The global mobile communication antenna market is expected to witness growth over the forecast period owing to rise in the number of mobile phone subscribers. This high bandwidth demand owing to growing number of subscribers has led to technological developments such as modulation, coding, and protocol. Further, proliferation of radio wave technology may result in improved range and multi-user connection to the mobile communication antenna. Innovation in metal and alloy technologies to build antenna is anticipated to drive the mobile communication antenna market. In addition, introduction of meta-materials technology into the wireless arena fulfills the need of modern communication systems and emerging applications such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system. The technology may witness high demand in the aviation and defense sectors.
The mobile communication antenna market has witnessed rise in data transmission rates and improved reliability, while reducing the transmission power. High signal strength helps in catering more customers, which may impel the market demand and profitability over the forecast period. Some methods for increasing the signal strength include use of repeater, cell splitting, and micro-cell zone sectorization. Technologies such as Fiber To The Antenna (FTTA) may reduce the signal to power loss ratio, while increasing signal strength without the use of amplifiers. Smart/adaptive antenna development may enhance the mobile system capabilities such as faster bit rates, multiuse interface, Space Division Multiplexing (SDMA), adaptive space-division multiplexing, increasing the range, and reduction of error due to multipath fading, thereby driving market demand. The telecom service market growth, 3G technology, smartphones proliferation, and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology are key factors that drive the mobile communication antenna market. The mobile communication antenna market directly traces the path of economic state of a region. The first demonstration of this correlation includes the recent economic recession, wherein the mobile communication antenna industry witnessed a downward trend. The mobile communication antenna products’ life cycle is expected to be low owing to continuous development of new technologies. The market is also expected to experience growth owing to high demand for installation and after-sales services. Increasing adoption of LTE technology due to its rapid data transfer capability against HSDPA+ provides avenues for market expansion. Surging demand across the telecommunication equipment market may also fuel market demand over the next seven years.
Continuous technological developments in the mobile industry are expected to pose a challenge to the market augmentation over the next few years. Factors such as wear and tear of antenna may hamper its performance, which may further pose a challenge to market growth over the forecast period. Increased coverage, lower power requirement or cost reduction, improved link quality & reliability, and increased spectral efficiency may benefit the mobile communication antenna technology.
The mobile communication antenna market is broadly classified into linear wire, aperture, array, microstrip, reflector, and lens antennas based on their geometrical shape and size. On the basis of effective direction, mobile communication antenna market is classified into directional and omnidirectional antennas.
The North American mobile communication antenna market is expected to witness growth owing to the rising Distributed Antenna System (DAS) demand due to increasing adoption of LTE technology and data traffic. The Asia Pacific market may exhibit high growth due to rapidly growing telecommunication markets and exploding data volume use. The Europe mobile communication antenna market is expected to witness slow growth due to uncertain economic conditions. The Middle East & Africa market may also witness a surge in demand owing to the high investment for state-of-the-art infrastructure in countries such as Saudi Arabia.
Major industry participants include Kathrein, Comba Telecom, Laird Technologies plc, Molex, and Wistron NeWeb Corp. Several key players focus on developing commercial variant of meta-material antenna to gain market share. The industry is highly competitive with key players focusing on investments in the smart antenna technology.
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