- Published: 11 October 2021
Driven by commercial 5G network deployments despite the pandemic, the global mobile network drive test equipment market is projected to reach $522.5 million by 2025, from $253.2 million in 2020, growing at a 15.6% CAGR, according to a report by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, led by China, is expected to be the fastest-growing market for mobile network drive test equipment on account of smart city initiatives and 5G deployments. North America is expected to exhibit the second-fastest growth rate, followed by Europe and the Rest of World (RoW) due to limited deployment of 5G, and the technology being in the infancy stage, as per the report.
"Deployment of fifth-generation new radio (5G NR) is creating complex and new drive testing requirements. Today, most 5G networks are rolled out in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, increasing the demand for drive testing and propagation model tuning," said Sujan Sami, Research Manager at Frost & Sullivan.
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Register Now Limited Seats Available "The future of drive testing is focused on predictive and proactive testing probes and full automation. The market will move from reactive testing to predictive and proactive testing probes due to an increase in 5G NR deployment and ML algorithm initiatives over the next two years,” Sami added.
The firm suggests vendors develop 5G NR drive testing based on user-centric testing to address device performance challenges, including internal antenna placement and interference. It urges suppliers to combine Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) for root cause analysis, and offering drone-based solutions along with ground-level drive testing.
"Workflow automation and cloud analytics are new areas in which drive test solutions need to evolve to a higher level of market maturity. Also, more initiatives are in place to connect drive test solutions through the cloud, enabling immediate response and analysis via remote diagnostics streaming to a cloud-based orchestrated solution,” Sami further said.
Quelle/Source: ET Telecom, 04.11.2021