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GSA: 1000th 5G Device Announced

by Brenda Lafeuillee

Globally 1060 5G devices have been announced with 704 now commercially available

LONDON, UK – 7th OCTOBER 2021 – The GSA today confirmed the number of announced 5G devices has surpassed 1000 and now stands at 1060, representing an increase of 21.4% in the last quarter alone. Among those 66.4% are commercially available, this proportion having grown by 26.4% over the last three months with number of available devices having passed 700 to reach a total of 704 devices.

The new “5G Device Ecosystem – End-September 2021” report reveals that 158 vendors have now announced available or forthcoming 5G devices across 22 different form factors. Devices recorded by GSA include over 500 5G phones and 188 FWA CPE devices. Among the 1060 announced 5G devices, 724 of them support C-Band band n78.

The new report also details that by the end of September 2021 GSA had identified:

•             22 announced form factors.

•              158 vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.

•              1060 announced devices (including regional variants, but excluding operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including 704 that are understood to be commercially available:

o              523 phones (up 45 from August), at least 459 of which are now commercially available (up 35 in a month).

o              188 FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), at least of which 89 are now commercially available.

o              138 modules.

o              70 industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems.

o              46 battery operated hotspots.

o              23 tablets.

o              19 laptops (notebooks).

o              11 in-vehicle routers/modems/hotspots.

o              8 USB terminals/‌dongles/‌modems.

o              34 other devices (including drones, head-mounted displays, robots, TVs, cameras, femtocells/‌small cells, repeaters, vehicle OBUs, a snap-on dongle/‌‌adapter, a switch, a vending machine and an encoder).

o              588 announced devices with declared support for 5G standalone in sub-6 GHz bands, 410 of which are commercially available.

A free executive summary of the report can be downloaded here: https://gsacom.com/paper/5g-device-ecosystem-executive-summary-october-2021/ (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. 

“5G network deployments and device launches are progressing at a rapid pace as the technology continues to grow its footprint globally,” commented Joe Barrett, President, Global mobile Suppliers Association.  “This milestone of reaching the 1000th device indicates both the progress of next generation networks but also, through the diverse range of available form factors, the huge potential that 5G has across a wide range of use cases.”

About GSA

GSA is the voice of the global mobile ecosystem representing companies engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. The organisation plays a central role in promoting 3GPP technology, advocating spectrum policies and stimulating IMT industry development. The association is a single source of information for industry reports and market intelligence.

The GSA GAMBoD database is a unique search and analysis tool that has been developed to enable searches of LTE and 5G devices and new global data on Mobile Broadband Networks, Technologies and Spectrum (NTS). Results are presented as a list or in charts. Charts may be inserted into documents or presentations, subject to accreditation of GSA as the source. GAMBoD is a resource dedicated to promoting the success and growth of the Mobile Broadband (MBB) industry and ecosystem and is fully available to all employees of GSA Executive and Ordinary Member companies and GSA Associates who subscribe to the service. More information on GAMBoD is available here: https://gsacom.com/gambod/

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