1Q 2018

Smart City Communication Networks Market Overview

Wired, Wireless, Public, and Private Networks for Smart City Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

As the global smart city market moves into a period of increasing maturity, a growing focus on the underlying communication networks will enable this next stage of development. The communication networks that connect the sensors, controllers, cameras, and other hardware infrastructure capturing valuable data from the city environment are a fundamental building block of the smart city. However, the market for smart city communication networks remains highly fragmented, reflecting the diversity of use cases of smart city applications, each with their own connectivity requirements.

A wide range of communication network options exist today, including fiber, radio frequency (RF) mesh, cellular, Wi-Fi, power line communications (PLC), and low power wide area networks (LPWANs) such as LoRa and Sigfox. With the Internet of Things (IoT) market set to expand over the next 10 years, there is a need for continued evolution of these networks. This is also driving interest in emerging cellular offerings such as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE-Cat-M1, and 5G networks. Smart city communication technologies need to support a wide spectrum of applications and connect massive numbers of devices in a reliable and secure manner. According to Navigant Research, the global smart city communication networks market is expected to grow from $5.8 billion in 2018 to $13.4 billion in 2027.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the challenges and opportunities for smart city communication networks, with a focus on the five main sectors: smart energy, smart water, smart mobility, smart buildings, and smart government. The study explores the market issues and dynamics associated with smart city communications and covers the viewpoint of communication service providers, communication infrastructure vendors, IT vendors, and city governments. Global market forecasts, segmented by region and industry sector, extend through 2027. The report also examines the key communication technologies related to smart city communication infrastructure, as well as the competitive landscape.

Pages 70
Tables | Charts | Figures 32

  • What are the different types of smart city communication networks, what applications are they used in, and what are their relative advantages and disadvantages?
  • How will the market for smart city communication networks evolve over the next 10 years?
  • How do communication technologies vary across the different smart city industry sectors?
  • Which smart city communication networks will take a leading position in the marketplace?
  • What is the revenue market opportunity for smart city communication networks?
  • Which smart city sectors should communication service providers focus on?

  • Communication infrastructure vendors
  • Telecom equipment manufacturers
  • Communication service providers
  • IT infrastructure vendors
  • IT systems integrators
  • City governments and local councils
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Market Issues and Trends

1.3   The Market Opportunity

2. Market Issues

2.1   Building the Connected City

2.2   Market Trends and Updates

2.3   The Role of Smart Infrastructure in Key Sectors

2.3.1   Smart Energy

2.3.2   Smart Water

2.3.3   Smart Mobility

2.3.3.1   Intelligent Transportation Systems

2.3.3.2   Automated Vehicles

2.3.3.3   Smart Parking Systems

2.3.4   Smart Buildings

2.3.5   Smart Government

2.3.5.1   Smart Street Lighting

2.3.5.2   Smart Waste

2.3.5.3   Public Safety and Security

2.3.5.4   Air Quality and Environmental Monitoring and Management

2.4   Case Studies

2.4.1   Bristol, UK

2.4.2   Manchester, UK

2.4.3   San Diego, California

2.4.4   Toronto, Canada

2.5   Market Dynamics

2.5.1   An Evolving Ecosystem

2.5.2   Standards

2.5.3   Smart City Platforms

2.5.3.1   Intersection with Street Lighting

2.5.4   Security and Privacy

2.5.5   Communication Infrastructure: Realizing the Value of City Assets

3. Technology Issues

3.1   Scope of Technology Assessment

3.2   Licensed Versus Unlicensed Spectrum

3.3   Public Versus Private Networks

3.4   Smart City Communication Requirements

3.5   Trends in Smart City Communication Infrastructure

3.5.1   Cellular 3G/4G

3.5.2   5G

3.5.2.1   5G and Smart Cities

3.5.3   RF Mesh

3.5.4   Low Power Networks

3.5.4.1   LoRa/LoRaWAN

3.5.4.2   NB-IoT and LTE-Cat-M1

3.5.4.3   Sigfox

3.5.5   PLC

3.5.6   Fiber

3.5.7   Wi-Fi

3.5.8   Comparative Analysis of Network Options

4. Key Industry Players

4.1   Smart City Communication Infrastructure and Solution Providers

4.1.1   Cisco

4.1.2   Echelon

4.1.3   Ericsson

4.1.4   Huawei

4.1.5   NEC

4.1.6   Nokia

4.1.7   Senet

4.1.8   Silver Spring Networks (Itron)

4.1.9   Telensa

4.2   Telecom Service Providers

4.2.1   AT&T

4.2.2   Deutsche Telekom

4.2.3   Orange Group

4.2.4   Sigfox

4.2.5   Telefónica

4.2.6   Verizon

4.2.7   Vodafone

5. Market Forecasts

5.1   Scope

5.2   Smart City Communication Networks Market Opportunity

5.3   Forecasts by Industry Sector

5.4   Smart City Communication Network Equipment and Service Revenue

5.5   Conclusions and Recommendations

5.5.1   Recommendations for Communication Solution Vendors

5.5.2   Recommendations for Telcos and Other Connectivity Providers

5.5.3   Recommendations for Cities

6. Acronym and Abbreviation List

7. Table of Contents

8. Table of Charts and Figures

9. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

  • Navigant Research Smart City Model
  • Smart City Suppliers Ecosystem
  • Small Cells Needed to Densify Existing Cellular Networks
  • The Three Legs of 5G Networks
  • Three Elements of 5G Come Together in the Smart City
  • Network Traffic Grows as Revenue per GB used Falls
  • Benefits of LTE-Cat-M1 and NB-IoT for Massive IoT
  • Total Smart City Communication Network Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart City Communication Network Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Percentage of Smart City Communication Network Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2018
  • Percentage of Smart City Communication Network Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Equipment Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Service Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart City Communication Network Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2018-2027

  • Smart City Application Communication Requirements and Expectations
  • LPWA Technologies Comparison
  • Comparative Analysis of Smart City Communication Network Options
  • Comparative Analysis
  • Total Smart City Communication Network Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart City Communication Network Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Equipment Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Equipment Revenue by Industry, North America: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Equipment Revenue by Industry, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Equipment Revenue by Industry, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Equipment Revenue by Industry, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Equipment Revenue by Industry, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Service Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Service Revenue by Industry, North America: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Service Revenue by Industry, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Service Revenue by Industry, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Service Revenue by Industry, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Smart City Communication Network Service Revenue by Industry, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027

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