5G Devices Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

5G Devices Market is Segmented by Form Factor (Modules, CPE (Indoor/Outdoor), Smartphone, Hotspots, Laptops, Industrial Grade CPE/Router/Gateway), Spectrum Support (Sub-6 GHz, mmWave, Both Spectrum Bands), and Geography.

5G Devices Industry Overview

Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 77.87 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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5G Devices Market Analysis

The 5G devices market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 77.87% during the forecast period. 5G technology will offer ultra-high speed network coverage and enable numerous new applications with the help of IoT. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a delayed widespread deployment of 5G.

  • According to the 2021 Ericsson mobility report, the 5G shipments in 2021 nearly doubled compared to 2020, across the count of 615 million. The report highlighted geopolitics, COVID-19 restraints in China, and supply chain constraints as hurdles for 5G expansion in 2022.
  • The growing adoption of connectivity, digital applications, and wearable technology is expected to drive growth for players in the 5G devices market. Moreover, upgrading existing supporting infrastructure, including modems, towers, and other supporting infrastructure, will present significant opportunities for new players. The 5G devices market's growth is expected to drive significant opportunities as the adoption of 5G technology has received positive signals in several local markets worldwide.
  • Major chip makers also focus on 5G device component development to boost device penetration in the market. This includes chipset vendors competing in volume-driven markets as they introduce more models for mass deployments. In May 2022, MediaTek launched Dimensity 1050 mmWave SoC, and related models, to highlight 5G connectivity in devices.
  • Also, emerging applications, business models, and falling device costs have driven IoT adoption, increasing the number of connected devices and endpoints globally. 5G offers massive machine-type communication (mMTC), poised to support tens of billions of network-enabled devices to be wirelessly connected. Modern communication systems already serve several MTC applications. However, the characteristic properties of mMTC, i.e., the massive number of devices and the tiny payload sizes, require novel concepts and approaches. 5G allows a density of approximately one million devices per square kilometer.
  • However, the global operation and installation of the supportive infrastructure continue to be a significant hurdle in many areas. For instance, in September 2022, the international standardization body, 3GPP, updated the next release of the 5G specification, Release 17, for the second half of 2022. The release was frozen in March 2022 due to the pandemic and other reasons. Such delays create subsequent delays in companies' supply chains and other operational activities.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic's immediate effects have been felt in every industry, causing widespread layoffs, record unemployment, and severely curtailing consumer spending. The spread of COVID-19 resulted in a significant supply chain disruption impeding the 5G buildout process in the short & medium term. The major 5G hardware delays and general effects of the economic slowdown thus apply.

5G Devices Industry Segments

The study tracks the current market scenario and competitive landscape for the various 5G devices considered as part of the scope, such as modules, smartphones, hotspots, laptops, etc. The key categories, segments, enablers, and market influencers in each category are analyzed in detail regarding their role in the overall market landscape. 

The study also focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on the market ecosystem. In the report scope, the existing technology provider landscape is also covered, which consists of major players operating in the market.

5G Devices Market is Segmented by Form Factor (Modules, CPE (Indoor/Outdoor), Smartphone, Hotspots, Laptops, Industrial Grade CPE/Router/Gateway), Spectrum Support (Sub-6 GHz, mmWave, Both Spectrum Bands), and Geography.

Form Factor
CPE (Indoor/Outdoor)
Industrial Grade CPE/Router/Gateway
Other Form Factors
Spectrum Support
Sub-6 GHz
Both Spectrum Bands
North America
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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5G Devices Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the 5G Devices Market according to our research experts:

Smartphone Segment is Expected to Witness the Highest Growth

  • According to the Ericsson Mobility Report 2021, around 650 new 5G smartphones have been launched globally, accounting for 50% of all the 5G from all form factors. The handheld wireless form factor and convenience of 5G access offered by smartphones are nearly unmatched. As several parts of the world have already begun rolling out 5G, some untouched regions are preparing to receive 5G-enabled smartphone launches to leverage the upcoming 5G launch.
  • The increasing technological advancements and growing demand for ultra-high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, and massive connectivity are expected to offer growth opportunities to the market. Moreover, the rising demand for high-speed data connectivity for integrated IoT (Internet of Things) applications, such as energy management, and smart home products, is anticipated to propel the adoption of 5G smartphones over the forecast period.
  • Several smartphone manufacturers adapt and plan strategic launches according to the local market responses to compete in the highly competitive landscapes. In August 2022, Samsung shared plans to launch more smartphones in the Indian market after recording sales of INR 600 crore in less than 12 hours for its new generation 5G-enabled foldable devices. The company would launch the devices ahead of the 5G roll-out in India in 2022.
  • Further, the market players focus on providing customers with a high-end 5G smartphone experience. For instance, in May 2022, Qualcomm launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, with clock speeds up to 3.2 GHz for major implementation in smartphones. The processor features the fourth-generation Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, bringing 5G speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
  • Such developments attract buyers to upgrade their non-5G smartphone to get the latest and fastest, all-round experience in their smartphone, driving the 5G smartphone market.
5G Devices Market

