GSA Reports Strong Numbers for Private Mobile Networks Worldwide


The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) is a not-for-profit industry organization that represents suppliers in the worldwide mobile communications ecosystem. In the GSA, suppliers of test equipment, applications, semiconductors, IoT devices, mobile support services and infrastructure overall are spotlit well.

In GSA news, the association officially confirmed at the end of February that its data identified more than 1,000 organizations (1,077, specifically) across 74 countries that are now deploying LTE or 5G Private Mobile Networks (PMNs) in locations worldwide.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the full GSA report:

  • While manufacturing, education, and mining remained the top verticals, strong growth was also noted in device testing and lab-as-a-service (LaaS), as well as in public venues. IoT and IIoT developments have also benefitted manufacturers, smart agriculture, healthcare, etc.
  • Global data revealed a positive correlation between the total number of PMN references and countries with dedicated spectrum. (Primarily in the U.S., China, Germany, the U.K., and Japan.)
  • More than 64% of references included in the GSA’s GAMBOD (the GSA Analyzer for Mobile Broadband Data, i.e. a unique GSA search and analysis tool) were non-public and unique to the database as of 2022, demonstrating the real, rapid growth taking place.

Joe Barrett, President of the association, shared encouraging statements about the GSA’s PMN data report and its findings.

“First off, 2022 was a record year,” Barrett began. “It eclipsed previous years, in terms of new customers announced, up 122 customer references from the previous quarter’s 955. However, surpassing the 1,000 organizations milestone is only part of the story. It doesn’t represent the total number of network deployments, or indeed the massive revenue being generated by this exciting market.”

“In many cases,” Barrett continued, “2022 was a year of even more substantial growth as customers began to transition from single-site to multi-site and larger deployments, and vendors reporting winning significant multi-million dollar contracts.”

When faced with a potentially tough economic forecast for 2023, Barrett closed with confidence.

“Despite what early signs may suggest, we believe investment in PMN infrastructure will remain strong due to the cost efficiencies and the importance of modernizing and optimizing communications infrastructures of many critical public and private industries.”

With robust networks and reliable network connectivity being so vital for players in IoT and IIoT spaces, fast and widespread expansions bode well for what else 2023 may yet have in store.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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