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5G Device Availability Surges by 41% in April

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has reported that the number of commercially available 5G devices had increased by 41% in the last month, with 95 different 5G devices now commercially available out of more than 280 announced devices.

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This demonstrates continued and significant growth since March, which recorded 253 announced devices, of which at least 67 were commercially available at that time.

‘‘In what is clearly a very challenging time globally, with social distancing and fundamental changes to the way we work and live, connectivity has never been more critical,” says Joe Barrett, President of GSA.

“Around the world, we are seeing mobile operators take unprecedented steps to support their subscribers and boost capacity, with 5G a vital part of their immediate and future strategies.”

Barret believes that the data shows just how hard the vendor community is working to bring devices to market even quicker to support the rollout and expansion of new 5G services, with smartphones accounting for over 85% of the new commercially available devices recorded this month.

“Based on vendors’ statements, we can expect more than 35 additional announced devices to become commercially available before the end of June 2020,” Barrett continued. “At GSA we’ll be tracking and reporting regularly on these 5G device launch announcements for the industry as we continue to take the temperature of the 5G ecosystem.”

Edited by Jenna Delport
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