Use this report to: - Analyze regulatory and standardization issues that impact the software-defined radio (SDR) market. - Receive market sizes for cellular SDR base station infrastructure, cellular SDR handsets and military SDR tactical radios and infrastructure. - Classify the market size for both SDR and cognitive radio by geographic region. - Gain insight into the roles played by major stakeholders and players.
Highlights - The global software defined radio market was valued at $41.9 billion in 2013 and $47.7 billion in 2014. The market is expected to reach $56.3 billion by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4% from 2014 through 2019. - The commercial (macro-cell and small-cell) market segment saw revenue of $33.9 billion in 2014. Revenue should reach $35.5 billion by 2019, rising at a CAGR of 0.9% from 2014 to 2019. - The civilian/public safety segment reached $3.0 billion in 2014 and should reach $4.8 billion by 2019, a CAGR of 9.9% from 2014 to 2019.
Introduction & Scope
EVOLUTION OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS Over the last 20 years, significant changes have taken place in the wireless communications industry due to developments in digital electronics and developments in radio communications systems themselves. In the past, analog circuits constituted most of the wireless transceiver. Nowadays, analog hardwired components are gradually being replaced by digital components as a result of developments in processor technology. Key reasons for using digital electronics in radio communication systems are the well-known benefits of digital transmission, such as immunity to noise. Also, a significant amount of the radio transceiver functionality can be implemented in software, allowing for modern features to be rapidly implemented without the need to change the hardware. Such radios are commonly known as software-defined radios (SDRs).
These changes have impacted radios across all industries. In the commercial space, cellular communication standards have rapidly evolved from global system for mobile communications (GSM) to long-term evolution (LTE). The LTE system is capable of high download and upload speeds, enabling operators to provide consumers with various bandwidth intensive services. New standards that enable even higher data rates such as LTE-advanced are about to be deployed. These developments are all reliant on recent advances in electronics.
The capabilities of military communication systems have dramatically improved over the last few years. These changes are driven by technical advances in communications technology and electronics, as well as by the growing importance of advanced wireless communication systems on the battlefield. Public safety organizations are also recognizing the significance of utilizing systems with advanced wireless communications capabilities. Equipment with enhanced capabilities has been recently developed. Cognitive radios are an evolution of software-defined radios. They implement baseband processing functions in software and use agile radio frequency (RF) front ends that can operate across a wide range of frequencies. This report forecasts the market size for SDRs and cognitive radios in the commercial, military and public safety segments.
Definitions include: - The term radio refers to technology for wirelessly transmitting or receiving electromagnetic radiation to facilitate transfer of information. - The term software is defined as the use of software processing within the radio to implement key functions. - In this context, software is a set of instructions that can be modified. These instructions run on a processor within the radio device. This includes firmware that can also run on a processor. - The term software-defined radio is defined as a radio in which some or all physical layer functions are software defined.
The focus of this report is on software-defined radio and one of its key applications, cognitive radio. Software-defined radio is considered an important part of the wireless communications technology evolution. It finds applications in many different domains, including the satellite, transportation, commercial, government and public safety, and military industry segments. The military and public safety domains are driven by the fact that software-defined radios offer military and public safety communication systems a much higher degree of flexibility and upgradeability. With the use of SDRs, military and public safety communication systems no longer need to rely on hardware changes to implement a more sophisticated feature.
Interest from the civilian and military sectors is growing. An increasing number of armies and public safety organizations throughout the world use software-based radio solutions to meet their communications requirements. Commercial interest in software-defined radio is also on the rise. This is attributed to the fact that software-defined radio enables mobile operators to rapidly upgrade their equipment to support new standards. This report forecasts the market size of SDR-enabled infrastructure in the commercial, military and homeland security domains. Forecasts for cognitive radio infrastructure are also provided. Software-defined radio also finds applications in other market segments, but these are beyond the scope of this report.
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES This study’s goals and objectives include: - Forecasting the market size for cellular SDR base station infrastructure. - Forecasting the market size for cellular SDR handsets. - Forecasting the market size for military SDR tactical radios and infrastructure. - Forecasting the market size for public safety and homeland security SDR radios and infrastructure. - Forecasting the market size of cognitive radios and infrastructure in the commercial segment. - Forecasting the market size of cognitive radios and infrastructure in the military segment. - Analyzing the market drivers of cognitive radios in the civilian segment. - Classifying the market size for both SDR and cognitive radio by geographic region. - Tracing the evolution of both software-defined radio and cognitive radio. - Highlighting the roles played by major stakeholders and players. - Providing an overview of the activities of influential companies. - Examining crucial innovation breakthroughs through a detailed patent analysis.
