The global RF-over-Fiber (RFoF) market's revenue growth is largely attributed to increased technological demand as a result of benefits including reduced signal loss across distances of several kilometres without the requirement for amplification. Therefore, it is anticipated that demand for RF over fiber will increase throughout the forecast period due to the benefit of keeping a flat frequency response over the whole frequency band and the lightweight characteristic. The cost-effectiveness of RF-over-fiber technology compared to high-end, low loss coaxial cable and slope correction amplifier is also anticipated to boost demand soon.
A recession can significantly impact the market for RF over fiber because it can lower demand for the technology and cut spending on R&D. As a result of a recession, firms may limit spending and cut back on the purchase of new technology. This could result in businesses postponing or scrapping projects that use RF over fiber technology, lowering demand for it. In addition, a recession may reduce spending on RF over fiber technology R&D. businesses may have less money available for developing new products, which will slow down the sector's innovation rate.
RFoF is Widely Used in the Military Sector to Upgrade Communication Networks, which is Driving Market Growth
The RFoF module is used in several military applications to meet the demands for dependable optical communication systems and information transmission in challenging environments. The control room network systems are continuously and securely connected to the antennas and various shelters thanks to RFoF. ViaLite introduced the wideband RF optic fiber link with a 10 MHz-3 GHz bandwidth in July 2022 for use in the military. The new link can connect satellite antennas, control centers, and network operation centres with 100% improved IF and L-Band HTS connections. It has 1 m to 50 km transmission ranges and connects to monitor and control (M&C) systems for remote monitoring. In order to successfully carry out important, high-risk missions, it would help establish trustworthy communication amongst militants and monitor key situations.
High Capital Investments to Limit Market Growth
High bandwidth and speed are just two benefits of RF-over-fiber networks. It also requires a sizable initial investment, though. The parts of a fiber optic network are relatively expensive. This is why alternatives like copper cables are still favored in sectors where cost plays a significant role in deciding on the best type of network. LDCs like the Gambia, Afghanistan, and Tanzania still struggle with 100% 2G/3G access, which is far behind the 5G technologies that are currently accessible. ITU published a report in September 2022 titled "Connectivity in the Least Developed Countries: Status Report 2021." (The International Telecommunication Union). According to the report, only 25% of the 1 billion people living in 46 LCDs and accessing mobile broadband are online. This is brought on by low levels of human development, income inequality, and other factors that have an impact on digital progress.
Based on modules, the RF over fiber market is segmented into transceivers, optical amplifiers, antennas, optical switches, optical cables and others. The optical amplifiers category dominated the market in 2022. With RF over fiber technology, optical signals can be amplified without first being converted into electrical signals using an electronic device known as an optical amplifier. A signal's power is increased by an optical amplifier in order to make up for losses that occur as it travels across long distances. Signal amplification in optical amplifiers takes place through a process known as stimulated emission.
By Frequency Band
Based on frequency band, the RF over fiber market is segmented into L band, S band, Ka band, C band, K band, X band and Ku band. The L band category dominated the market in 2022. It has been the frequency band that has been used the most frequently worldwide. Low-earth orbit satellites, military satellites, and terrestrial wireless communications like GSM mobile phones all use L-band RF over fiber technologies.
Based on vertical, the RF over fiber market is segmented into civil and military. The civil category dominated the market in 2022. With the huge rise in IoT users, the civil sector is widely utilising RF-over-fiber to fulfil the growing demand for high bandwidth communication networks and cutting edge internet systems globally. SFP and SFP+ are among the optical transceivers/RFoF components that Broadcom unveiled in April 2022.
By Frequency Range
Based on frequency range, the RF over fiber market is segmented into less than 30 GHz, 30 GHz to 40 GHz, 40 GHz to 50 GHz and more than 50 GHz. The less than 30 GHz category dominated the market in 2022. Applications that run at less than 30 GHz fall under another frequency range portion of the RF over fiber market. Wi-Fi is a popular form of wireless networking that uses the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. Similar to this, cellular communication, which is used for mobile phone and data communication, operates in the frequency range of 800 MHz to 2.6 GHz.
By Organization Size
Based on organization size, the RF over fiber market is segmented into large scale organization, medium scale organization and small scale organization. The large scale organization category dominated the market in 2022. Big companies in the RF over fiber industry often employ more than 500 people and can be found in a number of sectors, including data centre management, aerospace and defence, and telecommunications. These companies may need connections with high bandwidth and low latency due to the complexity of their communication systems, which makes RF over fiber technology an appealing option.
Based on application, the RF over fiber market is segmented into telecommunications, broadcast, navigation, radar and broadband. The telecommunication category dominated the market in 2022. One of the biggest and most significant uses of RF over fiber technology is in telecommunications. The technology enables dependable and quick communication between many sites by transferring high-speed data over large distances. Cell towers are linked to the main network using RF over fiber technology to provide high-speed data transfer and increase coverage.
The Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest share of the RF over fiber market over the forecast period. Due to a rise in the use of smart devices, high bandwidth communication networks and fast internet systems are becoming more and more necessary in this area, which explains the increased adoption of RF-over-fiber. In order to maintain consumer services, several emerging nations in this region are converting to cutting-edge technology and using RFoF. In several of the growing nations in this region, like India and South Korea, an increase in the use of high-speed internet is causing RFoF to grow significantly. On the other hand, the North America RF over fiber market is anticipated to grow significantly because of the region's dramatically rising investment levels. The market growth is accelerated by investments, a high demand for RoFs, and expanding telecom and electronics industries. Furthermore, The demand for RoF goods is predicted to rise as a result of the growing number of government initiatives and infrastructure improvements.
LIST OF KEY COMPANIES PROFILED:
- EMCORE Corporation
- APIC Corporation
- Optical Zonu Corp
- Gooch & Housego PLC
- Global Invacom
- SEIKOH GIKEN CO., LTD.
- II-VI Incorporated
- DEV Systemtechnik GmbH
- Syntonics LLC
- ETL Systems Ltd
- Olabs Technology Company Limited
- RFOptic Ltd
- MicroComp Nordic AB
- In July 2022, ViaLite in their RF-over-fiber market report announced the launch of the L-Band HTS link (700-2450 MHz) which is the most commonly used RF-over-fiber link in satellite communications.
|Market Size in 2022||USD 569.5 Million|
|Market Forecast in 2030||USD 1036.7 Million|
|Compound Annual Growth Rate||10.50 %|
|Unit||Revenue (USD Million) and Volume (Kilo Tons)|
|Segmentation||By Modules, By Frequency Band, By Vertical, By Frequency Range, By Organization Size, By Application and By Geography|
|By Frequency Band||
|By Frequency Range||
|By Organization Size||