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Press Release -- March 17th, 2021
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GSA: More than 150 5G Networks now launched globally

GSA identifies 68 operators in 38 countries investing in 5G standalone for public networks

LONDON, UK – 17 MARCH 2021 – The GSA today confirmed that there are now 153 operators in 64 countries/territories who have (as of mid-March 2021) announced 3GPP-compatible 5G launches for either mobile or FWA services. In total, there are now 428 operators in 132 countries/territories investing in 5G mobile or 5G FWA/home broadband networks.

This significant milestone follows GSA data released earlier this month confirming that the number of announced 5G devices had passed the 600 mark, representing an increase of 21% over the last three months. The number of 5G devices understood to be commercially available has also grown rapidly, exceeding 400 devices for the first time. The total number of commercially available 5G devices now stands at 404, which is an increase of 33.3% over the last three months, and represents 64.3% of all announced 5G devices.

The new LTE to 5G: March 2021 – Global updatereport, published today, is available now to GSA Members and GSA Associates. An executive summary of the report is available for free download here:

GSA has identified 68 operators in 38 countries investing in 5G standalone for public networks in the form of trials, plans, paying for licences, deploying or operating networks. GSA will be releasing more 5G NSA and 5G SA data in its “GSA Snapshot Webinar: 5G Stand Alone” on Wednesday 17th March at 16:00 GMT (register here:

“Today, not only are 428 operators in 132 markets investing in 5G mobile or 5G FWA/home broadband networks, but they are also rapidly coming to market with commercial 5G services,” said Joe Barrett, President of Global mobile Suppliers Association. “The global data in our unique GAMBoD database now identifies 176 operators in 76 countries/territories that have stated that they have activated one or more 5G sites within their live commercial network. Against a background of continued global investment in LTE, LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro, it is clear that operators are continuing to demand more capacity, enhanced performance and improved efficiencies to lower delivery cost.”

The latest Evolution from LTE to 5G: Global Market Status report also confirms operators’ continued investment in 4G LTE networks and services, recording 917 operators in 243 countries/territories that have stated plans to invest or are actively investing in LTE for public networks. LTE ‘not-spots’ are now limited to just a handful of markets globally.

About GSA

GSA is the voice of the global mobile ecosystem representing companies engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. The organisation plays a central role in promoting 3GPP technology, advocating spectrum policies and stimulating IMT industry development. The association is a single source of information for industry reports and market intelligence.

The GSA GAMBoD database is a unique search and analysis tool that has been developed to enable searches of LTE and 5G devices and new global data on Mobile Broadband Networks, Technologies and Spectrum (NTS). Results are presented as a list or in charts. Charts may be inserted into documents or presentations, subject to accreditation of GSA as the source.

GAMBoD is a resource dedicated to promoting the success and growth of the Mobile Broadband (MBB) industry and ecosystem and is fully available to all employees of GSA Executive and Ordinary Member companies and GSA Associates who subscribe to the service. More information on GAMBoD is available here:

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