Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Global Visible Light Communication Industry Analysis & Share. The Market is Segmented by Component (LED, Photodetectors, Microcontrollers, Software & Services), Transmission Type (Uni-Directional, Bi-Directional), Application (Consumer Electronics, Defense & Security, Transportation, Public Infrastructure, Life Sciences), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa). The Market Sizes and Forecasts are Provided in Terms of Value (USD) for all the Above Segments.

Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market Size

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Visible Light Communication Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 3.45 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 19.23 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 41.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America

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Visible Light Communication Market Major Players

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Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market Analysis

The Visible Light Communication Market size is estimated at USD 3.45 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 19.23 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 41% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The global visible light communication market is valued at USD 1.8 billion in the current year and is expected to register a CAGR of 40.1% during the forecast period, reaching USD 19.3 billion by the end of the forecast period. The need for high-speed data transfer, data security, an imminent RF spectrum constraint, and various technological advantages over Wi-Fi technology primarily drives the market for visible light communication. Besides being more cost-effective, Li-Fi has various advantages over current Wi-Fi technology, including roughly 100 times quicker data transfer speed, greater data security, no electromagnetic interference, and lower power usage.

  • However, the limited range of communication limits Li-Fi's application because it works best in a closed control environment, and the presence of other light sources slows its performance. Nonetheless, substantial research in this field is expected to drive future demand in the light fidelity (Li-Fi) market.
  • VLC can be particularly useful for Internet of Things (IoT) devices as it enables reliable and secure communication in environments where other wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Zigbee, can be subject to interference. Moreover, VLC provides an added layer of security as light cannot penetrate walls, preventing eavesdropping and unauthorized access. Some examples of how VLC can be used in IoT applications include enabling battery-free duplex communication for IoT devices, initialization and bootstrapping of secure communication between wireless devices, and enhancing indoor IoT communication with visible light and infrared technology.
  • Moreover, by 2023, there will likely be close to 30 billion network-connected devices and connections, an increase from 18.4 billion in 2018, according to Cisco's Annual Internet Report predictions. By 2023, IoT devices would make up 50% (14.7 billion) of all networked devices, up from 33% (6.1 billion) in 2018. Such a huge rise in IOT devices would drive the studied market.
  • The players in the market are collaborating to cater to consumers' evolving and complex requirements. For instance, in June 2022, Situm collaborated with ZERO1 to create indoor navigation systems based on visible light communication technologies. Situm has specialized in providing exact indoor location and navigation without needing dedicated infrastructure (through Wi-Fi) or, in some situations, with the fewest BLE beacons. OCC and VLC technologies, in which French company ZERO1 specializes, employ LED installations - which are already present in many buildings - and cellphones to locate indoors precisely. The combination of these two technologies is expected to provide ultra-high dependability and an unprecedented user experience for shopping malls, airports, hospitals, factories, and other large indoor spaces, as well as the new potential for businesses to present their points of interest throughout these huge indoor spaces.
  • On the flip side, visible Light Communication (VLC) has several challenges that must be addressed for widespread adoption. VLC has a limited range compared to radio frequency (RF), which can limit its usability in some applications. VLC requires a line-of-sight connection between the transmitter and receiver, which can limit its usability in some applications. VLC can experience interference from other environmental light sources, such as sunlight or fluorescent lights. Factors like these can hinder the studied market.
  • A key macroeconomic growth driver of the VLC market is the increasing digitization worldwide. For instance, the increased focus of the Indian government on creating a digitally empowered economy is expected to benefit the market, with core digital sectors such as information technology and business process management, digital communication services, and electronics manufacturing expected to double their GDPs to USD 355-435 billion by 2025. A growing number of smartphones, laptops, and other devices are now equipped with VLC receivers, making it easier for businesses and consumers to adopt VLC solutions.

Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market Trends

The Consumer Electronics Segment is Anticipated to Witness a Significant Market Growth Rate

