In-Building Wireless Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The In-Building Wireless Market is segmented by Component Type ( Antenna, Distributed Antenna Systems, Repeaters, Small Cells, and Cables), End-user Industry (Commercial, Residential, and Industrial), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

In-Building Wireless Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 13 %
In-Building Wireless Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The in-building wireless market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13% over the forecast period from 2021 to 2026. In-building wireless (IBW) solutions off-load, the data needs emerging from high-rise buildings, vast campuses, crowded stadiums, and hotel properties, to ensure continued connectivity. The expectation from public is that that 5G will provide a faster, more advanced network connection and this has led to significant pressure on carriers to deliver a superior end-user experience. Providing 5G capabilities rises the need for increased bandwidth availability coupled with devices located closer to transmitters for short RF band lengths. By providing the buildings with wireless transmitters, carriers’ customers can experience the benefits of 5G.

  • Building owners have a significant interest in ensuring quality indoor wireless coverage for their tenants and those who visit their buildings. Reliable indoor coverage can help attract residential and business tenants to a facility at more attractive rents as well as provide a platform for building owners to automate operational processes. There is also a safety component attached to connectivity. An increasingly higher number of property owners are looking to ensure reliable communications in case of an emergency via public safety systems. This is another major factor aiding in the growth of IBW. In a commercial space, the majority of cell phone calls are initiated inside a building, so expecting reliable cell phone service inside retail space is a growing demand.
  • DAS is occupying a significant market share, and many sports venues, such as Notre Dame Stadium, are strategically placing various antennas throughout their facilities to ensure robust and reliable cell service. This network of antennas is known as a DAS. When DAS is adequately designed and installed, it enables a universal satisfactory user experience with no dead zones or spotty areas. DAS is also being used in hospitals due to the need for mission-critical wireless communications infrastructure. To ensure consistent mobile service within facilities, hospitals have deployed DAS to bring outdoor cellular signals indoors. Digital DAS also gives hospitals more control overcapacity across the network. For instance, to deliver more bandwidth to a remote surgery suite, network managers can use software to reassign bandwidth from other, less-demanding parts of the network.
  • In October 2019, Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF) launched a suite of 5G wireless products, including millimeter-wave repeaters, a digital distributed antenna system, and millimeter-wave support for its ADXV Series DAS. These solutions will enable carriers, enterprises, and building owners to provide 5G in-building wireless connectivity required to support Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Massive IoT (mMTC), UltraReliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC). In November 2019, Cincinnati Bell announced a fiber-based DAS solution that delivers in-building cellular coverage for organizations with large, multi-floor buildings and outdoor areas that lack reliable cell service. The solution supports multiple carriers and provides a 5G-ready infrastructure that is scalable to meet growing usage needs while ensuring lower cost of ownership and the ability to use most available frequencies.
  • The spread of COVID-19 will have a prolonged effect on critical business processes because the majority of the workforce in industries, such as IT, are doing work from home (WFH) to follow social distancing norms. For instance, Microsoft has announced WFH for all its employees until October 2020. TCS has also recently announced that 75% of its 4.48 lakh employees globally would work from home by 2025. This is causing the majority of mobile traffic to originate from residential buildings, which would make inbuilding wireless a necessity for business operations. North Carolina-based VAST Signal Booster Solutions recently completed installing a Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid solution for a tenant who is remodeling their office space in a multi-tenant building in Maryland while their employees are working from home.

Scope of the Report

In- building Wireless System is used to improve the communication as well as the network coverage in the areas of the building where the signal strength is weak. This report segments the market by Component Type ( Antenna, Distributed Antenna Systems, Repeaters, Small Cell, cables), End-user Industry (Commercial, Residential, Industrial), and Geography.

By Component Type
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
Small Cells
By End-user Industry
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Small Cell is Expected to Hold the Major Share

  • Small cell significantly improves wireless connections both inside and outside of the working environment with minimal invasion. It takes up a small space, thereby proving to be a perfect solution for improving network capacity and coverage. When deployed in LTE advanced and 5G deployments, small cells will play an important role in efficiently delivering low latency applications and high-speed mobile broadband. Multiple operators are evaluating their options, and small cell deployment figures are considered a high priority, with the majority of the US operators considering them to be an integral part of their 4G services. 
  • With a small footprint of hardware, they can be easily installed on to structures such as utility poles, street lights, signs, or to the sides of the buildings. For instance, In January 2019, TPG, in partnership with China's Huawei, has placed the small cell boxes on power poles across the suburb of Ryde in Sydney's north-west. According to the Small Cell Forum, the number of small cells in residential areas is expected to reach 1,850 thousand in 2025, from 1,250 thousand in 2017. The adoption will be more in enterprises, where the number of small cells is expected to reach 5,500 thousand in 2025, from 1,280 thousand in 2017.
  • The installed base of small cells is expected to reach 70.2 million in 2025. Densification initially led by Asia-Pacific and North America, with Europe lagging as it continues to work on to address commercial, technical and regulatory barriers. Massive annual growth of 36% in the rate of new non-residential deployments of small cells, led by urban and enterprise small cells, between 2015 and 2025. 5G cell deployments are overtaking 4G by 2024. The total installed base of 5G or small multimode cells in 2025 is predicted to be 13.1 m, over one-third of the total in use.
  • Small cells can connect buildings and many outdoor locations that provide the last mile extension often needed for the near line-of-sight solutions since the cells are placed in proximity to the user, system efficiency is much higher, and small cells are discrete and require limited infrastructure as well as space to install. One of the main challenges that hold small cell adoption back is that it is only a single carrier. Additionally, the cost of installing and certifying is high due to the civil works needed to provide power and data back-haul connections to the small cell installation.
New Developments and Upgrades by Environment - Small Cell (Enterprise), in Thousand, Global, 2019-2025

