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U.S. Transportation Buildings: Cellular In-Building Wireless Spending Forecast, 2020-2025

There are thousands of airports, bus and railway stations/terminals in the U.S., and many of these have already deployed distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi systems to handle travelers’ voice/data traffic.

Additional in-building wireless (IBW) systems will be deployed to improve the overall experience of travelers and improve the efficiency of operations at the facilities.

This market study provides a revised forecast of the cellular in-building wireless (IBW) market for for two types of transportation buildings: airports and bus & railway stations/terminals. 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. transportation buildings in the sub 6 GHz, CBRS, and mmWave bands.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is a smart transportation building? What applications and services are enabled in a smart or connected transportation building?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the IBW market for the two types of transportation buildings – airports and bus & railway stations/terminals?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate sub 6 GHz, CBRS and mmWave IBW systems in U.S. airports and bus & railway stations/terminals from 2020 to 2025?
  • What technologies are required for a smart transportation building?
  • 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
  • IBW in Transportation Buildings
    • Why make transportation buildings smart?
    • What is required for a Smart Transportation Building?
    • Transportation IBW Examples
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Connected Transportation Buildings
    • 5G
    • CBRS
    • mmWave
  • Outlook for the Transportation Building IBW Forecast
    • Measuring Impact of COVID-19
    • Current Trends and COVID Impact on Transportation Buildings
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Basic Pandemic Assumption
    • Buildings Methodology
    • Technology-specific Assumptions
    • Other Transportation Building Assumptions
    • Network Build Spending Methodology
    • Operational Spending Methodology
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast – Airports
    • 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 Airports
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast – Rail and Bus Stations / Terminals
    • Sub 6 GHz Bands
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total Sub 6 GHz Spending
    • CBRS
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total CBRS Spending
    • mmWave
    • Total Spending for Rail and Bus Stations
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast – All Transportation Buildings
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Spending in Transportation Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Table 1: Pandemic Influence on Building Categories
  • Table 2: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 3: Sub-types of Public Assembly Buildings
  • Table 4: Passenger-Miles by Travel Mode (in millions), 2019
  • Table 5: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 6: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 7: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 8: CBRS Network Build Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 9: CBRS Operational Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 10: Total CBRS Spending for Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 11: mmWave Network Build Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 12: mmWave Operational Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 13: Total mmWave Spending for Airports, 2020-2025
  • Table 14: Total Spending in Airports by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Table 15: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Table 16: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Table 17: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Table 18: CBRS Network Build Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Table 19: CBRS Operational Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Table 20: Total CBRS Spending for Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Table 21: Total Spending in Rail and Bus Stations by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Table 22: Total Spending in Transportation Buildings by Type, 2020-2025
  • Table 23: Total Spending in Transportation Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Spending in Transportation Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 1: Domestic & International, Passenger Enplanements (000), January 2019-January 2021
  • Figure 2: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 3: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 4: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 5: CBRS Network Build Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 6: CBRS Operational Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 7: Total CBRS Spending for Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 8: mmWave Network Build Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 9: mmWave Operational Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 10: Total mmWave Spending for Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 11: Total Spending in Airports by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 12: Total Spending in Airports, 2020-2025
  • Figure 13: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Figure 14: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Figure 15: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Figure 16: CBRS Network Build Spending in Rail and bus stations, 2020-2025
  • Figure 17: CBRS Operational Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Figure 18: Total CBRS Spending for Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Figure 19: Total Spending in Rail and Bus Stations by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 20: Total Spending in Rail and Bus Stations, 2020-2025
  • Figure 21: Total Spending in Transportation Buildings by Type, 2020-2025
  • Figure 22: Total Spending in Transportation Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 23: Total Spending in Transportation Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025

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