Wi-Fi is a wireless communication technology that provides high-speed wireless connectivity over radio waves. Wi-Fi technology enables wireless connectivity through radio frequencies between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This technology is being increasingly deployed in enterprises, the transportation sector, etc. and is replacing wired LAN at a rapid pace. In the transportation sector, especially in air transport, in-flight Wi-Fi is gaining popularity across developed regions and is gaining traction in developing regions as well. In-flight Wi-Fi refers to onboard internet service on board aircraft, which can be accessed by passengers via personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
This report covers the global in-flight Wi-Fi market performance in terms of revenue contribution. This section also includes PMR analysis of key trends, drivers, restraints, challenges and opportunities, which are influencing the global in-flight Wi-Fi market. Impact analysis of key growth drivers and restraints, based on the weighted average model, is included in this report to better equip clients with crystal clear decision-making insights.
The global in-flight Wi-Fi market is being driven by factors such as advancements in connectivity technologies, favorable regulations by aviation authorities across the globe, and increasing demand for in-flight connectivity and entertainment services by passengers, especially in developed regions. Furthermore, airlines are increasingly inclined towards using in-flight Wi-Fi services as a differentiating factor in order to enhance the overall passenger experience. This, in turn, is fueling the growth of the in-flight Wi-Fi market. However, factors such as lack of awareness regarding such services across developing and underdeveloped regions are expected to deter market growth.
In this report, the global in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented by type, technology and region. By type, in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented into hardware and service.
Hardware was the dominant segment in the global in-flight Wi-Fi market in 2014; however, the segment is poised to lose its dominance by the end of 2021.
By technology, satellite technology is expected to emerge as the dominant segment in the global in-flight Wi-Fi market by the end of 2021, accounting for around 60% share. Also, in terms of revenue, the segment is projected to expand at the highest CAGR of 26.6% during the forecast period.
Among all the regions, North America dominated the market with over 60% market share in 2014 and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the introduction of favorable regulations by aviation authorities in the region coupled with growing adoption of Wi-Fi technologies by domestic airlines in the U.S. and Canada. The in-flight Wi-Fi markets in Asia Pacific and Latin America are expected to expand at healthy CAGRs during the forecast period.
The in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented as follows:
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In-flight Wi-Fi refers to onboard internet service provided on aircraft, which can be accessed by passengers via personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Globally, the in-flight Wi-Fi market is witnessing significant growth due to increasing consumer inclination towards high bandwidth applications such as on-demand video streaming, watching high definition videos and surfing media-rich web pages while travelling by flight, especially in developed regions. Also, increasing awareness regarding in-flight Wi-Fi services in developing regions across the globe as well as favorable regulations by aviation authorities for usage of personal electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets during all phases of flight are also fueling the growth of the global in-flight Wi-Fi market. However, the high initial cost associated with the implementation of in-flight Wi-Fi hardware along with an increase in cabin weight with the installation of hardware, are leading to higher operational costs for airlines. This, in turn, is impeding the growth of the global in-flight Wi-Fi market to a certain extent.
The global in-flight Wi-Fi market was valued at US$ 2,114.3 million in 2014 and is expected to witness a healthy CAGR of 14.9% from 2015 to 2021. The global in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented on the basis of type, technology and region. By type, the market is segmented into hardware and service. Of these segments, hardware segment dominated the market in 2014, with over 60% market share in terms of revenue contribution.
By technology, the global in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented into air-to-ground technology and satellite technology. The air-to-ground technology was the dominant segment in 2014; however, satellite technology is anticipated to emerge as the dominant segment by 2021, due to growing adoption of satellite technologies such as Ku-band and Ka-band by airlines across the globe.
On the basis of geography, the global in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented into five major regions such as North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America; among these, North America was the largest regional market for in-flight Wi-Fi in 2014; however, revenue contribution by the region is expected to decline significantly by the end of 2021. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the fastest a CAGR of over 25% during the forecast period.
The key players operating in the global in-flight Wi-Fi market include Gogo Inc., Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., ViaSat Inc., Thales Group, Panasonic Corporation, Sita, Honeywell International Inc., Kymeta Corporation and Thinkom Solutions Inc.
Key players identified in the global In-Flight Wi-Fi market include:
These players have been profiled on the basis of various attributes such as company overview, recent developments, growth strategies, sustainability and financial overview.