The 5G chipset market is expected to grow from USD 12.8 billion in 2020 to USD 67.2 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 26.7%.
The major factors driving the growth of the 5G chipset market are the growing demand for high-speed internet and broad network coverage, increasing cellular IoT connections, and an increase in mobile data traffic. However, the high cost of the 5G chipset is expected to restrain the growth of the market.
Rising demand for high-speed internet and large network coverage
Rising demand for high-speed internet and large network coverage for several applications, such as distance learning, autonomous driving, multiuser gaming, videoconferencing, live streaming, telemedicine, and augmented reality, is expected to propel the growth of the 5G chipset market.
Increasing demand for mobile broadband technology, high-speed data transfer, and data and information processing are driving the growth of 5G cellular technology. Also, it is likely to enhance mobile network performance capabilities and reduce the gap between poor to minimal network coverage and data connectivity that persists in current network generations (3G/4G).
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Increasing cellular IoT connections
The speed and reliability of 5G are expected to have a massive impact on machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT. Key reasons for the increased adoption of new M2M technologies are better connectivity for smooth communication and low power requirement. The existing capacity of mobile networks must be able to handle billions of nodes that are expected to ascend in the next couple of years to achieve effective M2M communication. Currently, the network capacity is incapable of handling M2M and human-based communications, as well as their different communication patterns such as latency time. For this reason, a next-level cellular network for mobile communication, featuring hyper-connectivity and larger bandwidth, is required (e.g., 5G network). M2M communication technology will be widely used in heavy manufacturing industries and process industries (e.g., food industries) to increase the efficiency of different processes and reduce human interference with machines. M2M communication is thus expected to drive the 5G chipset market.
Growing mobile data traffic
The continuous development of cellular networks has enabled users to experience faster data rates with low latency. The rapid rise in data volume has been largely driven by consumer demand for video, as well as business and consumer moves to use cloud services.
Demand for mobile data services is primarily driven by the growing use of services and applications in both consumer electronic devices and business-to-business (B2B) communication systems that are currently using/testing data-intensive applications such as AR and VR and 3D and ultra-HD video content.
High cost of 5G chipset for mobile devices
Prices of smartphone chipsets that support 5G are likely to be more expensive than the 4G ones available currently. First-generation 5G chipsets were limited to premium smartphones from 2019. Volume deployment of 5G devices based on second-generation chipsets is being seen in 2020, and third-generation chipsets will enable performance-optimized 5G devices in 2021. Qualcomm offers 5G support to its flagship Snapdragon 8-series SoC only, and a limited number of premium smartphones use it. The company has planned to significantly expand the 5G lineup by offering 5G the company’s 7-series and 6-series lineups. Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 690 are already available for mid-range smartphones. However, the company has not revealed any plans for 4-series chipset that are used in cheaper phones. The addition of 5G to cheaper phones would give the network technology a much broader audience. Qualcomm and MediaTek are expected to lower the prices of 5G chipsets for mid-range smartphones.