The OTA testing market is expected to grow from USD 1.09 Billion in 2018 to USD 1.77 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 10.13% between 2018 and 2023. The evolving 5G technology, implementation across value chain, and the growing IoT market are the key driving factors for the OTA testing market.
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Telecommunication and consumer devices dominated the overall OTA testing market
Among applications, telecommunication and consumer devices held the largest market share of the overall OTA testing market in 2017. The increasing adoption of LTE technologies in consumer devices such as smartphones, tablets, and USB hotspots, among others, drives the increasing use of OTA testing services in telecommunications and consumer devices application. Over-the-air (OTA) testing has become essential for engineers to evaluate and certify the reliability and performance characteristics of wireless devices, both for mobile and fixed locations. OTA testing lets engineers see what truly happens as the radio waves propagate over the air between the user equipment and the base station.
OTA testing market for 5G technology expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period
The need for new equipment and services will boost the growth of the OTA testing market for 5G technologies. OTA testing services for 5G are complex and done over the air as there are no connectors or probe points involved, which might enable conducted tests. The need for updating the OTA equipment and providing complex services for 5G will play a critical role in the development and validation of 5G, from R&D through conformance test, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance.
APAC expected to hold the largest market share and the highest growth rate
China, Japan, South Korea, and India are investing heavily in the implementation of IoT and M2M communication in infrastructure, which is expected to drive the OTA testing market in APAC. APAC is also the largest consumer of telecommunication and consumer devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. There are still many projects to be initialized during the forecast period; these offer tremendous growth opportunities for smart solution vendors. South Korea and Singapore have high connectivity and smart solutions. There are still many projects to be initialized during the forecast period. These projects offer tremendous growth opportunities for the smart solution vendors. In other regions, such as Europe, APAC, MEA, and South America, there is a wide scope for the development of smart cities as smart city solutions are only deployed in few cities.
Major players in the OTA testing market include Intertek (UK), Bureau Veritas (France), Anritsu (Japan), Keysight (US), Rohde & Schwarz (Germany), Eurofins (Luxembourg), UL (US), MVG (France), SGS (Switzerland), and Cetecom (Germany).