5G on an upward trend in national security & defence markets

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The global 5G in defence market size is projected to reach USD 2,487 million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 30.2% from 2022 to 2027, according to the latest research from Marketsandmarkets. Factors such as higher network speeds, and lower latency in 5G, and the growing adoption of autonomous and connected devices are assisting the drive for the growth in 5G in the defence market.

The fact that the 5G in defence market is dominated by several international, world-stage major players such as Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia OYJ, Samsung, NEC, Thales, L3Harris Technologies, Raytheon Technologies, Ligado Networks, and Wind River Systems, is an indicator for the buoyancy of the sector.  These players have spread their business across various countries includes North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and South America.

Small cell segment to dominate communication infrastructure

Small cell segment growth is attributed to the large-scale deployment of small cells by 5G network operators. With the further introduction of the 5G network, the data connectivity speed is expected to increase significantly. As small cells can help facilitate 5G deployment, they are anticipated to play a pivotal role in the market for 5G communication infrastructure.

By platform the airborne segment will lead

By platform, Marketsandmarkets' analysts project the airborne segment to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. With advancements in 5G technology, airborne applications (such as drones) and mission-critical communications will be able to perform with increased efficiency.

North America is at the helm

North America is estimated to lead the 5G in the defence market during the forecast period because of increased investments by the US Department of Defense in 5G technology. The US is projected to be the largest developer and operator of 5G technology globally, resulting in a large share of the North American region in the global market. 5G technology in defence helps improve the processing and functioning of ISR (intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance) systems, enables new command and control systems, enhances augmented and virtual reality applications, modernises maintenance processes, and improves efficiency in logistics supply using technologies such as blockchain. With the increasing use of connected systems through IoT, a need for low-latency communication technology has risen. The allocation of a wide frequency band to the US military has opened new opportunities for system designers to develop 5G enabled components and enhance the operational efficiency of all related systems.


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