Number of 5G devices breaks 500 barrier

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The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has reported that the number of announced 5G devices has now surpassed 500 for the first time, accompanied by a rapid increase in the number of commercially available 5G devices.

By the end of November this year, 519 5G devices had been announced, of which 303 were understood to be commercially available representing more than 58% of all announced 5G devices. In the last three months, the number of announced 5G devices has grown by 29.4%, while there has been a 59.5% increase in the number of commercially available 5G devices over the same period.

“The status of device launches and availability can tell us a great deal about the wider health of the 5G ecosystem,” commented Joe Barrett, President of Global mobile Suppliers Association. “This year we’ve seen more and more symbolically important milestones being passed – over 500 announced 5G devices, more than 100 vendors, over 250 different phones, and 100 fixed wireless access CPE devices. And it doesn’t stop there; we expect more 5G devices to become commercially available, surpassing the 330 mark before the year is out.

"The device vendor community has stepped up and delivered in the face of unprecedented challenges. As an industry, we can be excited about the opportunities 2021 will bring.”

By end-November 2020, GSA had identified:

  • 20 announced form factors
  • 104 vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices
  • 519 announced devices (including regional variants, and phones that can be upgraded using a separate adapter, but excluding operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including 303 that are understood to be commercially available.