The GSA 5G Ecosystem – July 2020 report announces 5G devices has continued to climb swiftly, accompanied again this month by a continued rapid rise in the number of 5G devices that are commercially available. In January 2020, the number of announced 5G devices exceeded 200 for the first time; by end-June 317 devices had been announced, of which 135 were understood to be commercially available (up from 112 at the end of May).
By end June 2020, GSA had identified:
Not all devices are available immediately and specification details remain limited for some devices.
The most prevalent 5G devices are phones and FWA CPE. The number of announced devices in each of these categories has grown strongly over the past 18 months. The number of announced 5G phones has more than doubled since the end of 2019 and is up by 55% over the last three months.
Twenty-nine vendors have now produced or announced plans to produce 5G phones. Meanwhile, 53 vendors have now launched or announced plans to launch their own 5G CPE devices (indoor, outdoor or enterprise grade CPE/routers/gateways).
Availability of information about spectrum support is improving as a greater number of devices become commercially available. GSA has identified some spectrum support information for just over 82% of all announced devices: 76.3% of all announced 5G devices are identified as supporting sub-6 GHz spectrum bands while 26.5% are understood to support mmWave spectrum. Just 20.5% of all announced devices are known to support both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands.
Only 31 of the commercially available devices (23.0% of them) are understood to support services operating in mmWave spectrum, but 88.9% of the commercially available devices are known to support sub-6 GHz spectrum.
The bands known to be most supported by all announced 5G devices are n78, n41, n79 and n77. At the end of June, the number of announced devices known to support Band n79 had passed the 100 mark for the first time, reaching 101 devices, while the number of announced devices supporting Band n41 had reached 128 and the number of announced devices supporting band n78 had reached 148.
We can expect the device ecosystem to continue to grow quickly and for more information about announced devices to become available as they reach the market. Based on vendors’ previous statements and recent rates of device release, we might expect to see the number of commercial devices approaching the 200 mark by the end of Q3 2020, (although many device launch timetables were announced before COVID-19 had an impact on businesses worldwide, so there is potential for the number of new launches to be lower than this). GSA will be tracking and reporting regularly on these 5G device launch announcements. Its GAMBoD database contains key details about device form factors, features and support for spectrum bands. Summary statistics are released in this regular monthly publication.
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