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U.S. Warehouse & Storage : Cellular In-Building Wireless Spending Forecast, 2020-2025

Warehouse and storage buildings in the U.S. support many industry sectors. For example, manufacturers use the buildings to store their inputs and outputs, and retailers rely on distribution and shipping centers.

In-building wireless (IBW) systems can be deployed in warehouse and storage buildings to support smart warehouse functionality, such as automation systems, IoT installations and robots.

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


Key Questions Answered

  • What is a smart warehouse and/or storage building? What applications and services are enabled in a warehouse and/or storage building?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the IBW market for warehouse and storage buildings?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate sub 6 GHz, CBRS and mmWave IBW systems in U.S. warehouse and storage buildings from 2020 to 2025?
  • What technologies are required for a smart warehouse and storage 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
  • Warehouse and Storage Buildings
    • IBW in Warehouse and Storage Buildings
    • What is Required for Smart Warehouse and Storage Buildings?
    • Why Make Warehouse and Storage Buildings Smart?
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Connected Warehouse and Storage Buildings
    • 5G
    • CBRS
    • mmWave
  • Outlook for the Warehouse and Storage Building IBW Forecast
    • Measuring Impact of COVID-19
    • COVID Impact on Warehouse and Storage 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 – Warehouse and Storage 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 Warehouse and Storage Buildings
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Spending in Warehouse and Storage 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 Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 4: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 5: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 6: CBRS Network Build Spending in Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 7: CBRS Operational Spending in Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 8: Total CBRS Spending for Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 9: mmWave Network Build Spending in Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 10: mmWave Operational Spending in Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 11: Total mmWave Spending for Warehouse and Storage Buildings, 2020-2025
  • Table 12: Total Spending in Warehouse and Storage Buildings by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

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

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