  • Visible light communication technology can be used on smartphones for data transmission between devices using available screens and smartphone cameras. VLC can establish wireless connections between mobile devices like smartphones, laptops, and tablets. These connections can transfer data, including photos, music, and video. The receiver captures data from the screen of a transmitting smartphone and utilizes algorithms like the Speeded Up Robust Features (SURF) algorithm to detect and extract information. Additionally, VLC-enabled smartphones can be used for indoor navigation systems for visually impaired people and for initializing Internet of Things (IoT) devices through BlinkComm, which uses the smartphone screen as a modulated light source for VLC.
  • According to Ericsson, the global number of smartphone mobile network subscriptions reached over 6.6 billion in 2022 and is expected to hit 7.8 billion by 2028. The countries with the most smartphone mobile network subscriptions are China, India, and the United States. Such a huge smartphone rise would create lucrative opportunities for the studied market.
  • The demand for high-speed data transmission is increasing in various applications, including streaming video, gaming, etc. VLC can provide high-speed data transmission without wires or cables, making it a promising alternative to traditional wired and wireless communication technologies. For instance, the European Union is investing in 5G, and the bloc is expected to have 5G networks by 2025. The European Commission has set aside Euro 7 billion for 5G research and development, which will help to accelerate the growth of new 5G applications.
  • Further, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report released in November 2022, 5G mobile subscriptions were anticipated to reach approximately 5 billion by the end of 2028. Additionally, 5G population coverage is anticipated to reach 85%, while 5G networks will likely carry around 70% of mobile traffic by 2028. Such events are also likely to drive the demand for consumer electronics, thereby boosting the growth of the studied market.
  • In September 2022, researchers at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in China demonstrated a new visible light communication system that utilizes a single optical path to develop a multi-channel communication link over the air. This approach could be employed as a backup communication link or for connecting IoT devices. It is based on devices called multiple quantum well III-nitride diodes that can emit and detect light at the same time. The communication mode could eventually be used to develop a photonic CPU. Such innovations are anticipated to boost the adoption of VLC in the consumer electronics segment.
  • Additionally, the popularity of smart home devices is increasing as consumers look for ways to make their homes more comfortable, convenient, and secure. VLC can control smart home devices, making it a key technology for the market.
Visible Light Communication Market: Number of smartphone mobile network subscriptions, in millions, worldwide, from 2016 to 2022, with forecasts from 2023 to 2028

North America to Account for the Largest Market Share

  • Visible light communication has emerged as a promising vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology and is being explored for autonomous vehicles. Vehicular VLC (V-VLC) utilizes vehicle headlights and taillights as wireless transmitters, and as LED technology has become more prevalent in vehicles and infrastructure, opportunities for V-VLC have increased. V-VLC has demonstrated a range of up to 100 meters for headlights and 30 meters for taillights, making it suitable for short-range communication needs.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines "autonomous" or "self-driving" vehicles as those that operate without direct driver input to control acceleration, steering, and braking and are developed so that the driver is not anticipated to monitor the roadway while using in self-driving mode constantly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3.5 million self-driving vehicles will be on American roads by 2025 and approximately 4.5 million by 2030. Such huge Autonomous vehicles would drive the studied market.
  • As traffic lights employ LED lighting, it is an emerging opportunity in citywide traffic management systems, like pedestrian signals and traffic signals using VLC. For instance, streetlights communicating with a pedestrian's VLC-equipped smartphone can regulate vehicle traffic, allowing pedestrians to cross a street. VLC technology in traffic systems facilitates drivers to use smart devices or car headlights to connect and generate information from traffic lighting systems. This information can also be transmitted to other cars using taillights. Information, such as traffic updates, the shortest estimated arrival time to a specific location (considering traffic congestion), or even internet access, can be communicated through this technology.
  • The adoption of LED in the United States boosted the market growth. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights are expected to gain popularity in the United States between 2020 and 2035, particularly in outdoor applications. LED lights should be implemented in 93 percent of outdoor lighting by 2025, making them the most prevalent light source across all industries.
  • Increasing indoor location-based services embedded with light fixtures in hotels and retail shops in the North American region is also projected to be one of the factors driving revenue growth in the region. Several companies, such as G.E. Lightings and ByteLight Inc., are deploying VLC installations in supermarkets, which, in turn, is aiding retailers in tying customers' shopping history by tracking their location details.
  • Further, the applications of VLC in smart homes include smart lighting systems, home automation & control, energy monitoring, and even battery-free duplex communication for mobile & IoT devices. According to Consumer Technology Association, particularly in the USA, 22 million homes already employ IoT or smart technology to make life easier. By 2023, the smart home market is estimated to produce USD 23.5 billion in revenue. The increasing adoption of smart homes in the region is anticipated to significantly boost the growth of the studied market.
Visible Light Communication Market - Growth Rate by Region

Visible Light Communication (VLC) Industry Overview

The Visible Light Communication Market is a moderately competitive market with prominent players like Koninklijke Philips, LVX System, Panasonic Corporation, Oledcomm, etc. It is an emerging market with newer pipeline technologies, creating potential visible light communication technology.

In July 2022, The Scottish National Investment Bank awarded EUR 10 million to aid Edinburgh-based pureLiFi, which spent years designing a new Visible Light Communication based networking method called LiFi, to support a global rollout of their technology. PureLiFi announced that it would utilize the extra funding to develop new LiFi technologies further while opening up additional markets in more consumer-friendly areas, like mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and other connected devices.

