5G Devices Ecosystem September 2020.
The number of announced 5G devices has continued to climb rapidly, surpassing 400 devices for the first time, accompanied once again by a continued growth in the number of 5G devices that are commercially available. By end-August 2020, 401 devices had been announced (just over double the number of announced devices at the beginning of 2020), of which 190 were understood to be commercially available (up from 162 at the end of July and approaching the total number of devices announced in January 2020).
By end August 2020, GSA had identified:
- eighteen announced form factors (phones, head-mounted displays, hotspots, indoor CPE, outdoor CPE, laptops/notebooks, modules, snap-on dongles/adapters, industrial grade CPE/routers/gateways/modems, drones, robots, tablets, TVs, cameras, USB modems, a switch, a vehicle OBU and a vending machine).
- ninety-three vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.
- four hundred and one announced devices (including regional variants, and phones that can be upgraded using a separate adapter, but excluding operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including 190 that are understood to be commercially available:
- one hundred and eighty-one phones, (up 19 from July), at least 138 of which are now commercially available (up 25 in a month). Includes three phones that are upgraded to offer 5G using an adapter.
- one hundred CPE devices (indoor and outdoor, including two Verizon-spec compliant devices not meeting 3GPP 5G standards, and enterprise grade CPE/routers/gateways), at least 24 of which are commercially available. sixty-four modules, at least 11 of which are commercially available
- twenty-three hotspots (including regional variants), at least 11 of which are commercially available.
- six laptops (notebooks).
- six tablets.
- twenty-one other devices (including drones, head-mounted displays, robots, snap-on dongles/adapters, a switch, , TVs, USB terminals/dongles/modems, cameras, a vehicle OBU and a vending machine).
Not all devices are available immediately and specification details remain limited for some devices.
5G Devices Ecosystem September 2020.
Spectrum band support of 5G devices
Availability of information about spectrum support is improving as a greater number of devices become commercially available. GSA has identified some spectrum support information for almost 83% of all announced devices: the number of announced devices identified as supporting sub-6 GHz spectrum bands has exceeded 300 devices for the first time; this is 77.3% of all announced 5G devices. 21.7% are understood to support mmWave spectrum, while just 16.2% of all announced devices are known to support both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands.
Only 36 of the commercially available devices (18.9% 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, n1, n77 and n3. At the end of August, the number of announced devices known to support Band n78 has almost reached the 200 mark, at 199 devices. Meanwhile the numbers of announced devices identified as supporting Bands n3, n77, n1, n79, and n41 have continued to rise rapidly and now stand at 108, 127, 128, 137 and 174 devices respectively.
We can expect the device ecosystem to continue to grow quickly and for more information about announced devices to become available as they reach the market. Based on vendors’ previous statements and recent rates of device release, we might expect to see the number of commercial devices surpassing the 200 mark by the end of Q3 2020. GSA will be tracking and reporting regularly on these 5G device launch announcements. Its GAMBoD database contains key details about device form factors, features and support for spectrum bands. Summary statistics are released in this regular monthly publication.