Wireless, Wi-Fi, RFID & Cellular Industry Market Research

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Wireless & Cellular OVERVIEW

Wireless communications, including such fields as mobile entertainment, RFID, mobile banking and cellphone service, continues to be one of the hottest of the world’s industrial sectors.  There were approximately 9.1 billion global wireless communications subscriptions by the end of 2022, according to Plunkett Research estimates. (Since some people have more than one subscription, the number of individual subscribers is significantly lower.) 
The latest smartphones feature a dizzying array of advanced features.  In addition, smartphones and tablets are internet-capable, typically able to take full advantage of high-speed access on 4G networks (and, to a growing extent, newer 5G networks).  This means that small, lightweight smartphones and tablets can do most of the work of a standard desktop PC.  Consumers love the flexibility and capability of smartphones, and by some estimates spend an average of three hours per day using them in the U.S.  When considering this development, it is important not to overlook the way that smartphones have disrupted traditional business sectors.  For example, thanks to the powerful cameras built into smartphones, the number of photos taken by consumers has soared at an astonishing rate, while sales of traditional cameras have plummeted.
Plunkett Research estimated that there were 390.3 million mobile wireless connections in the U.S. by the end of 2022.  Total U.S. wireless service company revenues were about $310.0 billion during 2022, according to Plunkett Research estimates. 
By 2022, 88% of U.S. cellphone users were on smartphones, according to Plunkett Research estimates, compared to only 61% in early 2013. 
Consolidation of wireless service providers has been a strong trend worldwide over recent years.  Sprint and competitor T-Mobile completed a merger on April 1, 2020. 
China is the world’s largest cellular market.  China Mobile Ltd. is China’s largest carrier with 975.0 million subscriptions as of December 2022.  China Unicom is second with 861.7 million.  4G connections were dominant in China by 2017, and 5G posted rapid growth beginning in 2020. 
In India, the largest carrier is Airtel, with 491.0 million subscribers.  In second place is Reliance Jio, at 430.2 million, which was launched by the giant industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries India.  Reliance’s Jio committed to a $25 billion, multiyear investment in 5G systems, starting in 2022.
Mobile banking is one of the most popular services for cellphone users in the emerging world, as wireless innovation is bringing banking services to remote areas for the first time ever, while sophisticated banking apps are extremely popular in developed nations such as the U.S. and Japan.  FinTech companies have brought mobile financial services to a new level worldwide, with innovative ways to make digital payments, investments, banking transactions and funds transfers.
The wireless sector incorporates a great deal more than cellphone services, ranging from satellite-based communications to vast wireless Wi-Fi networks in corporate and public spaces.  There is no end in sight to the rapid acceleration of wireless.  RFID equipment prices are plummeting while adoption is growing on a global basis—this technology is vital for tracking physical inventories using digital methods.  Practical uses for smartphones are growing endlessly.  Applications for remote wireless sensors of all types (often referred to as the Internet of Things or IoT) are about to soar as technologies improve and costs decline.  The most important wireless industry sectors for future growth and advancing technologies include self-driving vehicles, management of “smart cities,” sports, entertainment, energy management and monitoring, advertising and health care (including personal health monitoring).


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Plunkett Research Provides Unique Analysis of the Following Major Trends in the Wireless, Wi-Fi, RFID & Cellular Industry

  1. Introduction to the Wireless Industry
  2. 5G Wireless Networks Rollout Worldwide, Enabling the Internet of Things (IoT)/Massive Investments Required
  3. Wi-Fi Enables Wireless Traffic Growth, Including the Internet of Things (IoT)
  4. Wireless Service Subscriptions Worldwide Reach 9.1 Billion
  5. RFID Drives Inventory Management Evolution
  6. Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring Rely on Wireless
  7. Hotels Adopt Smartphones and In-Room Tablets to Deliver Services, Speed Check-In and Replace Room Keys
  8. Wireless Information Systems Surge Ahead in Vehicles: Telematics, Intelligent Transportation (ITS) and Real Time Traffic Information
  9. In Emerging Nations, mChek and M-PESA Enable Remote Banking via Cellphone
  10. Smartphones and Financial Technology (FinTech) Enable New Mobile Payment Methods
  11. Location-Based Services (LBS) Enhance Smartphones and Mobile Advertising
  12. Global Mobile Apps Revenues Hit $167 Billion Yearly
  13. The Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M to Boom, Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Open New Avenues for Hacking
  14. Carriers Reinstate Unlimited Access Plans for Smartphones/Face Intense Subscription Price Competition
  15. Voice and Face Recognition Change the Wireless World, Enhanced Through Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  16. Wearable Sensors Track Exercise Data/Apparel and Shoe Manufacturers Adopt Technologies
  17. Smaller Satellites (SmallSats and CubeSats) and Low Earth Orbit Revolutionize Telecommunications
  18. LOE Satellites Enable Emergency Communications Via Smartphones
  19. Smart Cities Utilize Sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Create Privacy and Security Issues
  20. Overview of the Mobile Apps Industry
  21. Handset Makers Adopt Android, Push Advanced 4G and 5G Smartphones
  22. The Future of the Wireless Industry

Plunkett Research Provides In-Depth Tables for the Following Wireless, Wi-Fi, RFID & Cellular Industry Statistics

  1. Wireless, Wi-Fi, RFID & Cellular Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Internet Access Technologies Compared
  3. Wireless Standards & Speeds
  4. Number of Business & Residential High Speed Internet Lines, U.S.: 2018-2023
  5. Top Mobile Operators by Number of Subscribers, Worldwide
  6. Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite): Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2019-2022
  7. Satellite Telecommunications: Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2017-2021
  8. Wireless Telecommunications Industry (except Satellite) Employment, U.S.: 2014-April 2023

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