The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has released the mobile industry’s first database tracking 5G devices launches worldwide. Part of the GSA Analyser for Mobile Broadband Devices (GAMBoD) database, the addition of 5G device tracking and reporting is an important milestone for the 5G ecosystem, as it moves from service trials and prototype user equipment to commercially available services and devices.
As of mid-March (2019), GSA identified 23 suppliers who confirmed forthcoming 5G devices, with 33 total devices including regional variants. The population comprises seven 5G form factors: phones, hotspots, indoor CPE, outdoor CPE, modules, snap-on dongles, adapters and USB terminals.
- 12 phones plus regional variants.
- Four hotspots plus regional variants.
- Eight indoor and outdoor CPE devices.
- Five modules.
- Two snap-on dongles and adapters.
- One USB terminal.
GSA reported that 5G chipsets are available from or have been announced by Huawei, Intel, Mediatek, Qualcomm and Samsung.
The GAMBoD database is available to all employees of GSA executive and ordinary member companies and GSA associates who subscribe to the service. The database enables searches of mobile broadband devices and provides global data on mobile broadband networks, technologies and spectrum. The new 5G device database provides details about form factor, features and which spectrum bands the devices support.
The LTE Devices database can be searched by supplier, form factor, features, peak downlink and uplink speeds and operating frequency. The NTS database can be searched by mobile broadband technology, feature, UE category, downlink speed, spectrum bands and region. Results are presented as lists or charts.
“While early 4G devices were modems and dongles, with 5G we’re seeing smartphones lead the way with early commercial availability. This gives an early indication of where the industry is expecting to see the first 5G opportunities. For network and device vendors, regulators and industry observers, the GAMBoD database is a valuable go-to resource for the latest global 5G data.” — Joe Barrett, president, GSA