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U.S. Agriculture Private CBRS Network Forecast, 2021-2026: CBRS Network Build, Integration and App Spending in Agriculture

Cellular technologies (LTE in particular) have been used by farm operations for many years. More recently, IoT-centric radio frequency technologies – e.g., LoRa, Bluetooth, ZigBee and Z-Wave – have all been adopted to various degrees both in the agriculture sector as well as other industry sectors.

Compared to these other solutions, private CBRS-based networks have one key selling point: CBRS does not require an MNO signal source nor, even, a third-party service provider (other than for backhaul). Any business can install a CBRS-based network and never involve an MNO unless that enterprise wants their “private” 4G/5G network to become semi-private via a neutral host scenario.

iGR is generally bullish on the adoption of private CBRS networks in the agriculture sector. There are more than two million farm operations in the U.S. Many of these farms, particularly the larger ones, have adopted some type of advanced / precision agriculture solutions. Even a small percent of these farms adopting private CBRS networks would result in significant spending.

For this report, iGR defines an in-building private cellular system as one that uses the U.S. CBRS band for 4G/5G-based services and is funded by a third party distinct from a Mobile Network Operator (MNO). Note that iGR includes campus-wide cellular networks, such as the acreage of a farm operation, within the “in-building” umbrella.

This market study provides a five-year forecast for spending for three types of spending on in-building private cellular systems using CBRS in U.S. farms. The three types of spending include:

  • Network build and operational spending: the costs associated with installing and operating the private CBRS network
  • Network/systems integration spending: the costs associated with designing, sourcing equipment, integrating the network and applications, etc.
  • Applications: the costs associated with purchasing and licensing the applications that run on the private CBRS network.

Key Questions Answered

  • What is a private cellular network?
  • How can a private cellular network be used to create a connected farm operation?
  • What is the primary purpose of a connected farm operation?
  • What technologies are required for a connected farm operation?
  • What use cases are enabled in a connected farm operation?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate a private CBRS network in U.S. farm operations from 2021 to 2026?
  • What is the forecasted network/systems integration spending associated with the private CBRS network opportunity in U.S. farm operations from 2021 to 2026?
  • What is the forecasted applications spending for private CBRS networks in U.S. farm operations from 2021 to 2026?

Who Should Read

  • Systems integrators and wireless network integrators
  • CBRS solutions vendors
  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks, Agriculture
    • What this means
  • Methodology
    • Sources
    • Definitions
  • Overview of the U.S. Agriculture Sector
    • State of Farms
    • Employment
    • Private CBRS Networks in Agriculture
      • Connectivity Options
      • Agriculture/Farm Trends
      • Use Cases
    • Benefits for Smart Agriculture
    • Challenges for Smart Agriculture
    • Outlook
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Precision Agriculture
    • 5G
    • CBRS
  • Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Basic Assumption
    • Buildings Methodology
    • Network Build & Operate Spending Methodology
    • Network/Systems Integration: Assumptions and Methodology
    • Application Spending: Assumptions and Methodology
  • Private CBRS Network Spending Forecast – Agriculture
    • Private CBRS Networks Build and Operation
    • Private CBRS Networks Integration
    • Private CBRS Networks Applications
    • Total Spend
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 1: Number of Farms and Total Operated Acres, 2002-2017
  • Table 2: Number of Farms and Acres Operated, 2017
  • Table 3: Number of Farm Operations by NAICS sub-sector, 2017
  • Table 4: Acres Operated by NAICS sub-sector, 2017
  • Table 5: Number of Farms by Internet Connection Type and Acres Operated, 2017
  • Table 6: Occupational Employment, Agriculture, 2019-21
  • Table 7: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 8: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 9: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 10: Private CBRS Network Integration Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 11: Private CBRS Network Applications Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 12: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 1: Number of Farms and Total Operated Acres, 2002-2017
  • Figure 2: Number of Farms by Size Category, 2017
  • Figure 3: Number of Acres Operated by Size Category, 2017
  • Figure 4: Number of Farm Operations by NAICS sub-sector, 2017
  • Figure 5: Acres Operated by NAICS sub-sector, 2017
  • Figure 6: Percentage of Farms by Internet Connection Type, 2017
  • Figure 7: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 8: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 9: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 10: Private CBRS Network Integration Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 11: Private CBRS Network Applications Spending in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 12: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Agriculture, 2021-2026 ($M)

For additional information on the U.S. Agriculture Private CBRS Network Forecast, 2021-2026 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 796-1675 or by email.

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