North America Expected to Hold a Significant Share

  • Service providers in the region have already launched commercial 5G services focused on mobile broadband. The introduction of 5G devices that support all three spectrum bands will enable early adoption of the technology in the region. As of now, 5G services are integrated with 4G services or with hand-off from 5G to 4G when a customer moves from an area where 5G service is available to one where it is not.
  • According to the Ericson Mobility Report 2021, around 64 million 5G subscriptions were added in 2021, as migration from 4G to 5G subscriptions picked up significantly. The number of 5G subscriptions is expected to reach 250 million at the end of 2023 and 400 million by 2027, accounting for 90 percent of mobile subscriptions.
  • Similarly, the report also mentioned North America registering the strongest increase in the number of fixed wireless access (FWA), with about 60% of all service providers surveyed offering FWA. Such regional launches boost the infrastructural support for the 5G roll-out, reaching maximum areas in North America for new users.
  • Multiple product launches have enabled 5G connectivity across the region recently. In September 2022, Nokia announced extending its Industrial portfolio of the user equipment to facilitate private wireless network connectivity in North America. Its new Nokia 5G Industrial fieldrouter and dongle, radio access spectrum capabilities, and Nokia Connectivity Operations Dashboard would provide more options for deploying and managing secure, reliable private 4G/LTE and 5G wireless. The Nokia 5G fieldrouter and 5G dongle could be deployed in Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 GHz spectrum in the US and Canada.
5G Devices Market

5G Devices Market Competitor Analysis

The 5G devices market is moderately competitive and consists of many global and regional players. These players account for a considerable market share and focus on expanding their customer base. The vendors focus on the research and development investment in introducing new solutions, strategic partnerships, and other organic & inorganic growth strategies to earn a competitive edge over their counterparts.

  • September 2022 - HMD Global launched the new Nokia X30 5G smartphone and a few more Nokia products at IFA 2022 in Berlin, Germany, featuring around eleven 5G bands.
  • August 2022 - Bharti Airtel (Airtel) announced signing 5G network agreements with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung to commence 5G deployment in August 2022. The partnership with Samsung to supply 5G equipment and solutions would begin in 2022, along with the older partners, Nokia and Ericsson. The 5G partnerships would follow closely on the edge of spectrum auctions conducted by the Department of Telecom in India, where Airtel bid for and acquired 19867.8 MHZ spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz frequencies.

5G Devices Market Top Players

  1. ZTE Corporation

  2. Nokia Corporation

  3. Cisco Systems Inc

  4. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

  5. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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5G Devices Market Recent Developments

  • September 2022 - Nokia and Telia Finland announced the launching of one of the first commercial 5G standalone (SA) networks with network slicing for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services. Telia would introduce 5G SA to its 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) home broadband services and be able to start offering a range of broadband deals with guaranteed service levels to its customers in Finland. The solutions would enable Telia to build on its existing position, delivering enhanced connectivity and capacity benefits to its customers through ongoing deployment.
  • September 2022 - ZTE Corporation and the Fujian Branch of China Mobile jointly launched the first trial of the 5G industrial comprehensive emulator and analyzer product in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, to use 5G for the digital transformation of the industry verticals.
  • July 2022 - Samsung launched the Galaxy M13 5G, one of India's cheapest 5G smartphones. The company launched the phone in two variants: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, priced at INR 13,999 and INR 15,999, respectively. The smartphones supported 11 5G bands in India.

5G Devices Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Impact of COVID-19 on the 5G Landscape

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Sustained Increase in Number of Devices and Endpoints Worldwide

      2. 4.3.2 Technological Innovations at a Component and Device Level to Aid Adoption

      3. 4.3.3 Key Benefits Offered by 5G Over Its Predecessors

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Regulatory and Standardization Delays

      2. 4.4.2 Design and Operational Challenges

    5. 4.5 Market Opportunities

      1. 4.5.1 Anticipated Rise in Demand from the Industrial Sector

      2. 4.5.2 Ongoing Efforts toward Introduction of 5G in Emerging Countries

    6. 4.6 Porters Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    7. 4.7 5G Timeline and proliferation 5G enabled devices

    8. 4.8 5G and Beyond - The Path Ahead

    9. 4.9 Key Industry Regulations and Policies



    1. 6.1 Number of Operators Worldwide - Breakdown by Trials and Commercial Launches (Q2'18 - Q1'20)

    2. 6.2 Country-level coverage on 5G Adoption - Investment and Commercialization Trends

    3. 6.3 Total Cell-site Backhaul, Macro, and Small Cell-site Backhaul Usage - In Percentage (Microwave, Satellite, Sub-6 GHz)

    4. 6.4 Market Outlook


    1. 7.1 Form Factor

      1. 7.1.1 Modules

      2. 7.1.2 CPE (Indoor/Outdoor)

      3. 7.1.3 Smartphone

      4. 7.1.4 Hotspots

      5. 7.1.5 Laptops

      6. 7.1.6 Industrial Grade CPE/Router/Gateway

      7. 7.1.7 Other Form Factors

    2. 7.2 Spectrum Support

      1. 7.2.1 Sub-6 GHz

      2. 7.2.2 mmWave

      3. 7.2.3 Both Spectrum Bands

    3. 7.3 Geography

      1. 7.3.1 North America

      2. 7.3.2 Europe

      3. 7.3.3 Asia Pacific

      4. 7.3.4 Latin America

      5. 7.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 8.1 Company Profiles

      1. 8.1.1 ZTE Corporation

      2. 8.1.2 Cisco Systems Inc

      3. 8.1.3 Nokia Corporation

      4. 8.1.4 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

      5. 8.1.5 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

      6. 8.1.6 Xiaomi Corporation

      7. 8.1.7 Motorola Mobility LLC (Lenovo Group Limited)

      8. 8.1.8 BBK Electronics Corporation

      9. 8.1.9 Keysight Technologies Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


**Subject to Availability
**Quantitative Analysis Subject to Availability
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5G Devices Market Research FAQs

The 5G Devices Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The 5G Devices Market is growing at a CAGR of 77.87% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

ZTE Corporation, Nokia Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd are the major companies operating in 5G Devices Market.

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