New 5G phones drive total 5G devices through 250 barrier

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Figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) show that the number of announced 5G devices has broken the 250 barrier, spurred by a surge in 5G phone announcements.

In January 2020, the number of announced 5G devices exceeded 200 for the first time; by early March over 250 devices had been announced with GSA identifying 253 announced devices, of which at least 67 are now commercially available.

‘‘We are at a fascinating turning point in the industry where the whole ecosystem is embracing, pushing and delivering new 5G spectrum, networks and devices,” commented Joe Barrett, President of GSA. ‘‘The rate at which new 5G devices are being announced and the diversity of form factors points to continued rapid deployment and uptake of new 5G services. Based on vendors’ statements, we can expect more than 50 additional announced devices to become commercially available before the end of June 2020.”

The latest market data reveals that just over two-thirds (68.0%) of all announced 5G devices are identified as supporting sub-6 GHz spectrum bands and just under one-third (30.8%) are understood to support mmWave spectrum.

Just under 25% of all announced devices are known to support both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands. The bands known to be most supported by announced 5G devices are n78, n41, n79 and n77.

By mid-March 2020, GSA had identified:

  • 16 announced form factors
  • 81 vendors that had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices
  • 253 announced devices (including regional variants, and phones that can be upgraded using a separate adapter, but excluding prototypes not expected to be commercialised and operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including at least 67 that are commercially available. Devices include: phones, CPE devices, modules, hotspots, laptops, drones, and robots.

Part of the GSA Analyser for Mobile Broadband Devices (GAMBoD) database, the GSA’s 5G device tracking reports global device launches across the 5G ecosystem and contains details about device form factors, features and support for spectrum bands.