May 07, 2021 News
The report shows that the types of 5G devices released globally in the first quarter of 2021 continue to show rapid growth, reaching 703 by the end of March, laying a solid foundation for promoting and applying 5G technologies and services.
The Type Of 5G Equipment Breaks Through The 700 Marks For The First Time
It is understood that most of the 703 commercial 5G products will emerge in the first quarter of 2021. In the first quarter of this year, the number of 5G devices released worldwide increased to 703, which is an increase of more than 28%, accounting for 61.3% of all 5G devices released, of which 431 have been put into commercial use.
By the end of March 2021, GSA confirmed that the 5G product chain had released a total of 22 product forms, and 122 suppliers have announced that they are or will soon launch 5G equipment. Among all 703 types of 5G devices, there are 351 models of mobile phones (added 24 new models in February alone), of which 298 models have been commercialized; FWA CPE equipment (indoor and outdoor) 132 models, of which 50 models have been commercialized. In addition, there are 37 types of industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems, 91 types of 5G modules, 36 types of 5G hotspots, 14 types of laptops with 5G connectivity, and eight types of 5G tablets.
With the joint efforts of the 5G industry and other industries, 34 new types of 5G devices in different forms have appeared on the market, including drones, head-mounted displays, car routers/modems/hotspots, robots, TVs, USB terminals/ Dongle/modem, camera, femtocell/small cell, repeater, car unit, etc.
5G Users Increased To Nearly 401 Million
GSA pointed out in the latest LTE and 5G user report that as of March 2021, the number of global LTE users has exceeded 5.95 billion. In the previous 12 months, nearly 507 million new LTE users have been added. Currently, LTE users account for 62.2% of the total global mobile users.
With the rapid advancement of 5G network deployment and the diversification of terminal categories, global 5G users also multiply. As of March 2021, the number of global 5G users has increased by 57%, reaching nearly 401 million, accounting for 4.19% of the total global mobile users.
GSA predicts in the report, the proportion of LTE users will reach a peak of 64.4% by the end of 2021, and the number of users will get a rise by 6.33 billion by the end of 2022. As more and more customers migrate to 5G, the size of the LTE market is expected to enter a slow decline from 2023.
The Rapid Growth Of The IoT Ecosystem
As many industries have begun to use IoT technologies and equipment extensively, the global IoT ecosystem is also growing. GSA's latest NB-IoT and LTE-M report show that 136 operators worldwide are building or operating NB-IoT and LTE-M networks in 64 countries/regions.
GSA revealed in the report that 165 operators are currently investing in NB-IoT technology, out of which 120 operators have deployed or launched NB IoT commercial services, and 25 operators are planning, testing, and deploying NB-IoT networks 20 operators are evaluating NB IoT technology.
In addition, 75 operators are actively investing in LTE-M technology. Of these, 55 operators have deployed or launched LTE-M commercial networks, 11 operators are planning, testing, and deploying LTE-M networks, and 9 are operating Businesses are trying out LTE-M technology.
It is worth mentioning that although 5G has been put into commercial use in many countries, the LTE industry still maintains a strong vitality. The Global LTE Ecosystem Report released by GSA in March this year showed that a total of 846 manufacturers had launched 19,422 LTE devices, including 386 commercial devices that support both LTE and 5G. Among these devices, mobile phones account for a huge proportion of 11,173 types, accounting for 57.5% of all LTE devices.