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY Software-defined radio enables technology that is used in radio communication systems. In SDR-enabled systems, key components of a radio that have traditionally been implemented in hardware are implemented in software. It has been an active research topic since the early 1990s, and the military has been at the forefront of this research. SDR has recently experienced significant growth across various market sectors. A key market driver is the fact that software-defined radios enable different military units to communicate regardless of the frequency band or waveform that each different unit employs for its communication requirements. Interoperability is enabled because SDRs are more flexible and customizable than their hardware counterparts. Nowadays, more tactical radios are embedded with SDRs.
SDRs are being used in public safety communications systems. A growing number of global public safety organizations plan on using SDR-based solutions to meet their communications needs. Interoperability is again a major driver in this sector. In the cellular world, the market drivers for using SDRs tend to differ. There are fewer existing waveforms than military waveforms, and these waveforms are less spectrally diverse. In addition, commercial mobile operators are generally resistant to change. Moreover, there is uncertainty with regard to the actual cost associated with deploying a complete software-defined radio solution currently available in the market. Most current cellular base stations, however, meet the wireless innovation forum’s SDR definition. They implement some or all of the baseband functionality in software.
Software-defined radio is a key enabling technology of cognitive radio. Cognitive radio is a sophisticated and advanced radio that can sense its environment and adapt to changes accordingly. This report investigates the impact cognitive radio will have on each of the markets considered in this report. BCC Research forecasts that within the next five years, the software-defined radio market will grow in the commercial, government and public safety, and military industries. It is extremely interesting to explore the prospects of military, government and commercial software-defined radio products that have the potential to revolutionize radio design. The recent hype concerning cognitive radio has made the prospects of this technology also interesting to explore. BCC Research forecasts that the cognitive radio market will also grow, but that it will still be a small market in five years time.
SCOPE OF THE REPORT This report presents the forecasts for the software-defined radio and cognitive radio markets for 2014 through 2019 on a volume and value basis. SDR is an enabling technology that can be used by various market segments. As SDR finds applications in multiple market segments, it is impossible to cover them all in this report. Indicatively, SDR finds applications in the military and defense, public safety and government (e.g., police, fire), and cellular communications industry sectors. Applications of SDR technology can be found in various other market segments. In fact, SDRs have the potential for impressive growth in some of these industries. Industrial applications for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) are one such market.
This report covers the following industrial segments: - Commercial. - Military. - Government and public safety.
As SDRs comprise an enabling technology as opposed to a market in itself, there are certain markets within these segments that are measured in this report. - For the commercial market, the focus is on the cellular base station and handset market. - For the military communications market, all airborne, naval and ground force tactical radios are considered. - For the civilian communications segment, the focus is on the public safety and homeland security market.
The geographic scope of this report is the global market. The following regions are considered: - North America. - Europe. - Middle East. - Asia-Pacific (APAC). - Rest of the world.
The cognitive radio market is also examined. Forecasts are provided for radio infrastructure for 2014 through 2019 on a value basis. Again, all industries are considered. The Executive Summary chapter presents global sales revenues for software-defined radios in the civilian market and base station forecasts for the commercial market. The Overview chapter presents a description of the industry, the products, applications and technology. The Software-Defined Radio in the Military and Civilian Market Segment chapter builds the case for SDR in the military and civilian market segments. In addition, technical barriers toward achieving ideal software-defined radio are analyzed, as are other technical details that relate to the technology. The Software-Defined Radio in the Cellular Communications Market Segment chapter builds the case for SDR in the cellular communications market segment. The market drivers are discussed, as are technical issues specific to SDR when applied to the cellular communications market.
The Cognitive Radio Put into Context chapter builds the case for cognitive radio in the military, civilian and commercial markets. Market drivers specific to each area are analyzed, as are technical issues relating to the technology. The Stakeholder Classification and Analysis chapter classifies the major stakeholders and analyzes the initiatives of major representative companies and institutions. The U.S. Patent Analysis chapter covers innovative activities that impact both software-defined radio and cognitive radio. Patents are classified based on end-use applications and design aspects of SDRs and cognitive radios. They are also broken down based on timing, assignee countries and assignee organizations.
INTENDED AUDIENCE This study provides a granular analysis of the market for software-defined radios and cognitive radios by: - Identifying the major software-defined radio and cognitive radio market segments. - Breaking down software-defined radio and cognitive radio sales revenues by market segment and geographic region. - Breaking down commercial sales of base stations by their levels of flexibility and by region.
This report will be valuable to many industry participants, including: - Telecom equipment original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). - Waveform developers. - Defense industry contractors.
- SDR platform providers. - Integrators (integrating waveforms with the SDR platforms). - Manufacturers of SDR-enabled terminals. - Chipset providers. - Mobile and cellular operators. - Wireless Internet service providers. - Companies specializing in cognitive radio. - Financial institutions.
METHODOLOGY Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this report. BCC Research presents an analysis across the global market for software-defined radio-enabled network infrastructure and cognitive radio on reported revenue dollars. It also analyzes data gathered from various research sources via the Internet. Interviews were conducted with well-placed industry sources.
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