Growth in 5G investment in first-quarter 2024: GSA report

The latest GSA report said 585 operators in 175 countries and territories are investing in 5G, in the form of trials, acquisition of licenses, planning, network deployment, and launches by the end of March 2024.
GSA report on 5G operators 2024
Additionally, nearly 200 other companies were awarded priority access licenses in the US auction of CBRS spectrum, which could potentially be used for 5G, GSA’s May 2024 snapshot of the 5G market indicated.

153 operators in 71 countries and territories have launched or soft-launched 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) services based on 3GPP standards — just over 48 percent of those with launched 5G services.

There are 124 operators investing in 5G standalone access, including those evaluating, testing, piloting, planning and deploying as well as those that have launched standalone 5G networks. 49 operators have deployed, launched or soft-launched standalone 5G in public networks.

Support for band n78 among 5G devices is approaching the 2,000 mark.

The spectrum bands most supported in deploying or deployed 5G networks are C-band, 700 MHz, 26/28 GHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.5 GHz. The bands most supported in announced 5G devices are C-band, 2.5 GHz, 2.1 GHz, 1800 MHz and 700 MHz (n28).

GSA has catalogued 2,601 announced 5G devices, up by more than 107 percent from 1,253 at the start of 2022. GSA has identified 1,362 announced 5G phones, up more than 123 percent from 610 at the start of 2022. There are at least 2,207 commercially available 5G devices, up more than 133 percent annually from 947.