5G devices nearly double in 2020
Over 350 5G devices have been announced in 18 different form factors, up 86 percent since the start of the year accoriding to the latest data from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
In January 2020, the number of announced 5G devices exceeded 200 for the first time; by the end of July 364 devices had been announced from 91 vendors, with 162 commercially available (up from 135 at the end of June). In addition, the number of announced 5G phones has more than doubled since the end of 2019 and is up by 86 percent over the last four months.
Support for 5G milllimetre wave devices is slower, with 31 of the commercially available devices (19.1 percent) supporting services operating in mmWave spectrum. This compares to 87.0 percent of the commercially available devices supporting sub-6 GHz spectrum.
As well as 5G smartphones, the 18 form factors include 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.
The bands known to be most supported by all announced 5G devices are n78, n41, n79, n77, n1 and n3. At the end of July, the number of announced devices known to support Bands n1 and n77 had passed the 100 mark for the first time, reaching 107 and 110 devices respectively. Meanwhile the number of announced devices supporting Band 79 had reached 120, the number of announced devices supporting Band n41 had reached 152 and the number of announced devices supporting Band n78 had reached 176.
“As more and more 5G services are being launched worldwide, we can see the number of devices soaring with an ever growing range of form factors,” said Joe Barrett, President of Global mobile Suppliers Association. “Specifically the 5G phone market is seeing explosive growth having more than doubled since the end of 2019 and increasing by 86% over the last four months alone, indicating ever accelerating growth of the 5G ecosystem.”
The August 2020 5G Ecosystem Report containing summary statistics on 5G devices can be downloaded for free from https://gsacom.com/paper/5g-devices-member-report-august-2020/
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