The report "TV White Space Spectrum Market by End-Use (Rural Internet Access, Urban Connectivity, Emergency & Public Safety, Smart Grid Networks, Vehicle Broadband Access), Device (Fixed, Portal), Component, Software & Service, Range - Global Forecast to 2022", The global TV white space (TVWS) spectrum market was valued at USD 1.2 Million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 53.1 Million (approximately) by 2022, at a CAGR of 74.30% during the forecast period.
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The major factors driving the growth of this market include the increasing importance to adopt the TVWS technology for providing low and affordable broadband connectivity to remote and non-line-of-sight regions. Initially, these areas were not reachable with the existing technologies due to the lack of infrastructure; however, the air interface in the TV broadcasting UHF/VHF bands proved to be a cost-effective means to serve these areas with rural broadband.
Rural Internet access held the largest share of the TVWS spectrum market in 2015
Rural Internet access held the largest share of the TVWS spectrum market in 2015. This market for rural Internet access is expected to grow at a significant rate between 2016 and 2022. This market growth is driven by the increasing trials and deployments of white space devices worldwide to provide low-cost broadband services to rural areas.
Market for portable white space devices is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period
The TVWS spectrum market, based on device, has been segmented into fixed and portable white space devices. The market for portable white space devices is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. The market growth can be attributed to the significant increase in the usage of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal digital assistance devices in everyday life. In addition, these devices use less power and generate a relatively small spectrum footprint. Therefore, the portable white space devices can be operated in more places than fixed devices, which operate at high power and with antennas mounted.
North America expected to hold the largest share of the global TVWS spectrum market by 2022
North America is expected to hold the largest share of the TVWS spectrum market during the forecast period, followed by Europe and Africa. The market in Africa is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2016 and 2022. The major reason for the growth of the market in North America is the increasing support from the government to use the TVWS spectrum technology in a wide range of end-use applications. For instance, the U.S. is the first country to regulate the use of the white space technology through the TV broadcast UHF/VHF bands. Though the Internet is transmitted in the GHz bands, the trial tests conducted in various areas across the U.S. proved that offering Internet connectivity through the TV bands is cost effective, and the TV radio waves travel more than 10km, reaching the non-line-of-sight regions.
The major players in the TVWS spectrum market include Aviacomm Inc. (U.S.), Adaptrum, Inc. (U.S.), ATDI S.A. (France), Carlson Wireless Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), Alphabet Inc. (U.S.), Key Bridge LLC (U.S.), KTS Wireless (U.S.), Microsoft Corp. (U.S.), MELD Technology Inc. (U.S.), Metric Systems Corp. (U.S.), Spectrum Bridge Inc. (U.S.), Shared Spectrum Co. (U.S.), and Telcordia Technologies, Inc. (iconectiv) (U.S.), among others.
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