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The Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market size is expected to reach US$ 21.98 billion by 2030, from US$ 10.93 billion in 2023, at a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period. MIMO is a wireless technology that uses multiple transmitters and receivers to transfer more data at the same time. It offers higher throughput, extended coverage, improved link reliability, and increased capacity. The market is driven by the rising demand for high-speed data services. The Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market is segmented by technology, application, type, antenna type, end user and region. By technology, the market is categorized into LTE advanced, LTE, HSPA+, WiMAX, GSM, CDMA and others. LTE advanced is the largest segment, owing to its higher data speed and greater spectrum efficiency.

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market during the forecast period, accounting for over 35% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to early adoption of MIMO technology by telecom operators and investments in 5G infrastructure.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the second-largest market for Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market, accounting for over 30% of the market share in 2022. The growth is attributed to increasing smartphone penetration and rising investments in 4G/5G networks.
  • The Middle East & Africa market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market, with a CAGR of over 25% during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to government initiatives for digital transformation and growing demand for high-speed mobile broadband.

Figure 1. Global Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Share (%), by Region, 2023

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Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Drivers:

  • Increasing Demand for High-Speed Data Services: The rising demand for seamless connectivity and high-speed data services is driving the adoption of MIMO technology. MIMO offers higher bandwidth and throughput to support data-intensive applications.
  • Growth of 4G/5G Networks: MIMO is an integral part of 4G and 5G networks. Telecom operators are making significant investments in these networks, which is fueling the growth of the MIMO market. For instance, in 2022, Verizon launched its 5G MIMO network in over 30 cities in the US.
  • Technological Advancements in MIMO: Advancements such as multi-user MIMO, massive MIMO, and 3D MIMO are expanding the application scope of the technology. These are expected to improve network efficiencies in the coming years.
  • Increasing Demand from Enterprises: Growing BYOD trend and digital transformation initiatives among enterprises are increasing the demand for robust wireless connectivity. This is expected to boost the adoption of MIMO technology.

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Opportunities:

  • Use of AI and ML to Improve Performance: Use of AI/ML algorithms to optimize beamforming, user scheduling, and interference management can significantly improve the performance of MIMO systems. Companies like Qualcomm are investing in this area.
  • Adoption in Defense, Industrial IoT: MIMO technology presents lucrative opportunities in sectors such as defense, industrial IoT, agriculture etc. It can enable reliable machine-to-machine communication over a large area.
  • Development of New MIMO Techniques: Emerging techniques such as 3D beamforming, transformer MIMO hold promise to further enhance the capabilities of MIMO technology in the future.
  • Commercialization of 5G Standalone Networks: Launch of 5G standalone networks will unlock the full potential of MIMO, supporting new advanced use cases. This presents significant opportunities for market growth.

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 10.93 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 10.5% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 21.98 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Technology: LTE Advanced, LTE, HSPA+, WiMAX, GSM, CDMA, Others (WLAN, 5G, etc.)
  • By Type: Single Input Multiple Output (SIMO), Multiple Input Single Output (MISO), Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)
  • By Application: Cellular Networks, Wireless Networks, Broadband Wireless Systems, Defense and Military, Others (Navigation, Radar, etc.)
  • By Antenna Type: Multi-band Antenna, Broadband Antenna, Segmented Antenna, Distributed Antenna, Smart Antenna, Adaptive Antenna, Others (Omnidirectional, Directional, etc.) 
  • By End User: Telecom Operators, Automotive, Government, Healthcare, Others (Industrial, Enterprise, etc.)
Companies covered:

Qualcomm, Huawei, Intel, Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE, NEC, Aviat Networks, Ceragon Networks, DragonWave, Comba Telecom, CommScope, Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors, Analog Devices, Broadcom, MediaTek, Murata Manufacturing, Qorvo

