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Free Space Optics (FSO) Communication Market - By Platform (Terrestrial, Satellite, Airborne), By Application (Mobile Backhaul, Enterprise Connectivity, Disaster Recovery, Defense, Satellite) & Forecast, 2021-2027

  • Report ID: GMI3794
  • Published Date: Nov 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Free Space Optics (FSO) Communication Market size exceeded USD 200 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 35% CAGR from 2021 to 2027. Rising penetration of smartphones is influencing the industry growth spectrum. Favorable government initiatives to enable seamless adoption of IoT in different industry verticals will also largely assist the rapid deployment of FSO communication systems throughout the global landscape. The growing demand for high-speed broadband connectivity and increasing technological advancements across the telecom & military sectors are driving the market expansion.

Free Space Optics (FSO) Communication Market

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The COVID-19 restrictions globally resulted in increasing adoption of the work-from-home trend which resulted in rising demand for strong data transition. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic positively impacted the FSO communication market demand due to a significant rise in the BYOD trend.

In Canada, growing demand for high-speed data transmission

Canada FSO Communication Market Size By Platform

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The terrestrial platform segment in Canada held around 45% of the revenue share in 2020 owing to its advantages such as high-speed optical communications links that are deployed for data transmission from satellites to terrestrial sites. The National Information and Communication Technology (NICT) is developing a terrestrial free-space optical communication network called INNOVA for future airborne and satellite-based optical communication projects. For instance, various ground stations and environmental monitoring stations across Japan are used to explore the site diversity concept.

Increasing need for Satellite-to-Satellite communication across the UK

UK FSO Communication Market Share By Application

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In the UK, satellite application is expected to witness growth rate of about 40% through 2027 driven by the growing need for Satellite-to-Satellite communication across various applications. FSO communication systems require few onboard satellite resources due to their smaller form factor and easy to integrate into satellite platforms. This beneficial advantage is anticipated to support the free space optics communication market growth. The increasing government spending on R&D activities across FSO communication technology is also fueling the regional industry statistics.

North America to dominate the FSO communication market

 North America FSO Communication Market Share By Country

North America is predicted to generate a revenue of above USD 1 billion by 2027 on account of rising digitalization that has enabled enterprises to expand the accessibility of their resources. Enterprises are deploying FSO communication systems for an extensive amount of data transmission. The increasing smartphone penetration, BYOD trend, and multiple government initiatives to accelerate digital transformation across enterprises are likely to spur the market revenue. The FSO communication technology is used across various applications such as mobile backhaul and satellite communication.

Continuous product innovation is the key market strategy

Industry players are emphasizing on upgrading their product portfolios. For instance, in November 2021, Mostcom introduced a new free space optics equipment model, M1-GE-SL, that has features similar to M1-GE-L and will offer improved communication characteristics of up to 15 km. It includes several key features such as last-mile access, point-to-point links, services accelerations, and others.

Some of the major FSO communication market players include ADVA, AIRLINX Communications, Inc., Cailabs, CBL Communication by Light, Collinear Networks, Inc., EC System, fSONA, Mostcom JSC, Mynaric AG, Plaintree, Redline Infrastructure, and SA PHOTONICS, INC.

The market research report on free space optics (FSO) communication includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

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Market, By Platform

  • Terrestrial
  • Satellite
  • Airborne

Market, By Application

  • Mobile Backhaul
  • Enterprise Connectivity
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Defense
  • Satellite
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • GCC


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of free space optics communication surpassed USD 200 million in 2020 and will grow at around 35% CAGR between 2021 and 2027 on account of growing adoption of smartphones and high-speed broadband connectivity.

North America market is poised to garner USD 1 billion by 2027 owing to BYOD trend and robust government policies.

U.K. free space optics (FSO) communication industry from satellite application will observe more than 40% CAGR up to 2027 due to the investments in R&D activities.

CBL Communication by Light, AIRLINX Communications, Inc., Collinear Networks, Inc., Mostcom JSC, Redline Infrastructure, Mynaric AG and fSONA are some of the major companies in the market.

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  • Base Year: 2020
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