The global millimeter wave equipment market is anticipated to witness a surge in demand owing to increasing use of wireless equipment worldwide. Further, reducing prices of millimeter wave equipment is anticipated to contribute to market growth. Millimeter waves help reduce antenna problems. Additionally, increasing use of millimeter waves for satellite communication may drive market growth. Millimeter waves allow operators to configure close proximity links with reduced interference. Growing use of millimeter-wave equipment in mobile backhaul may drive market growth. Increasing use of millimeter waves in secure short distance communication such as in LAN is anticipated to favor market growth. Growing need for an additional spectrum may drive the market.
Regions of electromagnetic spectrum occupied by millimeter waves usually consist of a spectrum from 30 GHz to 300 GHz. The millimeter wave band has wavelengths between 1mm to 1m. These waves are longer than infrared or x-rays, but shorter than radio waves. Millimeter waves are generally used for short-distance communication. Millimeter waves offer benefits such as increased bandwidth, enhanced directivity from the antenna, and improved resolution. Millimeter-wave equipment is reducing in size and weight and is increasingly being deployed in systems such as military radar, inter-satellite links, and collision avoidance systems. Millimeter waves owing to smaller wavelengths and antennas are able to achieve tight bandwidths. These waves further reduce complexities in frequency reuse, network design, and interference management.
However, the characteristics of earth’s atmosphere may pose a challenge to millimeter-wave applications. For instance, at 60 GHz, oxygen molecules interact with the wave’s electromagnetic radiation and absorb energy. Therefore, 60 GHz is not a good frequency for long-range use. Further, millimeter waves travel by line of sight and are blocked by buildings and other structures. Increasing limitations in propagation distance may hinder the millimeter wave equipment market. Additionally, the frequencies in the millimeter-wave band are susceptible to rain, snow, and fog.
Millimeter-wave equipment is widely used across the mobile & telecom sector, commercial sector& consumer sector, and the industrial sector. Millimeter-wave components include antennas & transceiver, interface components, frequency sources & components, imaging components, and communication & networking components.
Asia Pacific countries such as India and China are anticipated to contribute to the millimeter-wave equipment market owing to surging demand for wireless devices. North America and Europe may significantly contribute to market growth over the forecast period.
Key players in the millimeter-wave equipment market include NEC Corp, Alcatel-Lucent, LOEA Corp, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks LLC, Huawei Technology Co. Ltd., E-Band Communications, GigaBeam Corp, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. SiBEAM Inc., Microsemi corp., LightPointe Communications Inc., BridgeWave Communications Inc., Siklu Inc., and Proxim Corp. In February 2015, Siklu announced that its millimeter-wave radio equipment would be integrated into Alcatel-Lucent small cells microwave backhaul portfolio. Radio equipment operating at 60 and 80GHz band would be integrated into Alcatel-Lucent’s 9500 MPR range of devices. The equipment will support millimeter waves and provide for high-capacity short-range small cell backhauls in extremely dense areas. Further, these are suitable for fast outdoor and small cell deployments owing to compact form factor low power consumption, integrated antenna and support for lightly licensed/unlicensed bands, and ease of deployment.
In May 2015, SiBEAM Inc. announced the launch of UltraGig design. The design has been integrated into Le Max Smartphone and may offer 60GHz wireless millimeter-wave equipment technology. This design is anticipated to set a new benchmark for low power millimeter wave designs in mobile devices. SiBEAMS technology is anticipated to enhance Letv’s film, gaming service, and television experience for mobile consumers. In May 2015, Microsemi Corp. launched 13 new products based on RF, microwave and millimeter-wave equipment technologies. These products cater to various sectors such as defense, instrumentation, communications, aerospace, and industrial markets. In June 2015, Fujitsu laboratories announced the achievement of multiple access multiplexing millimeter-wave beams as a move towards 5G communication systems. This technology enables simultaneous high capacity communication for multiple users and also reduces communication speed. This technology operating in the 60 GHz millimeter wave band reduces radio waves generated outside of targeted direction using array antennas to one-fifth of the conventional amount.
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