The global Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) market size was estimated at USD 5,281.6 million in 2016. The global rise in the WMN market is contributed to use of artificial intelligence and IoT technology. The demand in this market is attributed to the increase in the usage of mobile and handset devices along with the rise in suitable technologies used in handsets.
The growth of the WMN market is also attributed to the development of smart cities and smart devices, with an emphasis on enhancing the mode of communication between government offices and municipalities. WMN is also used in smart street lighting infrastructure to control the density of lights for optimal usage. Other industrial sectors, such as oil & gas, chemicals, and mining also use wireless mesh network for improving communication facilities in remote locations.
U.S. Wireless Mesh Network market, by radio frequency, 2016 (%)
The segment has seen a rise in video surveillance application which is used by government agencies as a security solution that keeps a record of employees, records and buildings. The application benefits government in safe-guarding public from assassinations and terrorism. This is also used in monitoring traffic condition which is helpful in preventing accidents.
The widespread growth of WMN is largely influenced by the implementation at large events and public places. With the increasing adoption for 3G, 4G, and LTE technologies, the WMN market is expected to witness growth. The North American region has a large number of Wi-Fi/WLAN networks, as it is a region that is developing with the maximum amount of facilities at its disposal.
Radio Frequency Insights
The 2.4 GHz radio frequency band segment is estimated to reach USD 4,448.2 million by 2025. As the industrial, medical, and scientific instruments mostly operate in the radio frequency bands, it is expected to be the highest growing segment. Also, the 2.4 GHz segment covers long and small range antenna that is used to keep the system compact. The segment is expected to dominate the North American market as the region has the maximum number of innovations in the communications infrastructure.
5 GHz is estimated to be the fastest-growing radio frequency segment with a CAGR of 10.3% over the forecast period. As per the World Telecommunications Conference, the 5 GHz spectrum was allocated for unlicensed usage by developed countries. 5 GHz enables to fulfill the growing necessity for a higher speed of operating.
The WMN market is expected to witness growth in applications across the utilities and oil & gas sectors by providing a safe and secure system for operations. Moreover, governments in emerging economies have been taking initiatives such as smart metering that would replace electricity meters through the usage of mesh network.
The WMN market’s disaster management & rescue operation segment is expected to dominate the market by reaching USD 2,932.4 million by 2025. With the increasing proportion of climatic disasters due to rise in temperatures, rescue operations need to be improved with the aid of mesh networks. These networks are also used in military applications for enhancing communication between the team.
The video surveillance segment is the fastest-growing segment with an estimated CAGR of 10.1% over the forecast period as the segment is a human-friendly interface and thus is a preferred security solution over others. It also offers structural flexibility, improved coverage, and a high-speed short distance transmission capability.
The WMN market’s influence is significant in the Asia Pacific region as the region is considered to be an emerging economy. WMN finds applications in public safety, industrial automation and monitoring, mining automation, and environmental monitoring domains. These networks are implemented in commercial segments including malls, shopping centers, and hi-tech city parks, which are a part of the smart infrastructure development in this region.
U.S. Wireless Mesh Network market, by radio frequency, 2016 (%)
The smart cities and warehouse segment is expected to dominate the market by reaching USD 2,561.6 million in 2025. Mesh network is used in smart cities as their usage of technology and automation is high. It is used for security and safety purposes and smart metering applications in smart cities. The segment also controls traffic congestion situations in smart cities.
The oil & gas segment is expected to be the fastest growing end-use segment at a CAGR of 10.3% over the forecast period. The oil & gas segment sees the maximum usage of WMN as the oil & gas market is fluctuating and operators are innovating ways for optimizing production and minimizing costs, something that could be easily achieved with the help of flow meters that use wireless networking.
WMN is used in the government sector for improving the quality of communication and for improving the education sector through the adoption of technologies such as online courses, webinars, and others. Similarly, its application in the healthcare segment is gaining traction due to wireless mobility that gives quicker access to patient’s information at the healthcare facility.
Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing regional market at a CAGR of 14.0% over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the rapid adoption of smart cities development initiative taken up by the various government for the enhancement of operational efficiency and optimization of resources, as well as by the development of oil & gas industries in this region. With the increased trade activities and online trading services, the smart warehouses segment is expected to witness a boost in this region over the forecast period.
Prominent players of the market are Cisco Systems, Inc., Aruba Networks Inc., Ruckus Wireless, Inc., Strix Wireless Systems Private Ltd, Tropos Networks, Inc., and Synapse Wireless, Inc., among others.
Industry players are increasingly expanding their services in the government and defense sectors along with expanding their R&D facilities in unexplored regions for increasing their market share. For instance, in April 2017, Cisco Systems, Inc. inaugurated its cyber range lab in India, with a view to offer specialized technical training workshops to security force. It inculcates cyber defense techniques in security personnel to prevent cyber-attacks. Market participants are further emphasizing on collaborating with other players to expand and optimize their market share.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2014 - 2015
2017 - 2025
Revenue in USD Million, & CAGR from 2017 to 2025
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA
U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, India, Japan, China, Brazil
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
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Segments Covered in the Report
This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the WMN market on the basis of radio frequency, application, end use, and region:
Radio Frequency Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
Sub 1 GHz Band
2.4 GHz Band
4.9 GHz Band
5 GHz Band
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
Disaster Management and Rescue Operations
Medical Device Connectivity
End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
Oil & Gas
Transportation & Logistics
Smart Cities & Smart Warehouses
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)
Middle East & Africa (MEA)
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