5G Devices: Executive Summary – September 2021

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5G Devices: Executive Summary – September 2021

Executive Summary

Key facts

The number of announced 5G devices continues to grow and has now risen to 991 devices. This is an increase of 20.6% over the last three months. Of these devices, 65.1% are understood to be commercially available; there are now 645 commercial 5G devices, which represents a growth of 26.2% over the last three months.

By end-August 2021, GSA had identified:

twenty-two announced form factors.

one hundred and fifty-four vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.

nine hundred and ninety-one 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 seventy-eight phones (up 28 from July), at least 424 of which are now commercially available (up 23 in a month).

one hundred and seventy-seven FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), of which 74 are now commercially available.

one hundred and thirty-seven modules.

sixty-five industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems.

forty-five battery operated hotspots.

eighteen  laptops (notebooks).

eighteen  tablets.

eleven in-vehicle routers/modems/hotspots.

eight USB terminals/dongles/modems

thirty-four 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).

five hundred and fifty-six announced devices with declared support for 5G standalone in sub-6 GHz bands, 381 of which are commercially available.

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

We can expect the availability of devices to continue to improve and for more information about announced devices to emerge 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 675 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 – September 2021

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