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Multefire Market

Multefire Market

Global Industry Analysis (2018 - 2021) - Growth Trends and Market Forecast (2022 - 2029)

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A growing number of mobile operators are considering MulteFire networks as a promising new way to expand connectivity options. MulteFire has become an emerging global standard for broadband access in unlicensed or shared spectrum bands, enabling carriers and operators with licensed services to extend their service offerings into unlicensed spectrum without needing additional licenses. Unlike Wi-Fi, which is based on technologies that were designed for consumer applications and allows many users within range to use the same radio channel at the same time, MulteFire offers mobile network-grade features including enhanced security, advanced performance capabilities such as adaptive modulation and forward error correction (FEC) coding technique to work over variable paths between transmitters and receiver, and support for mobility and handovers.

MulteFire's growing list of adherents includes leading global carriers, chipset manufacturers, and network equipment vendors. While the availability of unlicensed spectrum can enable service providers to extend their coverage more easily, they are unable to take advantage of carrier-grade capabilities offered by licensed bands including support for higher data rates, enhanced security features and multimedia services.

Small Players and Starts Up to be the Key Consumers in Global Multefire Market

The main application of MuLTEFire is that it will allow small players to come into the market with 4G services where they would not have been able to afford LTE otherwise. It's a very interesting development for the industry. The potential of MuLTEFire is still quite substantial as it will enable cellular networks on unlicensed airwaves, which are building a new ecosystem around low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN). There are some key use cases where LPWAN can deliver good enough coverage over large areas so there is interoperability between them and licensed cellular technologies. MuLTEFire is likely to play a critical role in that.

LTE-M will be able to support devices using low power wide area networks (LPWAN) technology like LoRa and Sigfox. Mobile operators like Verizon Wireless in the U.S., KPN in Germany and Elisa in Finland are already deploying these networks to reach rural areas where it would not make economic sense to build out their own broadband infrastructure with 3G or 4G LTE technology. Additionally, many homes don't reach speeds of 10Mbps through wired broadband services, so MuLTEFire will help provide coverage in these underserved areas.

The global market is witnessing big demand with all these new low-power networks coming up and we think the only way they will be able to work is by using unlicensed spectrum. "It's not just cellular carriers as they are extending their own licenses into as many unlicensed bands as possible but even fixed broadband operators like Comcast and Charter Communications" that want to extend their fixed-line services into unlicensed spectrum.

Lack of an End-User License Agreement to Make Global Multefire Market More Attractive

MulteFire is a new technology standardized by the 3GPP. MulteFire aims to provide a very flexible multiband IoT networking solution where operators can offer their services. However, one significant drawback of MulteFire compared with LTE-M or NB-IoT is that MulteFire has no licensing system yet. This means any device manufacturer will be able to sell a MulteFire module without having to pay royalties, which considerably reduces the product cost. However, this lack of an end-user license agreement (EULA) will not last forever and there are at least three reasons why we believe the market for MulteFire modules will become much more attractive in 2021:

First, the 3GPP is working on a MulteFire EULA. Unlike LTE-M or NB-IoT, the 3GPP has not yet finalized this agreement but it is expected to be finished at the end of 2019. We expect either Qualcomm or MediaTek will become the first licensee.

Second, Qualcomm and NTT DoCoMo are already co-marketing their MulteFire modules for IoT together in Japan. This means that device manufacturers can sell their devices with MulteFire modules using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets and just pay royalties to serve customers in Japan.

Third, Google plans to launch its Stadia game streaming service in 2021. Stadia works by connecting gamers to servers of Google’s data centers. These data centers are expected to be located across the US, with one expected to be in Asia as well. What is interesting about Stadia is that it will not only work on mobile devices (like Project Stream), but also PCs and even game consoles like PlayStation or Xbox. Since Stadia has very strict latency requirements, users expect Stadia game streaming to use MulteFire. Stadia service requires a very high-quality connection network, which both Qualcomm and MediaTek modules can definitely provide. The combination of Qualcomm chipsets with MediaTek MulteFire modules will allow device manufacturers to quickly create low-cost Stadia-ready smartphones for gamers in Asia Pacific where 5G networks have been very costly up to now.

Impact of 5G on Global Multefire Market

As per our analysis, 5G will finally break the high entry barrier for new device manufacturers. Until now, many mobile operators have been reluctant to allow third parties to sell devices with their SIM cards because of concerns over network security, service quality and compatibility. However, as soon as more mobile operators start offering MulteFire licenses in 2021, we expect a flood of new players entering the market, competing among themselves on price and pushing down prices for end-users.

Industrial Automation to Boost Growth of Global Multefire Market

The technology behind MulteFire is being developed to support commercial wireless networks for different industry verticals. The use cases include public safety, commercial telematics, and smart factory.

Interest in industrial automation is accelerating as manufacturers move toward "Industry 4.0" – the fourth industrial revolution enabled by the fusion of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies combine people, processes, data and things to create entirely new capabilities for businesses. For example, smart factories enable organizations to produce goods with greater flexibility and efficiency than ever before; meanwhile operators are given unprecedented visibility into production performance. The use cases include construction companies that require reliable connections between civil equipment like asphalt pavers or backhoes on site to their headquarters office for fleet management; agricultural companies that rely upon drones flying over fields collecting real-time information required to manage water levels, pesticides, nutrients, or simply ensuring that crops are watered uniformly; and the family of a mine worker that needs to monitor their loved one's environment throughout the shift, with the ability to communicate with them at any time.

Industrial automation also includes smart facilities like stadiums, hospitals, shopping malls, data centers, warehouses & distribution centers – all of which rely upon wireless connectivity for asset management (RFID), security applications (CCTV), environmental control (HVAC), lighting control systems and more.

Remote Asset Management and Vehicle Telematics to Offer Lucrative Growth Opportunity to Global MulteFire Market

Today's industrial IoT deployments are mostly centered around public safety, commercial telematics, and smart factory. However, other use cases could be enabled through LTE-based solutions like MulteFire.

Remote Asset Management/Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) allow for asset tracking using real-time location services (RTLS) which enables organizations to improve asset management by collecting data about their assets for better decision making. Vehicle Telematics enable users to track vehicle location, diagnostics/status information on a per-vehicle basis. This allows organizations to increase fleet productivity (by reducing downtime); boost customer service (by increasing transparency); and generate additional revenue opportunities (through better decision making).

Remote Asset Monitoring is typically done using wireless sensor networks that monitor environmental conditions like temperature, humidity, liquids, or gas levels, etc. that are located in hard-to-reach areas like the inside of oil rigs or water towers. Organizations can simply deploy a wireless sensor node with MulteFire capabilities to make these remote deployments LTE accessible.

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Multefire Market

  • Multefire Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value, 2018 - 2021
  • Market Value at Regional and Country Level, 2022 - 2029
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2022 - 2029
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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