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U.S. Education Buildings & Campuses: Cellular In-Building Wireless Spending Forecast, 2020-2025

Education buildings in K-12 schools and university campuses are good candidates for private networks. And now these networks are becoming a reality due to the federal money that has been made available to address the digital divide made apparent by virtual learning amidst a pandemic.

The primary purpose of cellular in-building (IBW) systems and private networks in education buildings and campuses is to provide fast, secure broadband for students and teachers in their buildings, campuses and even homes.

This market study provides a forecast of the cellular in-building wireless (IBW) market for education buildings. iGR found that due to the pandemic, the IBW market for 2020 and beyond is significantly different than it was previously.

The 2021 revised forecast was modeled with:

  • New data and assumptions regarding the (ongoing) COVID-19 pandemic
  • Newly available data (November 2020) from the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS)
  • Information gathered from conversations with multiple solution providers in the IBW market.

Included in the market study is a five-year forecast for both network build spending and operational spending for the deployment of cellular IBW in U.S. education buildings in the sub 6 GHz, CBRS, and mmWave bands.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is the primary purpose of a connected education building or campus?
  • What use cases are enabled in a connected education building or campus?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the IBW market for education buildings and campuses?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate sub 6 GHz, CBRS and mmWave IBW systems in U.S. education buildings from 2020 to 2025?
  • What technologies are required for a connected education building or campus?
  • What are 5G, CBRS, and MmWave, some of the technologies and spectrums that will support cellular IBW?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Mobile backhaul providers, including telcos and cable MSOs
  • Wired and wireless backhaul vendors and solution providers
  • Mobile OEMs, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Wired and wireless infrastructure vendors, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Financial and investment analysts.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • What This Means
  • Methodology
    • Sources
    • 2021 Revised Forecast
    • Definitions
  • Education Buildings and Campuses
    • IBW in Education Buildings and Campuses
    • What is Required for a Connected Education Buildings or Campus?
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Connected Education Buildings
    • 5G
    • CBRS
    • mmWave
  • Outlook for the Education Building and Campus IBW Forecast
    • Measuring Impact of COVID-19
    • Current Trends and COVID Impact on Education Buildings
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Basic Pandemic Assumption
    • Buildings Methodology
    • Technology-specific Assumptions
    • Network Build Spending Methodology
    • Operational Spending Methodology
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast – Education Buildings
    • Sub 6 GHz Bands
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total Sub 6 GHz Spending
    • CBRS
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total CBRS Spending
    • mmWave
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total mmWave Spending
    • Total Spending for Education Buildings
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Spending in Education Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Table 1: Pandemic Influence on Building Categories
  • Table 2: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 3: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 4: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 5: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 6: CBRS Network Build Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 7: CBRS Operational Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 8: Total CBRS Spending for Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 9: mmWave Network Build Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 10: mmWave Operational Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 11: Total mmWave Spending for Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 12: Total Spending in Education Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Spending in Education Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 1: Quarterly U.S. Retail Sales, 2017-2020
  • Figure 2: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 3: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 4: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 5: CBRS Network Build Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 6: CBRS Operational Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 7: Total CBRS Spending for Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 8: mmWave Network Build Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 9: mmWave Operational Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 10: Total mmWave Spending for Education Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 11: Total Spending in Education Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 12: Total Spending in Education Buildings, 2020-2025

For additional information on the U.S. Education Buildings: Cellular In-Building Wireless Spending Forecast, 2020-2025 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.