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing Demand for High-Speed Data Services
  • Growth of 4G/5G Networks
  • Technological Advancements in MIMO
  • Increasing Demand from Enterprises
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High Infrastructure Costs
  • Complex Signal Processing
  • Interference Issues

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Trends:

  • Use of Higher Frequency Bands: MIMO is being increasingly deployed in higher frequency bands such as mmWave to offer multi-gigabit speeds in 5G networks. Companies like Qualcomm, Ericsson are focused on mmWave MIMO. 
  • Transition Towards Open RAN: Open RAN architectures using software-based signal processing and virtualization are gaining momentum. This is expected to reduce costs and improve interoperability.
  • Incorporation of Advanced Signal Processing: Advanced signal processing techniques like coordinated multipoint (CoMP) and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) are enhancing system performance. Their adoption is on the rise.
  • Development of Massive MIMO: Massive MIMO using a large number of antennas is a major 5G trend. It offers superior spatial multiplexing and beamforming capabilities. 
  • Integration With New Technologies: MIMO technology is being integrated with new technologies like V2X communications, Wi-Fi 6/6E, NB-IoT, to enable new applications.

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Restraints:

  • High Infrastructure Costs: Implementation of MIMO requires installation of multiple antennas and RF chains. This increases the infrastructure costs significantly limiting adoption.
  • Complex Signal Processing: The complex signal processing algorithms result in increased latency. This hinders performance for some low latency applications.
  • Interference Issues: Closely packed antennas lead to increased interference which can negatively impact performance. Mitigating interference remains a challenge.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • Qualcomm recently unveiled its new Snapdragon X65 5G modem featuring 3GPP Release 16 MIMO technology to accelerate 5G deployment.
  • Ericsson launched Street Macro 6701, its 5G mMIMO radio optimized for urban environments. It offers increased coverage and capacity. 
  • Huawei introduced its 5G MIMO antenna solutions such as BladeAAU and BookRRU for various scenarios to enable high performance 5G networks.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • Qualcomm partnered with Corning to develop 5G mmWave infrastructure systems with high bandwidth MIMO capabilities.
  • Ericsson collaborated with MediaTek to accelerate 5G adoption by developing interoperable solutions compliant with 3GPP standards.
  • Huawei partnered with Antennix, a maker of cutting-edge antennas and RF technology to strengthen its 5G portfolio.

Figure 2. Global Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market Share (%), by Type, 2023

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Top companies in Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Market

  • Qualcomm
  • Huawei
  • Intel
  • Samsung
  • Nokia
  • Ericsson
  • ZTE
  • NEC
  • Aviat Networks
  • Ceragon Networks
  • DragonWave
  • Comba Telecom
  • CommScope
  • Texas Instruments
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Analog Devices
  • Broadcom
  • MediaTek
  • Murata Manufacturing
  • Qorvo

*Definition: Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) is a wireless technology that uses multiple transmitters and receivers (multiple antennas) to transfer more data simultaneously over the same radio channel. This increases the data transfer speed, throughput, and range of wireless systems. MIMO employs advanced signal processing algorithms to exploit multipath propagation for enhancing the spectral efficiency of wireless systems. It is used in various wireless communication standards like LTE, WiFi, and 5G NR to significantly boost network capacity and coverage. MIMO can be implemented in different configurations like SIMO, MISO, and MIMO depending on the number of transmitters and receivers used.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some key factors hampering the market are high costs, interference issues, lack of technical expertise, delays in 5G commercialization, spectrum congestion, lack of infrastructure in rural areas and standardization issues.

Major factors driving market growth are rising demand for high-speed data services, growth in 4G/5G networks, adoption in automotive sector, technological advancements such as Massive MIMO and increasing demand from enterprises.

The antennas segment leads the market owing to the higher number of antennas required for MIMO systems.

The major players in the market are Qualcomm, Huawei, Intel, Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE, NEC, Aviat Networks, Ceragon Networks, and others.

North America is expected to continue leading the market during the forecast period.
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