In-Building Wireless (IBW) systems are showing solid adoption rates and should register almost $10 billion worth of deployments next year, according to the latest forecasts from ABI Research.

Corporate campuses, airports and railway stations, and retail shopping centers (in that order) are the leading verticals where the need for good indoor cellular coverage and throughput is driving the IBW market. Healthcare facilities follow close behind.

According to ABI analyst Xavier Ortiz, “The primary drivers for IBW markets are the constantly-growing amount of data traffic, the rapid uptake of smartphones and other data-oriented devices, and consumers’ heightened service expectations. Many organizations now appreciate the added value IBW systems can bring, and the economic recovery now under way in many regions has meant the resumption of deployments that were shelved during the worst of the slump.”

The majority of deployments will continue to be found in the Asia-Pacific region, with its high population density and mobile penetration. Europe and North America show consistent but much lower levels of activity with roughly equal deployment numbers in each region.

While the three largest IBW vendors (TE Connectivity, Andrew and Corning/Mobile Access) command almost 60 percent of this complex ecosystem worldwide, it is by innovating that the smaller players can build a track record and boost their reputations.

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