5G Device Ecosystem Report: February 2020
5G Device Ecosystem Report February 2020
Key facts on 5G devices
During 2019, the number of announced 5G devices grew rapidly, starting with a few announcements and then gathering pace as operators in various parts of the world launched their first commercial 5G services. In January 2020, the growth has continued with the number of announced 5G devices exceeding 200 for the first time.
By the end of January 2020, GSA had identified:
- sixteen announced form factors (phones, head-mounted display, hotspots, indoor CPE, outdoor CPE, laptops/notebooks, modules, snap-on dongles/adapters, routers, drones, robots, tablets, TVs, a switch, a USB terminal and a vending machine).
- seventy-eight vendors that had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.
- two hundred and eight announced devices (including regional variants, and phones that can be upgraded using a separate adapter, but excluding both prototypes not expected to be commercialised and operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including at least 60 that are commercially available.
- sixty-nine CPE devices (indoor and outdoor, including two Verizon-spec compliant devices not meeting 3GPP 5G standards) at least 12 of which are now believed to be commercially available
- sixty-two phones, (down one from December, as we have removed one device that will no longer be brought to market), at least 35 of which are now commercially available. Includes three phones that are upgraded to offer 5G using an adapter.
- thirty-five modules
- fourteen hotspots (including regional variants), at least nine of which are now commercially available
- five laptops (notebooks)
- four routers (count reduced – it has become clear that some previously announced 5G routers will not after all contain inherent 5G capability)
- three robots
- three televisions
- two snap-on dongles/adapters
- three tablets
- two drones
- two head-mounted displays
- one switch
- two USB terminals/dongles
- one vending machine.
Not all devices are available immediately and specification details remain limited for some devices.