5G Devices: Executive Summary – August 2021

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5G Devices: Executive Summary – August 2021

The number of announced 5G devices continues to rise, passing 900 for the first time, to reach 938 devices. This is an increase of 24.1% over the last quarter. The number of 5G devices understood to be commercially available has likewise grown, by 29.9% over the same period. The number of commercially available 5G devices has now exceeded 600 for the first time, reaching 608 devices, which represents 64.8% of the total number of announced 5G devices.

By end-July 2021, GSA had identified:

twenty-two announced form factors.

one hundred and forty-three vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.

nine hundred and thirty-eight announced devices (including regional variants, but excluding operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including 608 that are understood to be commercially available:

four hundred and fifty phones (up 19 from June), at least 401 of which are now commercially available (up 20 in a month).

one hundred and seventy-one FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), of which 67 are now commercially available.

one hundred and thirty-four modules.

sixty industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems.

forty-three battery operated hotspots.

fifteen laptops (notebooks).

seventeen tablets.

ten in-vehicle routers/modems/hotspots.

thirty-eight 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).

five hundred and twenty-eight announced devices with declared support for 5G standalone in sub-6 GHz bands, 365 of which are commercially available.

Not all devices are available immediately and specification details remain limited for some devices.

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 650 mark by the end of Q3 2021. 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.

5G Devices: Executive Summary – August 2021






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