Commercially available 5G devices top 800

Commercially available 5G devices top 800

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By Nick Flaherty

Over 822 different 5G devices have been launched so far, highlighting the accelerating shift to the latest wireless technology. Alongside 416 phones and 106 modules there are 5G-enabled drones, head-mounted displays, robots and TVs. 

The latest report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) shows device announcements are up 8.7 percent over the last month and 26.5 percent over the last quarter, with 62 percent already commercially available.

Devices come from 128 vendors, with 416 phones, an increase of 29 since April 2021, and at least 144 fixed wireless  access devices (indoor and outdoor), of which 56 are now commercially available. Support for 5G Standalone is also seeing growing support within the device ecosystem, with 456 devices now launched, 303 of which are commercially available.

Developers have announced 106 modules and 45 industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems as well as 38 hotspot devices. There are 15 notebook computers, 16 tablets and 10 in-vehicle routers/modems/hotspots.

There are also 32 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.

“Against a backdrop of the global pandemic and economic disruption, the pace of 5G deployment and commercialisation has continued unabated,” said Joe Barrett, President, Global mobile Suppliers Association.  “The mobile industry has continued to see more spectrum allocated to 5G, more networks deployed and, as of today, the number of commercially available 5G devices break through the totemic 500 barrier for the first time.”

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