Number Of Commercial 5G Devices Reaches 511, Up By 26.5% On-quarter: GSA


The number of commercial 5G devices has grown by over 26.5 per cent on-quarter, breaching the 500 mark to reach 511 commercial 5G devices, as per a report by the industry association Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

At the same time, there are now 822 announced 5G devices, growing by 8.7 per cent over the last month, while 62 per cent of all announced 5G devices are understood to be commercially available.

“Against a backdrop of the global pandemic and economic disruption, the pace of 5G deployment and commercialisation has continued unabated,” commented 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,” Barrett added.

According to the “5G Device Ecosystem – June 2021” report by GSA, 128 vendors have now announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.

Across 22 different form factors, there are 416 5G phones, an increase of 29 since April 2021, and at least 144 FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), it said.

“Support for 5G Standalone is also seeing growing support within the device ecosystem, with 456 announced devices now with declared support for 5G standalone in sub-6 GHz bands, 303 of which are commercially available,” the report said.

By the end of May 2021, GSA identified 128 vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G device, 811 announced devices, 416 phones (up 29 from April), at least 350 of which are now commercially available (up 20 in a month), and 32 other devices, among others.

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