Europe In-building Wireless Market size exceeded USD 2 billion in 2019 and is estimated to witness over 5% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Supportive government initiatives for the rapid deployment of 5G network across the region will boost the market expansion.
The European in-building wireless industry growth is attributed to the rising popularity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend across the enterprises. In the present pandemic situation, companies are adopting BYOD and work from home policies. In response to health safety concerns, enterprises instructed their employees to work on their own devices from home. The companies with extensive IT infrastructure are expected to adopt in-building wireless solutions to manage the security and ensure seamless wireless connectivity.
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The small cell segment is predicted to register a growth of over 10% during the forecast period due to growing adoption of IoT technology in Europe. Small cells are low power range mobile base stations that provide cellular coverage to lowly populated areas. Small cells can be installed in different existing infrastructures such as bus stops, information kiosks, billboards, street manholes, and lamp posts. The telecom operators deploy different small cells depending on population density and geographical irregularities, such as mountain ranges and buildings, that may interfere with transmitting signals.
The urban deployment segment dominated around 75% market share in 2019. The urban areas consist of stadiums, urban streets, airports, railway stations, and entertainment centers. In urban areas, individuals are densely concentrated and use data services more extensively. Mobile operators face challenges to identify and correct capacity shortfalls in these high traffic areas. The need for effective management of expected traffic offloads and increased network capacity in these areas is enabling telecom operators to deploy in-building wireless solutions.
The commercial end-user segment held the highest market share in 2020 owing to the emphasis on enhanced wireless infrastructure across commercial indoor environments. The rising demand to improve wireless network connectivity across commercial places, such as office buildings, hotels, and shopping malls, is supporting the market growth. Commercial facility owners are emphasizing on improving in-building wireless connectivity across their facilities to increase real-estate value. In-building wireless solutions help commercial facility owners to improve their network coverage inside commercial facilities.
The UK in-building wireless market is anticipated to generate revenue of over USD 750 million by 2026 on account of the well-established telecom sector in the country. The UK telecom market is one of the largest in Europe, which contributes 4%-5% of the UK’s GDP growth. The telecom operators in the country are involved in maintaining, operating, and providing access to facilities for the transmission of data, voice, text, and video using wireless telecommunications infrastructure. The mobile sector is also one of the largest in Europe, in terms of the increasing number of subscribers. As the country has developed 5G segments, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are increasing their footprints after the launch of 5G-enabled services progressively since 2019.
The major players operating in the market are focusing on new product development through strategic partnerships with other telecom service providers. For instance, in July 2020, Accelleran NV teamed up with Lindsay Broadband to deliver a one-box solution comprising an LTE small cell operating in the 3.5 GHz band. This partnership helped in the deployment of small cells in enterprise, suburban, and public urban scenarios.
Some of the leading companies include Accelleran NV, Bird Technologies Group, Bravo Tech, Inc. (Juniper Networks Inc.), Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd., CommScope, Inc., Corning Incorporated, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Fujitsu Limited, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., NEC Corporation, Nokia Corporation, and Samsung Group.