5G Devices – March 2021 – Executive Summary

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5G Devices – March 2021 – Executive Summary

The number of announced 5G devices continues to rise and has passed the 600 mark this month; there are now 628 announced 5G devices, which is an increase of 21% over the last three months. The number of 5G devices understood to be commercially available has also grown rapidly, exceeding 400 devices for the first time. The total number of commercially available 5G devices now stands at 404, which is an increase of 33.3% over the last three months, and represents 64.3% of all announced 5G devices.

By end-February 2021, GSA had identified:

twenty-one announced form factors.
one hundred and nineteen vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.
six hundred and twenty-eight announced devices (including regional variants, but excluding operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including 404 that are understood to be commercially available:
three hundred and six phones (up 12 from December), at least 274 of which are now commercially available (up 23 in a month).
one hundred and twenty-two FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), of which 47 are now commercially available.
eighty modules.
thirty-four industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems.
twenty-nine hotspots.
fifteen laptops (notebooks).
eight tablets.
thirty-four other devices (including drones, head-mounted displays, including in vehicle routers/modems/hotspots, robots, snap-on dongles/adapters, TVs, USB terminals/dongles/modems, cameras, femtocells/small cells, vehicle OBUs, a switch, a vending machine and an encoder).
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 440 mark by the end of Q1 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 – March 2021 – Executive Summary

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