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Increasing Mobile Data Requirements from Smartphones and LTE Development will Spur Growth
The growth and evolution of the wireless test equipment market is influenced by developments in the wireless communications industry. An analysis of the global wireless test equipment market is provided in this research service. For the purpose of this study, the market is divided into the following segments: mobile device test equipment, base station test equipment, drive test equipment, and mobile backhaul and wireless core test equipment. The base year is 2012, and the forecast period spans 2013 to 2019. Factors anticipated to drive and restrain the market are discussed. Also, revenue forecasts and competitive analyses of the market’s key stakeholders for the total global market and its segments are provided.
•In 2012, the total global wireless test equipment market witnessed a growth rate of X% over 2011 and generated a revenue of $X million. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is expected to be X% from 2012 to 2019, and the market is likely to generate $X million by the end of 2019.
•The growth and evolution of the wireless test equipment market is influenced by developments in the wireless communications industry. Internet access and the ability to download videos through mobile devices are expected to continue driving demand for wireless test equipment solutions.
•Rapid deployments of smart devices, increased mobile data usage, and long-term evolution (LTE) deployments are expected to continue driving the wireless test equipment market.
•Wireless is more complex than wire line technology, and wireless networks are much more prone to impairments than are fixed networks. The overall complexity of wireless technologies prefigures the need for test equipment, especially with newer technologies such as LTE and LTE-advanced (LTE-A) that amplify network complexity.
•Testing is integral to early-market delivery of devices and services and critical to both comply with industry standards and to provide high-quality products and services that not only meet, but exceed customer expectations.
•Test equipment supports the entire supply chain: component manufacturers, handset manufacturers, operators, and laboratories that conduct compliance testing, helping them get through the R&D cycle as quickly as possible while ensuring quality.
•Staying ahead of wireless operators in order to provide cutting-edge test equipment for new technology deployments presents a challenge for wireless test equipment vendors. A test equipment vendor can either be ahead of the technology curve or compete in a commodity-type environment by producing low-end equipment.
•Maintaining robust support for existing technologies while pushing forward with new technology support is a challenge for service providers (SPs) as well as for wireless test equipment vendors. SPs cannot simply move forward at the expense of existing technologies—they must ensure positive quality of experience (QoE) and quality of service (QoS) by supporting existing technologies while exploring new and emerging technologies such as LTE and LTE-A.
1. LTE and LTE-A technologies drive demand for test equipment.
2. Increasing mobile data requirements attributed to the high adoption rates of smartphones provide market opportunities.
3. Quality, reliability, and technology are the key competitive factors in the wireless test equipment market.
4. Companies are adopting direct distribution channels for sales due to an increasing global-presence strategy and growing demand for wireless test solutions.
5. It is important to identify and focus on the growing and changing end-user requirements.
The evolution of the wireless test equipment market is influenced by developments in the wireless communications industry. Current trends, such as increased mobility and explosive mobile data traffic growth, coupled with increasing adoption of smart devices and imminent LTE and LTE-A deployments, are expected to continue driving the demand for wireless test equipment.
The wireless test equipment market experienced a number of hurdles in the past; however, it fully recovered in 2011, mainly driven by an improved global economic situation and technological developments such as increasing 3G adoptions and, most recently, LTE technology. The market is likely to continue growing at a X% CAGR from 2012–2019 as the telecommunications industry rapidly moves toward 4G technologies.
This study discusses and analyzes the various types of test equipment and technologies that are likely to drive the wireless test equipment market.
The market is divided into the following segments by product type:
•Mobile device test equipment
•Base station test equipment
•Drive test equipment
•Mobile backhaul and wireless core test equipment
Mobile Device Test Equipment
Test equipment covered in this section includes systems used in testing mobile user equipment and services. These devices include benchtop and single-box testing systems used to test the performance, protocol, and capability of cellular access devices such as feature phones and smartphones, as well as connected devices such as laptops, netbooks, notebooks and tablets, and wireless-enabled PDAs.