In January 2022, Sheffield researchers developed a new way of creating micro-displays to bring the next generation of VR headsets, smartphones, and smartwatches with higher resolution, speed, and efficiency. It used microlaser diodes - micro LEDs, to develop ultimate micro-display and visible light communication devices. As per Sheffield researchers, VLC technology had the potential to offer much greater bandwidth & efficiency than WiFi or 5G and could be utilized where radio frequency emissions were controlled or did not work, like in aircraft, hospitals, underwater and hazardous environments.

Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market Leaders

  1. LVX System

  2. Panasonic Corporation

  3. Lucibel SA

  4. Koninklijke Philips NV

  5. Firefly Wireless Networks LLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market News

  • March 2023: pureLiFi readied its light antenna module for smartphones. Light Antenna ONE from pureLiFi leverages Light Fidelity wireless communication technology to transmit data over visible light. It would comply with the upcoming IEEE 802.11bb Light Communication standard, which is in its final stages of ratification.
  • January 2023: Oledcomm, a global player in LiFi technology, unveiled LIFIMAX2G, enabling the factory and transportation of the future to connect via invisible light. It announced a doubling of the speed of its LiFiMAX range with a 2Gbps connection. The LiFi is claimed to be a high-performance, greener alternative to radio waves and cables, with lower energy consumption.

Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

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

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      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 Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of Impact of Macro Economic Trends on the Industry

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Competition from other Wireless Communication Technologies

      2. 5.1.2 High Demand for Building Smart City Infrastructure

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Threat from Government Policies and Lack of Awareness

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Component

      1. 6.1.1 Light Emitting Diodes

      2. 6.1.2 Photodetectors

      3. 6.1.3 Microcontrollers

      4. 6.1.4 Software and Services

    2. 6.2 By Transmission Type

      1. 6.2.1 Uni-directional

      2. 6.2.2 Bi-directional

    3. 6.3 By Application

      1. 6.3.1 Consumer Electronics

      2. 6.3.2 Defense and Security

      3. 6.3.3 Transportation

      4. 6.3.4 Public Infrastructure

      5. 6.3.5 Life Sciences

      6. 6.3.6 Other Applications

    4. 6.4 By Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

        1. 6.4.1.1 United States

        2. 6.4.1.2 Canada

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

        1. 6.4.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 6.4.2.2 Germany

        3. 6.4.2.3 Rest of Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 6.4.3.1 China

        2. 6.4.3.2 South Korea

        3. 6.4.3.3 India

        4. 6.4.3.4 Japan

        5. 6.4.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 Latin America

        1. 6.4.4.1 Brazil

        2. 6.4.4.2 Mexico

        3. 6.4.4.3 Rest of Latin America

      5. 6.4.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. 6.4.5.1 United Arab Emirates

        2. 6.4.5.2 Saudi Arabia

        3. 6.4.5.3 Rest of Middle East and Africa

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Koninklijke Philips NV

      2. 7.1.2 LVX System

      3. 7.1.3 Bytelight Inc. (A Acuity Brand's Company)

      4. 7.1.4 Panasonic Corporation

      5. 7.1.5 Purelifi Ltd.

      6. 7.1.6 Oledcomm

      7. 7.1.7 Lucibel SA

      8. 7.1.8 Outstanding Technology Co. Ltd.

      9. 7.1.9 Axrtek Company

      10. 7.1.10 Firefly Wireless Networks LLC

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Visible Light Communication (VLC) Industry Segmentation

Visible Light Communication(VLC) systems are being developed to create ultra-high-speed, secure, and biologically friendly communication networks that allow the creation and expansion of seamless computing applications. Such systems use modulated light wavelengths emitted by a variety of suitably adapted conventional sources, such as outdoor and indoor lighting, illuminated signs, displays, televisions, computer screens, digital cameras, and digital cameras on mobile phones for communication purposes, majorly through the use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

The Visible Light Communication Market is segmented by Component (LED, Photodetectors, Microcontrollers, Software & Services), Transmission Type (Uni-directional, Bi-directional), Application (Consumer Electronics, Defense & Security, Transportation, Public Infrastructure, Life Sciences), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD) for all the above segments.

By Component
Light Emitting Diodes
Photodetectors
Microcontrollers
Software and Services
By Transmission Type
Uni-directional
Bi-directional
By Application
Consumer Electronics
Defense and Security
Transportation
Public Infrastructure
Life Sciences
Other Applications
By Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdom
Germany
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
South Korea
India
Japan
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Visible Light Communication (VLC) Market Research FAQs

The Visible Light Communication Market size is expected to reach USD 3.45 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 41% to reach USD 19.23 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Visible Light Communication Market size is expected to reach USD 3.45 billion.

LVX System, Panasonic Corporation, Lucibel SA, Koninklijke Philips NV and Firefly Wireless Networks LLC are the major companies operating in the Visible Light Communication Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Visible Light Communication Market.

In 2023, the Visible Light Communication Market size was estimated at USD 2.04 billion. The report covers the Visible Light Communication Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Visible Light Communication Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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