FWA CPE Market Survey – September 2021

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FWA CPE Market Survey – September 2021

Key highlights
·       Results from the first GSA 4G/5G FWA Forum device ecosystem survey covering 25 device vendors show strong momentum for the 3GPP-based FWA market.

·       4G/5G FWA CPE shipment in 2020 was 22.9 million units, growing 18% compared to 2019. For 2021 the annual growth rate is expected to accelerate to 31%.

·       Cumulative 4G/5G FWA CPE shipments for 2019–2021 add to 72.4 million units. This figure reaches 108.2 million including battery-operated hotspots.

·       Device shipments in 2020 were predominantly on 4G/LTE, with about 5% of devices having 4G/LTE and 5G capabilities.

·       CPE vendors highlight ‘work/study from home’ as the most relevant market trend for 2020 and 2021, showing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Introduction
The purpose of the GSA’s 4G/5G FWA Forum is to educate the industry about the FWA market. Currently there are no agreed market definitions, there is a lack of market information, and no consensus on the volume of 4G/5G FWA device shipments and 4G/5G FWA installed base globally.

The GSA FWA CPE market survey has been designed to address that issue. Input was collected from March to June 2021 from CPE vendors that are members of the GSA 4G/5G FWA Forum on a range of topics including shipments, market growth, form factors and device features, current and future.

25 CPE vendors of the GSA 4G/5G FWA Forum answered the first edition of the survey. We estimate that this is a significant representation of the 3GPP-based market. The vendors that participated in the survey were: Asiatelco Technologies Co., Askey, BEC Technologies, BLiNQ Networks, Casa Systems, Esound Technologies, Gosuncnwelink Technologies, Greenpacket, HaiIot Co., Huawei, Jaton Technology, MeiG Smart Technology, Mobot Mobile, Nokia, Notion InfoTech, Sichuan Changhong Network Technologies, Shenzhen Jointelli Technologies Co., SMAWave, TCL, Tigercel, Tozed Kangwei, Wavetel, WNC, YaoJin Technology, ZMTEL. This paper presents a summary of selected survey findings.

The survey is intended to be repeated on a regular basis to create a baseline of data about the global 4G/5G FWA market.

Device shipments
Respondents were asked to indicate how many units were shipped for different form factors in 2020, the growth compared to 2019, and expected growth for 2021. The aggregate results are shown in Figure 1.

FWA CPE Market Survey – September 2021

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