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

There are many thousands of U.S. manufacturing buildings, such as factories, assembly plants and mills. With the advent of 5G New Radio (NR) as the next “G” in the evolution of cellular technologies, 5G, whether it is deployed on sub 6 GHz, CBRS or mmWave spectrum, is seen as a way to enable the factory floor with very high throughput, ultra-reliable and low latency cellular solutions. This is seen as the path toward the “smart factory.”

This market study provides a revised forecast of the cellular in-building wireless (IBW) market for manufacturing 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
  • 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. manufacturing buildings in the sub 6 GHz, CBRS, and mmWave bands.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is a manufacturing building or factory? What applications and services are enabled in a manufacturing building?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the IBW market for manufacturing buildings?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate sub 6 GHz, CBRS and mmWave IBW systems in U.S. manufacturing buildings from 2020 to 2025?
  • What technologies are required for a smart manufacturing 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
  • Manufacturing & IBW
    • 802.15 and 802.11
    • Reasons for limited deployment
    • Industry 4.0
    • Case Studies: 5G and Manufacturing
    • What is required for a Smart Factory?
    • Major Challenges
    • Summary
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Connected Manufacturing Buildings
    • 5G
    • CBRS
    • mmWave
  • Outlook for the Manufacturing Building IBW Forecast
    • Measuring Impact of COVID-19
    • COVID Impact on Manufacturing Buildings
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Basic Pandemic Assumption
    • Buildings Methodology
    • Nodes Forecast Methodology
    • Technology-specific Assumptions
    • Network Build Spending Methodology
    • Operational Spending Methodology
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast – Manufacturing 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 Manufacturing Buildings
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Spending in Manufacturing Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Table 1: Pandemic Influence on Building Categories
  • Table 2: Number of Buildings and Enclosed Floor Space, U.S. Manufacturing Sites
  • Table 3: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Table 4: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Table 5: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Manufacturing Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 6: CBRS Network Build Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Table 7: CBRS Operational Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Table 8: Total CBRS Spending for Manufacturing Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 9: mmWave Network Build Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Table 10: mmWave Operational Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Table 11: Total mmWave Spending for Manufacturing Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 12: Total Spending in Manufacturing Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Spending in Manufacturing Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 1: Number of Buildings and Enclosed Floor Space, U.S. Manufacturing Sites
  • Figure 2: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending, 2020-2025
  • Figure 3: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Figure 4: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending, 2020-2025
  • Figure 5: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Figure 6: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Manufacturing Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 7: CBRS Network Build Spending, 2020-2025
  • Figure 8: CBRS Network Build Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Figure 9: CBRS Operational Spending, 2020-2025
  • Figure 10: CBRS Operational Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Figure 11: Total CBRS Spending for Manufacturing Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 12: mmWave Network Build Spending, 2020-2025
  • Figure 13: mmWave Network Build Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Figure 14: mmWave Operational Spending, 2020-2025
  • Figure 15: mmWave Operational Spending by Manufacturing Subsector, 2020-2025
  • Figure 16: Total mmWave Spending for Manufacturing Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Figure 17: Total Spending in Manufacturing Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 18: Total Spending in Manufacturing Buildings, 2020-2025

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