Smart antenna system is a rapidly developing area of communications. In mobile communications, smart antennas enhance mobile and cellular systems with fast bit rates, multi-user interference, space division multiplexing (SDMA), an increase in range and multipath mitigation and reduce errors due to multipath fading while ensuring exceptionally high security.
Need for Smart Antennas
The global smart antenna market has been segmented on the basis of type, technology, and application. On the basis of type, the market has been segmented into switched multibeam antenna and adaptive array antenna. On the basis of technology, the market has been segmented into MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output), MISO (Multiple Input Single Output), and SIMO (Single Input Multiple Output). On the basis of application, the market has been segmented into handheld tools, mobile device tools, and PC/laptop-based tools.
Based on technology, the MIMO segment is expected to account for a prominent market share, due to higher spectral efficiency and link reliability or diversity. Further, based on the type of antenna, the adaptive array antenna segment is anticipated to account for a relatively large market share. In the coming years, the switched multibeam antenna segment is estimated to register the most significant growth.
The global smart antenna market, on the basis of region, has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).
North America dominates the global smart antenna services market due to the presence of technologically-advanced infrastructure, early adoption of smart antenna-enabled smartphones and the large customer base in developed countries such as the U.S and Canada.
In Europe, the U.K. and Germany account for major market shares, backed by supportive government initiatives for the expansion of smart technology related to various wireless communication systems.
Asia Pacific is pegged to be the fastest growing market for smart antenna services, driven by the large smartphone user base and rapid technological development rate across developing countries such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea.
Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA) has been registering strong market growth and is expected to retain this momentum during the forecast period.
Some of the key players operating in the smart antenna market include Cobham Antenna Systems, Intel Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., ArrayComm LLC, Alcatel-Lucent International Holdings Inc., Motorola Solutions Inc., Broadcom Corp, California Amplifier Inc., Accel Networks LLC, and Jiashan Jinchang Electronics Co., Ltd. These players seek to identify evolving needs in developing countries and appropriately expand their strategies to improve business needs.
The use of latest easy-to-use systems has been on the rise; for instance, in April 2018, Leica Geosystems announced its latest GNSS technology-based ‘Leica iCON gps 70 T’ smart antenna for the construction sector. In April 2018, a professor of electrical engineering from Utah State University received USD 0.75 million for further development in antenna technology, which could revolutionize the mobile communications industry.
Smart Antenna Market Segmentation