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GSA announces 5G devices surpass 1000

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 13 Oct 2021
  • Last modified 13 Oct 2021
Though not all devices are available in the UK, this milestone is nonetheless extremely significant.

The GSA yesterday 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 has grown by 26.4% over the last three months with the 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 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, 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 and cameras).

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. 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.”

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