The global microwave radio market size was USD 10,022 million in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected several markets globally. This market is expected to be negatively affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. As per our research, the market is expected to reach USD 23,182 million in 2025, exhibiting a CAGR of 15.0% during the forecast period. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to the market's growth and demand returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
The flow of information by electromagnetic radiation with frequencies in the microwave frequency range (1 m - 1 mm) is known as microwave transmission because microwave signals are generally confined to path transmission. Long-distance transmission using these signals necessitates a microwave relay, which consists of a series of repeaters. Microwave transmissions can be used in communications if tropospheric scatter is exploited. However, such systems are expensive and are rarely used in specialized tasks.
In recent years, new telecommunication technologies such as wireless connections and direct-broadcast transmitters have flourished in the utilization of the microwave spectrum, transmitting television and radio directly into consumers' homes. Larger row links are frequent for connecting mobile phone towers, but they are rarely arranged into long relay chains.
COVID-19 Impact: Supply Chain Disruption and Manufacturing Operations to Impede Market Progress
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on countries' economies all around the world. The pandemic had an impact on the production of microwave radio systems, subsystems, and components. Although the production of radios for military applications is critical, supply chain issues have temporarily stopped production. The adoption of reduced capacities and relaxations on import-export rules may resume manufacturing activity.
On the supply side, the COVID-19 outbreak had a minor influence on the microwave radio market. This effect is due to delays in order deliveries caused by large-scale supply chain disruptions in the impacted nations. By government safety requirements, some enterprises in non-hotspot countries have resumed partial operations. Production is slow due to a labor deficit and insufficient components from other suppliers and subsidiaries because funding for supplies had already been set aside before the outbreak, the market is expected to be slightly unaffected in terms of demand.
"Increasing Adoption of Advanced Communication Technologies to Foster Market Growth"
The range of both wireless and cellular technologies is expanding due to technological advancements in LTE advanced, 4G, and other new communication technology standards. This element is driving the demand for the radio equipment by increasing the penetration of microwave transmission solutions. In addition, as spectrum efficiency improves and demand for high-capacity cellular connectivity grows in the Middle East and Asia, the use of microwave transmission technology will expand in the future years. The mentioned considerations are predicted to aid the development of the microwave. Therefore, these factors are likely to foster the microwave radio market.
- By Type Analysis
By type, the market is segmented into hybrid microwave radio, packet microwave radio, and TDM microwave radio.
The packet microwave radio segment is predicted to increase its dominance in the microwave communication systems market. Packet radios can send data over a wide range of bandwidths, which improves overall data transmission performance. They also employ sophisticated packet compression algorithms to reduce packet or frame overheads in a full packet-based context, this aids in improving spectral efficiency. These factors are likely to boost the LED thermal products' market progress.
- By Application Analysis
Based on applications, the market is classified into communication, power utilities, and others.
The communication segment is expected to hold the largest market share. Microwave devices are most widely used in satellite communications, radar signals, phones, and maritime applications are expected to facilitate industry progress.
"Rising Application in Military Communication to Foster Market Growth"
Microwave devices use microwave links to offer point-to-point communication, allowing the end-user to receive the most information rapidly and securely. Therefore, microwave lines are used by the army, NASA, and various other national security organizations to transfer classified information within the organization. It also provides strong communication security, which is beneficial for a variety of military communication applications. The growing emphasis on military satellite launches to strengthen military communication networks is driving the microwave radio market growth in developed and emerging countries.
"Increasing Popularity of Satellite Communication to Boost Market Growth"
The rising demand for quick and transparent communication has increased all around the globe. It is applicable for user communication and satellite and deep-space radio communications, where considerable investments are being made to gather data about the globe and beyond it. The rising need for efficient communication services that benefit both individuals and businesses globally. The scope of study in space science, emergency management, and the importance of satellite communication for airways and connected devices develop the microwave point-to-point radio demand. Satellite communication is critical to a country's socio-economic progress. The governments of India, the U.S., and others are investing heavily in satellite communication.
"High Installation Costs and Lack of Awareness Regarding the Climatic Conditions to Impede Market Progress"
A digital microwave system can be affected by signal fading, precipitation, and multi-path interference. Due to the greater message length required by encryption for security, there may be significant latency in signal transmission. One of the challenges that mobile network operators encounter when installing the microwave system is network maintenance in unexpected climatic circumstances.
"Increased Cellular Infrastructure to Propel Market Progress in Asia Pacific"
Regionally, the market is clubbed into North America, East Asia, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, South America.
The Asia Pacific is projected to dominate the microwave radio market share. The market in the region is expected to develop at the fastest rate. The demand is likely to be driven by increased cellular infrastructure development, expanding network coverage, and increased high bandwidth-intensive applications, all of which are important parts of the cellular sector.
Network operators in this region's growing countries, such as India, China, the Philippines, and Thailand, are updating their core networks and implementing microwave transmission networks to deliver advanced 3G, 4G, and 5G services. In addition, network providers in Singapore will transition from 2G to 3G, 4G, or 5G resulting in increased demand for packet and hybrid microwave radios.
North America is expected to hold the second-largest market share because of the high emphasis on communication and technology, with the military and defense sectors accounting for most spending in the U.S. The adoption of technology, well-established industrial infrastructure, and healthcare spending in the region is increasing due to the presence of the geriatric population, which necessitates and demands cost-effective medical facilities, driving up demand for the microwave radio market.
KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS
"Key Players Focus on Partnership to Strengthen their Market Position"
Due to the existence of global competitors, the market is highly competitive. Primary interviews with industry players and commentators were also conducted to validate data and acquire deeper analytical insights into the topic. This process includes industry experts such as vice presidents, business development managers, market intelligence managers, national sales managers, and external consultants specializing in the market, such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders. Government spending on defense and space communication is likely to offer new prospects for microwave devices globally, resulting in increased competition among competitors. Product releases, significant R&D spending, partnerships and acquisitions, and other growth tactics are used by these companies to keep up with the fierce competition in the microwave radio industry.
List of Market Players Profiled
- Alcatel Lucent
- Huawei Technologies
- Nera Telecommunications
- Omega Integration
- Aviat Networks
- May 2019: API Technologies Corp was acquired by a subsidiary of AEA Investors LP. This acquisition would broaden the AEA investors' product portfolio and customer base in high-performance RF and microwave signal conditioning and electromagnetic spectrum management solutions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What CAGR is the market expected to exhibit during the forecast period?
Based on our research, the microwave radio market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.0% during the forecast period.
Which are the driving factors of the market?
Rising application in military communication and increasing popularity of point-to-point communication are the factors driving the market.
What are the leading segments of the market?
By type, packet microwave is the leading segment as it improves data transmission performance. By application, the communication segment is leading the market due to the wide application in satellite communication.
Which are the top companies operating in the market?
Alcatel Lucent, ZTE, Dragonwave, NEC, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Nera Telecommunications, Kapsch, Omega Integration, Aviat Networks are the top companies operating in the market.