There is a sub-segment called one-box testers, which are simple performance protocol testing solutions.
Conformance or certification testers are also included in this section. These solutions are used to test protocol implementations and to check for equipment conformity to standards. This segment also includes design validation as well as compliance testing that is performed during the R&D stage of the product life cycle.
Interoperability testers are used during the R&D stage of the product life cycle and are used to verify if the equipment works as intended. These solutions also check equipment compatibility with network equipment from various vendors.
Radio frequency (RF) conformance testers are included in the scope of this study. The main RF function is to verify if the radio implementation or physical layer implementation conforms with standard requirements. This type of test equipment represents a rather small part of the overall wireless test equipment market for R&D applications. These systems are expensive, thus they are purchased in small volumes.
Base Station Test Equipment
A base station is a fixed transmitting or receiving station for cellular phones, paging services, and other wireless transmission systems. A base station is also known as an access point or transmitting/receiving location in a wireless local area network (WLAN). RF spectrum analyzers and signal generators are examples of base station test equipment. Base station test equipment encompasses feature and functional testers and protocol conformance testers that are used during the R&D stages of the product life cycle. Such equipment usually includes an antenna tester and a spectrum analyzer, which is often a GPS receiver.
Drive Test Equipment
Drive test equipment refers to portable tools used for indoor and outdoor diagnostics and troubleshooting of wireless networks. These testers obtain RF coverage and service performance measurements, provide wireless data measurement options, and enable optimization for data applications. They also enable early verification of network deployments and provide true cross-technology scalability on a single platform.
Besides benchmarking and trend analysis, drive tests assess several other applications. These include network optimization, acceptance testing expansions, new technology implementation evaluation, and scan drives for engineering maintenance. Even at the early stage of network construction, drive testing is a major way to evaluate network conditions.
Mobile Backhaul and Wireless Core Test Equipment
The mobile backhaul and wireless core segment covers test equipment including fiber optics used to test Ethernet and IP switching and routing-transport mechanisms between radio base stations and the wireless core network.
The key areas that require testing and validating are:
•Layers 2 and 3: While the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) does not require a specific configuration, it allows various network and transport-level options to be used. At the initial stage of the deployment process, there is a need for multi-technology testing and validation of transport layers.
•Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Deployment: Even though IPv6 is required for LTE, networks continue to use IPv4; therefore, development of combined IPv4 nodes and possible dual IPv4/IPv6 stack systems for deployment is expected in the industry. Today's mobile devices are expected to support both IPv4 and IPv6 and to connect at the same time to IPv4/IPv6 packet data networks, so IPv4/IPv6 integration must be carefully tested.
•IP-routing: Network addressing is a challenge in the IP realm. Mobility management entities (MMEs) are expected to support thousands of evolved node B (eNodeBs) positioned across numerous private or public networks. Random and methodical addressability tests are necessary for the evolved packet core (EPC) architecture.
Segmentation by geographic region:
•North America: The United States and Canada.
•Europe: Belgium, France, Denmark, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.
•Asia-Pacific: Countries on the Western border of the Pacific Ocean, including those on the Indo-Chinese peninsula, the Pacific Islands and Central Asia.
•Rest of World: Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Central and South America), and regions not mentioned above, particularly the Caribbean islands, the Middle East, and Africa.
The Tier I companies covered in this research service include Agilent Technologies, Anritsu, and Rohde & Schwarz.
Tier II vendors consist of LitePoint/Teradyne, Anite, Spirent Communications, Ixia, Aeroflex, JDSU, and National Instruments.
Other participants include Azimuth Systems, EXFO, Tektronix, Keithley Instruments, Fluke Networks, and DingLi. This list is not comprehensive.
Key Questions This Study Will Answer
• Is the market growing? How long will it continue to grow and at what rate?
• Does the wireless test equipment market present future opportunities for vendors?
• What are the key drivers and restraints that will affect this market during the forecast period?
• What are the technology trends in the global wireless test equipment market?
• Does the existing wireless test equipment meet end-user needs?
• Which are the market participants to watch?
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