GCF report charts rise of wireless modules and 5G

GCF report charts rise of wireless modules and 5G

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has published its Mobile Device Trends February 2023 report, which includes an analysis of wireless device certification data for 2022. The report highlights the significant increase in the number of wireless modules being certified, which now account for almost the same share as smartphones. The rise of 5G continues, with 33% of all devices and 49% of all smartphones in 2022 integrating the technology, and support for 5G standalone (SA) operation reaching over 90% of 5G devices.

By combining conformance and interoperability tests undertaken in laboratories with field trials on multiple commercial networks, GCF certification verifies the quality of the interoperability of mobile phones and other wireless devices with different network elements, vendors’ infrastructure, and other services. GCF certifies hundreds of different device models each year and the analysis of GCF’s certification listings provides insight into current trends within the mobile device market.

A total of 649 device models from 85 manufacturers were certified by GCF in 2022. This represents a 6% increase in models compared with 2021 and the second highest figure in GCF’s history.

Smartphones remained the largest category of device in 2022 with 37% share (down from 43% in 2021) but modules, previously in second place at nearly 30% in 2021, have almost bridged the gap, moving to a share of 36.7% in 2022. Wireless routers retained their position as the third largest category some distance behind.

2022 saw a decrease in the number of devices certified incorporating a LPWA (low-power wide area) IoT standard. As in the two previous years, two standards dominated these certifications: NB-IoT and LTE CAT M1 (FDD), which were incorporated in 53 devices each.

The GCF Mobile Device Trends February 2023 report can be downloaded free of charge here:


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