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

This report focuses on the private CBRS network opportunity at the more than 11,000 electricity-generating power plants, 55,000 electricity substations and 16,000 wastewater treatment facilities in the U.S. These operations all rely on wired, wireless and cellular communications systems.

Private cellular networks using LTE and 5G New Radio (NR) operating in the CBRS band, along with the accompanying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and standards, allows companies operating in these industries to transition from their purpose-built, often legacy, wireless/cellular networks to secure, scalable, standards-based networks.

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 within the “in-building” umbrella. In this report, the vast acreage covered by these operations are considered a “campus” deployment.

This market study provides a five-year forecast for spending for three types of spending on private cellular systems using CBRS in U.S. utilities. 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 utilities facility?
  • What is the primary purpose of a connected utilities facility?
  • What technologies are required for a connected utilities facility?
  • What use cases are enabled in a connected utilities facility?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate a private CBRS network in U.S. utilities from 2021 to 2026?
  • What is the forecasted network/systems integration spending associated with the private CBRS network opportunity in U.S. utilities from 2021 to 2026?
  • What is the forecasted applications spending for private CBRS networks in U.S. utilities 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, Utilities Facilities
    • What this means
  • Methodology
    • Sources
    • Definitions
  • Utilities
    • Electricity generation
    • Wastewater
    • Employment Trends
    • Employment Summary
    • What is Required for Connected Utilities?
    • Benefits of Private CBRS Networks
    • Case Studies
    • Outlook for Private CBRS Networks in Utilities
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Connected Connected Utilitiess
    • 5G
    • CBRS
  • Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Basic Assumption
    • Facilities Methodology
    • Network Build & Operate Spending Methodology
    • Network/Systems Integration: Assumptions and Methodology
    • Application Spending: Assumptions and Methodology
  • Private CBRS Network Spending Forecast – Utilitiess
    • 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 Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 1: Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, employment by select occupation, 2019-21
  • Table 2: Water, Sewage and Other Systems, employment by select occupation, 2019-21 12
  • Table 3: Electricity by Type of Facility
  • Table 4: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Power Plants and Electricity Substations, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 5: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Power Plants and Electricity Substations, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 6: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Power Plants and Electricity Substations, 2021-2026
  • Table 7: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Wastewater Treatment Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 8: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Wastewater Treatment Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 9: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Wastewater Treatment Facilities, 2021-2026
  • Table 10: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026
  • Table 11: Private CBRS Systems/Network Integration Spending in Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026, ($M)
  • Table 12: Private CBRS Applications Spending in Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026, ($M)
  • Table 13: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 1: Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, employment by select occupation, 2019-21
  • Figure 2: Water, Sewage and Other Systems, employment by select occupation, 2019-21
  • Figure 3: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Power Plants and Electricity Substations, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 4: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Power Plants and Electricity Substations, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 5: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Power Plants and Electricity Substations, 2021-2026
  • Figure 6: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Wastewater Treatment Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 7: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Wastewater Treatment Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 8: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Wastewater Treatment Facilities, 2021-2026
  • Figure 9: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026
  • Figure 10: Private CBRS Systems/Network Integration Spending in Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026
  • Figure 11: Private CBRS Network Application Spending in Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026
  • Figure 12: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Utilities Facilities, 2021-2026 ($M)

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

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