Europe WiGig Market - Growth, Trends, Forecasts (2020 - 2025)
The Europe WiGig Market is Segmented By Product (Display Devices, Network Infrastructure Devices), Application (Gaming and Multimedia, Networking), and Country.
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The European WiGig Market is expected to reach a CAGR of 21.1% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025). Due to the advent of Internet-of-Things (IoT) and machine type communication (MTC), exponential growth in wireless traffic is expected in the near future. This would mean an increase in current bandwidth assuming the same spectrum efficiency. For instance, the industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) RF band in the 5.4 GHz region is approximately 500 MHz, and this is mainly used by wireless fidelity (WiFi). This bandwidth is already getting saturated, which is one of the driving forces of WiGig.
When it comes to smart city, 60GHz V-Bands systems are used extensively for connecting video security cameras where an Ethernet or fiber connection may not be available. The projects for smart City also use public WiFi, where the access points deliver 1.4 Gbps or higher speeds. These access points require a gigabit connection, which can be supported by only WiGig.
Many countries in Europe and across the world have assigned 7GHz or more of spectrum in the 60GHz band, and this is either unlicensed (like Wi-Fi at 2.4GHz today) or lightly licensed. For example, in the United Kingdom and the United States, the 57-64GHz band is license exempt. The 64-66GHz band is lightly licensed in the United Kingdom, meaning that the users should notify the regulator where and when they use the frequency, although there is no fee for using it
However, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has not only affected the country’s manufacturing industries but also service enterprises, including WiGig vendors. However, the government is motivating European telecom and technology companies to continue their development, to revive the country’s economy affected by COVID-19.
In Italy, the European country that is most affected by coronavirus, more people had shifted to using the country’s broadband network compared to local mobile connections as people are staying in their homes, resulting in a slowdown in data speeds because the country’s networks were either struggling to keep up, with people streaming more videos or mobile connections were patchy, at best, in people’s homes. For high speed connectivity, all these circumstances could provide a push to the market, resulting in its tremendous growth.
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WiGig, also known as 60GHz Wi-Fi, refers to a set of 60GHz wireless network protocols. This enables high-performance wireless data, display, and audio applications. WiGig transfers data wirelessly on the 60 GHz frequency, unlike Wi-Fi 6 and other normal versions of Wi-Fi that use the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequencies. In other words, WiGig allows Wi-Fi devices to access the uncongested 60 GHz frequency band with wide channels to transmit data effectively at multi-gigabit per second speeds. It supports the capabilities of previous wireless LAN devices.
Network Infrastructure Devices
Gaming and Multimedia
Rest of Europe (Spain, Netherlands, etc.)
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Growing Technological Advancements in Communications Industry along with Rising Adoption of High Resolution Videos is Expected to Boost the Market Growth
European Communication Commission announced support to the industry in Europe for providing the 5G leadership in order to accelerate the 5G services to the consumers in Europe.
The European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) regulations were established in the region to set standards for all the member countries in the region. Unlike the United States, European countries have their own regulatory authority for dealing with aspects related to the telecommunication regulations at the national level. This results in varied communication standards between countries.
Internet activity has spiked across Europe as governments put their citizens on countrywide lockdowns. As big parts of Europe shut down offices, restrict travel, and force people to work from home, there is an amplified impact on the wireless connectivity industry, and crises of this magnitude will only make this more abundantly clear.
Traffic patterns are indeed changing as a result of increased home working and distance learning in the region, while new traffic patterns are being effectively handled. According to Amsterdam Internet Exchange in the Netherlands, traffic had gone up by as much as 12% after the Dutch imposed fresh restrictions short of a lockdown. They would not be able to manage the demand, and this would fuel the market growth.
Apart from that, in Frankfurt, home to another global exchange known as DE-CIX, workers reported a record data flow of over 9 terabits per second, due to a spike in cold weather and the spread of the novel coronavirus. Most of this surge was linked to video streaming, both to watch videos on services, like Netflix, and to conduct video calls on messenger services, like Skype or WhatsApp.
In addition, according to GSM Association, Amazon, Netflix and YouTube restricted video streaming quality in Europe, to standard definition to reduce network congestion. In this scenario, owing to massive COVID-19 impact, the demand for high speed connectivity is the need of the moment, forcing the market growth.
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United Kingdom is Expected to Witness Significant Growth
In the European region, the UK is one of the largest telecommunication markets. With a lot of global brands in the UK, the market has deployed some of the most advanced equipment and infrastructure. The mobile and broadband penetration in the UK is much ahead of the European average, with some of the biggest telecom equipment companies having a stronghold in the UK.
The companies in the region are continuously making strategic partnerships for the development of WiGig chipset to make an early move in the market. For instance, in 2019, UK-based developer of mmWave products – Siver IMA, announced to partner with Ampleon, by investing over USD 400 thousand, with an aim to develop in 5G base station chip with RF power products and sale mainly through Ampleon’s distribution network.
Siver IMA has also mentioned for mass production of its WiGig chip (TRX BF01) for next-generation unlicensed 5G for fixed wireless access to home or mesh networks for backhaul. In October 2019, Siver IMA also partnered with NXP Semiconductors for the development of solutions for 5G-NR (New Radio) for applications, such as gigabit FWA (fixed wireless access).
In July 2019, Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) announced to build an unlicensed 5G system - Metnet 60G unlicensed mmWave wireless solution in Europe to deliver up to 12 Gbps per radio. Such initiatives are expected to create opportunities for both established mobile operators and new broadband service providers for gigabyte FWA, ultimately estimated to increase the demand for WiGig chips in the forecast period.
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The WiGig market includes several global players, vying for a competitive advantage. The market poses high barriers to the entry of new players in the market. This market is characterized by moderate product differentiation, growing levels of product penetration, and high levels of competition. Generally, the solutions are offered for more than one device. For instance, Qualcomm offers SoC chips for mobile devices and access points (routers). The barriers to exit are high, as the company has to invest in innovations and apply for patents after the investments in R&D.
February 2020 - Sivers IMA announced the launch of new 5G mmWave Dual Quad Beamformer ICs which was built in collaboration with Ampleon, It includes two quad antenna connections with either Rx and Tx Channels and integrated RF switches. This solution supports both vertical and horizontal polarization MIMO
December 2019 - Qualcomm introduced a Snapdragon 8c's Kryo 490 CPU, which designed with an X24 LTE modem to offer 30 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 850 (and 10-30 percent lower than the 8cx). The company has replaced a Wi-Fi 6 from the spec with 802.11ac Wave 2 and 60GHz 802.11ad WiGig.