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Market Trends:
5G mmWave Stalls in Smartphones
Until now the use of 5G mmWave in Smartphones has been limited... So what is about to change?

From the latest market trends, the adoption of 5G mmWave in smartphones has been slower than expected. So are the challenges of mmWave being addressed?


​The latest market trends from Gartner highlight the essential findings and explain the important steps that technology and service providers should consider.  

The Gartner reports sites three main findings:


  1. The adoption of mmWave has been slower than expected in smartphones due to a combination of high costs and technical challenges. Gartner estimated that on average, adding mmWave support adds approximately $20 to the cost of a smartphone.

  2. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the restrictions in large gatherings have limited the ability to use these areas as powerful use cases.

  3. Even though mmWave remains critical technology for the evolution of 5G the slow adoption will delay reductions in component costs.

In their own words:

"By 2024, 24% of total 5G smartphones will support mmWave spectrum, up from 10% in 2020"

Source: Gartner, Market Trends: 5G mmWave Stalls in Smartphones, 23 October 2020, Jon Erensen and Bill Ray.

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