North America to Hold the Largest Share

  • The growing volume of data consumption in the region is evident from the fact that 75% of the total population of the united states used the internet (according to the World Bank). With this number expected to grow, it would drive the demand for the in-building wireless market over the forecast period. Strategic partnerships by some of the prominent players in the region have paved the way for the growth of the market over the forecast period. For instance, in June 2019, Globalstar and Airwavz Solutions mutually agreed upon the rights to offer Band 53 for numerous in-building wireless services.
  • The tech-savvy generation, coupled with the increased consumption of mobile devices, has led the organizations in the region to adopt BYOD on a large scale; therefore, good coverage inside the office spaces is of prime importance. This represents a potential opportunity for the in-building office providers, thereby fueling the market's growth over the forecast period. An enormous increase in the number of devices localized in metropolitan areas in the region with limited tower capacity drives competition for the bandwidth supplied by a single tower. In-building wireless solutions allow users to be off-loaded to lit building networks, which increases the local macro tower's performance and, ultimately, the user experience.
  • In March 2020, Segra, one of the largest fiber infrastructure network companies in the Eastern United States, announced the In-Building Wireless to help wireless carriers which are expected to meet the increased demand for more bandwidth and prepare for 5G. With an estimated 80% of mobile traffic originating or terminating within a building, universal in-building wireless networks are crucial for efficient business operations. Connectivity demand, preparation for 5G, and environmental constraints are significant driving factors that contribute to carriers investing in the company's In-Building Wireless. The company's latest solution enables carriers to provide robust wireless connectivity to their customers and to prepare for 5G deployment.
  • In June 2020, Corning Incorporated, a materials science innovator, formed a partnership with Intel Corporation to help bring 5G to buildings sooner. The companies' goal is to create a virtual platform for Corning's 5G network solution. Intel's Xeon Scalable processors and FlexRAN Reference Software Architecture will power it. This partnership will also make it easier for mobile network operators and enterprise building owners in the North American region to deploy 5G solutions that will meet their customers' and tenants' demand for connectivity, with the ability to scale from small to large venues and enterprises.
In-Building Wireless Market - Growth Rate by Region ( 2020 - 2025 )

Competitive Landscape

The competitive rivalry in the in-building wireless market is high owing to the presence of many key players such as AT&T Inc., Cobham PLC, CommScope, Inc., amongst others. Their ability to continually innovate their products through significant investments in research and development has allowed hem to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors. Strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions have allowed the players to gain a strong foothold in the market.

  • February 2020 - CommScope, Inc. launched open interfaces, virtualized RAN functions, and new radio points for its OneCell small cell to provide an accessible approach for numerous operators to install 5G networks in enterprises and venues. The enhanced OneCell solution leverages the latest developments in open RAN and management frameworks to deliver in-building wireless services.
  • February 2020 - Corning Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies announced a partnership to develop 5G mmWave infrastructure systems for enterprises and public venues and accelerate in-building 5G deployment. The 5G equipment is designed such that they combine Qualcomm’s 5G and mmWave technology coupled with Corning’s small cell expertise to deliver affordable and accessible 5G-ready indoor networks.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview (Covers the impact due to COVID-19)

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Volume of Data Consumption

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Demand for Smooth and uninterrupted Connectivity

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Privacy and Security Issues


    1. 6.1 By Component Type

      1. 6.1.1 Antenna

      2. 6.1.2 Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

      3. 6.1.3 Cables

      4. 6.1.4 Repeaters

      5. 6.1.5 Small Cells

    2. 6.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.2.1 Commercial

      2. 6.2.2 Residential

      3. 6.2.3 Industrial

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Pierson Wireless Corp

      2. 7.1.2 Cobham PLC

      3. 7.1.3 AT&T, Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 CommScope, Inc.

      5. 7.1.5 Anixter Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 Verizon Communications, Inc.

      7. 7.1.7 Corning Incorporated.

      8. 7.1.8 Ericsson Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 TE Connectivity Ltd.

      10. 7.1.10 Beatcom Incorporated

      11. 7.1.11 Dali Wireless, Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The In-Building Wireless Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The In-Building Wireless Market is growing at a CAGR of 13% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Pierson Wireless Corp, AT&T, Inc., CommScope, Inc., Corning Incorporated are the major companies operating in In-Building Wireless Market.

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