GSA: 5G Market Snapshot – 5G networks, 5G gadgets, 5G SA standing

By finish October 2021, GSA had recognized 469 operators in 140 nations/territories had been investing in 5G, together with trials, acquisition of licenses, planning, community deployment and launches. (This quantity excludes almost 200 extra firms awarded spectrum within the US CBRS PAL public sale, which may probably be used for 5G).

  • Of these, a complete of 182 operators in 73 nations/territories had launched a number of 3GPP-compliant 5G providers
  • 173 operators in 69 nations/territories had launched 5G cellular providers
  • 65 operators in 36 nations/territories had launched 3GPP-compliant 5G FWA providers (36% of these with launched 5G providers)
  • 5 operators had introduced tender launches of their 5G networks that aren’t counted within the above launch figures.
  • 97 operators are recognized as investing in 5G standalone (together with these evaluating/testing, piloting, planning, deploying in addition to people who have launched 5G SA networks).
  • GSA has catalogued 20 operators as having deployed/launched 5G SA in public networks

As for 5G endpoint gadgets:

The variety of introduced 5G gadgets continues to rise and has now reached 1115, a rise of 18.9% within the final quarter. Of those gadgets, 67.7% are understood to be commercially out there. The variety of business 5G gadgets has grown by 24.2% over the past three months passing 750 for the primary time, to achieve a complete of 755 gadgets understood to be commercially out there.

By end-October 2021, GSA had recognized:

  • twenty-two introduced kind elements.
  • 100 and sixty-five distributors who had introduced out there or forthcoming 5G gadgets.
  • one thousand, 100 and fifteen introduced gadgets (together with regional variants, however excluding operator-branded gadgets which are basically re-badged variations of different telephones), together with 755 which are understood to be commercially out there:
  • 5 hundred and fifty telephones (up 27 from September), no less than 491 of which are actually commercially out there (up 32 in a month).
  • 100 and ninety FWA CPE gadgets (indoor and out of doors), no less than of which 90 are actually commercially out there.
  • 100 and fifty-six modules.
  • seventy-one industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems.
  • forty-eight battery operated hotspots.
  • twenty-five tablets.
  • twenty laptops (notebooks).
  • eleven in-vehicle routers/modems/hotspots.
  • eight USB terminals/dongles/modems.
  • thirty-six different gadgets (together with drones, head-mounted shows, robots, TVs, cameras, femtocells/small cells, repeaters, car OBUs, a snap-on dongle/adapter, a change, a merchandising machine and an encoder).
  • 600 and twenty-seven introduced gadgets with declared help for 5G standalone in sub-6 GHz bands, 434 of that are commercially out there.

Not all gadgets can be found instantly and specification particulars stay restricted for some gadgets.

We are able to anticipate the supply of gadgets to proceed to enhance and for extra details about introduced gadgets to emerge as they attain the market. Primarily based on distributors’ earlier statements and up to date charges of machine launch, we would anticipate to see the variety of business gadgets surpassing the 820 mark by the top of This autumn 2021. GSA will likely be monitoring and reporting recurrently on these 5G machine launch bulletins. Its GAMBoD database accommodates key particulars about machine kind elements, options and help for spectrum bands. Abstract statistics are launched on this common month-to-month publication.

Extra info on 5G SA networks:

Operators are more and more experimenting with and deploying 5G standalone (SA) networks. With a completely new, cloud-based, virtualized, microservices-based core infrastructure, among the anticipated advantages of introducing 5G SA applied sciences embrace quicker connection instances (decrease latency), help for large numbers of gadgets, programmable methods enabling quicker and extra agile creation of providers and community slices, with improved help for SLA administration inside these slices, and the arrival of voice-over new radio (VoNR). Introduction of 5G SA is anticipated to facilitate simplification of architectures, enhance safety and cut back prices. 5G SA is anticipated to allow customization and open up new service and income alternatives tailor-made to enterprise, industrial and authorities clients.

GSA is monitoring the emergence of the 5G SA system, together with the supply of chipsets and gadgets for patrons, plus the testing after which deployment of 5G SA networks by public cellular community operators in addition to non-public community operators. This paper is the most recent in an ongoing collection of papers summarising market traits, drawing on the info collected in GSA’s varied databases overlaying chipsets, gadgets, spectrum and networks.

Funding in 5G SA by private and non-private community operators

5G SA networks may be deployed in quite a lot of situations: as an overlay for a public 5G non-SA (NSA) community, as a greenfield 5G deployment for a public community operator with no separate LTE community, or as a non-public community deployment for an enterprise, utility, schooling, authorities or another group requiring its personal non-public campus community.

GSA has recognized 94 operators in 48 nations/territories worldwide which were investing in public 5G SA networks (within the type of trials, deliberate or precise deployments). This equates to only over 20% of the 469 operators identified to be investing in 5G licenses, trials or deployments of any sort.

Not less than 19 operators in 15 nations/territories are actually understood to have launched public 5G SA networks. An extra 4 have deployed 5G SA know-how however not but launched providers, or have solely soft-launched them. Along with these, no less than 25 have been catalogued as deploying or piloting 5G standalone, 28 as planning to deploy the know-how and 18 as being concerned in evaluations/exams/trials.

A latest survey of European and North American cellular operators by Heavy Studying and EXFO (revealed October 2021) revealed that 49% of them plan to deploy 5G SA inside a 12 months and {that a} additional 39% plan to deploy 5G SA inside one or two years. In the meantime, distributors are reporting the deployment of 5G core SA networks that aren’t introduced publicly. So the lively deployments and launches catalogued by GSA to date would be the first of many.

Along with the funding in 5G SA for public cellular networks talked about above, plenty of organizations are testing, piloting or deploying 5G SA applied sciences for personal networks. GSA has developed a brand new database monitoring non-public cellular community licenses, trials and deployments. It has collated details about 626 organizations identified to be deploying LTE or 5G non-public cellular networks, or identified to have been granted a license appropriate for the deployment of a non-public LTE or 5G community to date. Of these, 151 are identified to be utilizing 5G networks (excluding these labelled as 5G-ready) for personal cellular community pilots or deployments. Of these, 27 (almost 18% of them) are identified to be working with 5G SA already, together with producers, educational organizations, business analysis institutes, building, communications/IT providers, rail and aviation organizations.



Regardless of the above 5G standing report, many consider that 5G has been a failure. For instance, Half-Baked Enterprise Fashions…… from SDxCentral.



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