144 FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), of which 56 are now commercially available
106 modules
45 industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems
38 hotspots
15 laptops (notebooks)
16 tablets
10 in-vehicle routers/modems/hotspots
32 other devices (including drones, head-mounted displays, robots, TVs, USB terminals/?dongles/?modems, cameras, femtocells/?small cells, repeaters, vehicle OBUs, a snap-on dongle/??adapter, a switch, a vending machine and an encoder)


A free executive summary of the report can be downloaded here: https://gsacom.com/paper/5g-devices-june-2021-executive-summary/ (registration required). The full report, available to all GSA Members and Associates subscribing to the GAMBoD service, includes additional data including the growth in 5G FWA CPE and 5G phones, the spectrum support of 5G devices and a full list of the 511 commercially available 5G devices.


“Against a backdrop of the global pandemic and economic disruption, the pace of 5G deployment and commercialisation has continued unabated,” commented Joe Barrett, President, Global mobile Suppliers Association. “The mobile industry has continued to see more spectrum allocated to 5G, more networks deployed and, as of today, the number of commercially available 5G devices break through the totemic 500 barrier for the first time.”


GSA will be sharing the latest global status of 5G spectrum, networks and devices in its upcoming webinar The 5G story so far: 5G Spectrum, networks and devices in 1H 2021 on Thursday 24 June at 15:00 (London). To register for this free webinar, please visit: https://gsacom.com/webinar/the-5g-story-so-far-5g-spectrum-networks-and-devices-in-1h-2021/


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