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Global Visible Light Communication Market 2017-2021

  • Executive summary
  • Scope of the report
  • Research Methodology
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
  • Market landscape
    • Industry overview
      • Table Comparison between infrared and VLC
      • Table Comparison between RF and VLC
      • Table Comparison between VLC, Wi-Fi, and iBeacon
      • Table Anticipated uses of VLC
    • Market overview
      • Table Comparison of speed of different wireless technologies
      • Table Global VLC market overview
    • Market size and forecast
      • Table Global VLC market 2016-2021 ($ millions)
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis
  • Market segmentation by end-user
    • Table Global VLC market segmentation by end-user 2016
    • Table Global VLC market by end-user 2016-2021
    • Table Global VLC market by end-user 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in retail
      • Table Global VLC market in retail 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in consumer electronics
      • Table Global VLC market in consumer electronics 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in automotive and transportation
      • Table Global VLC market in automotive and transportation 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in healthcare
      • Table Global VLC market in healthcare 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in defense and security
      • Table Global VLC market in defense and security 2016-2021 ($ billions)
  • Market segmentation by application
    • Table Global VLC market by application 2016
    • Table Global VLC market by application 2016-2021 (% share)
    • Table Global VLC market by application 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in indoor networking
      • Table Global VLC market in indoor networking 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in LBS
      • Table Global VLC market in LBS 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in in-flight communication and entertainment
      • Table Global VLC market in in-flight communication and entertainment 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • Global VLC market in underwater communication
      • Table Global VLC market in underwater communication 2016-2021 ($ billions)
  • Geographical segmentation
    • Table Global VLC market by geography 2016
    • Table Global VLC market by geography 2016-2021
    • Table Global VLC market by geography 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • VLC market in Americas
      • Table VLC market in Americas 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • VLC market in APAC
      • Table VLC market in APAC 2016-2021 ($ billions)
    • VLC market in EMEA
      • Table VLC market in EMEA 2016-2021 ($ billions)
  • Market drivers
    • Faster and safer data transfer
    • Availability of greater bandwidth
    • IoT enabled by VLC
    • Unlicensed use, high data density, and high data rates
  • Impact of drivers
    • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
    • Dominance of competing technologies
    • FOV alignment and shadowing
    • Design limitations
    • Limited coverage
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
    • VLC-based 5G network
    • Adoption of LEDs
    • Increase in end-user applications
    • Commercialization of the technology for two-way communication
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Key vendors
    • Other prominent vendors
      • Table Other prominent vendors
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
  • Explore Technavio

Global Visible Light Communication Market 2017-2021

About Visible Light Communication

VLC is a wireless technology that uses light emanated from LED bulbs in order to provide a network for high-speed communication parallel to Wi-Fi. Thus, it is also referred to as Li-Fi. Visible light spectrum is 10,000 times larger than radio frequency spectrum, and it is considered as an answer to the bandwidth limitations of radio frequency. It uses visible light between 400 THz and 800 THz, with achievable data rates reaching 100 Mbps. It may be used as an individual solution, along with cellular network communication or radio-frequency. This technology is a faster and cheaper optical version of Wi-Fi.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global visible light communication market to grow at a CAGR of 77.86% during the period 2017-2021.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global visible light communication market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global Visible Light Communication Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • fSONA Networks
  • GE
  • LightPointe Communications
  • LVX System
  • Nakagawa Laboratories
  • Oledcomm
  • Outstanding Technology
  • Koninklijke Philips
  • pureLiFi
Other prominent vendors
  • Avago Technologies
  • Axrtek
  • ByteLight
  • Casio
  • IBSENtelecom
  • Lightbee
  • Luciom
  • Panasonic
  • Plaintree Systems
  • Renesas Electronics
  • Supreme Architecture
Market driver
  • Unlicensed use, high data density, and high data rates.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Dominance of competing technologies.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Commercialization of the technology for two-way communication.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Visible Light Communication Market 2017-2021

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global visible light communication market: fSONA Networks, GE, LightPointe Communications, LVX System, Nakagawa Laboratories, Oledcomm, Outstanding Technology, Koninklijke Philips, and pureLiFi.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Avago Technologies, Axrtek, ByteLight, Casio, IBSENtelecom, Lightbee, Luciom, Panasonic, Plaintree Systems, Renesas Electronics, and Supreme Architecture.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in market is adoption of LEDs. The energy efficiency, longevity, and cost effectiveness of LEDs will boost the adoption of these lighting devices. LEDs will gradually replace all fluorescent and incandescent lights in the market in the near future. The possibility of using LEDs for lighting as well as communication will likely be a factor that will speed up the adoption of these lights. For instance, if the lights in offices and houses are replaced with LEDs, free space optical communications can be achieved. This will allow wireless optical communication between phones, computers, sensors, and other indoor devices such as office and household applications. This model is also simple and easy to implement as it requires no additional hardware or infrastructure.”

According to the report, one driver in market is availability of greater bandwidth. With an enhanced lighting technology, VLC will offer a much greater bandwidth. The illumination LEDs that are currently in use are designed to be of low bandwidth, as they are supposed to deliver a constant illumination at high power. Nevertheless, the sector is moving toward RGB, where each individual channel has a higher bandwidth. One can also add several different colors to multiplex that is over different channels. For instance, laser LEDs are incorporated in BMW i8 headlights to have a very long range communication, and these have even higher bandwidths.The bandwidth frequency spectrum offered by visible light is larger than that offered by RF bandwidth. VLC bandwidth ranges from 400 THz to 800 THz, and RF frequency offers a bandwidth range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz.

Further, the report states that one challenge in market is design limitations. The receivers use an imaging sensor or photodiode for receiving signals. Photodiodes are used in stationary devices, and mobile devices use the imaging sensor due to the larger field of vision. However, image sensor operations are slow and consume more energy. This affects the overall data rate as the imaging sensor is designed for capturing images and videos and not for communication. Hence, it is a challenge to design the receiver that offers strength to device movements and FOV misalignments. The receiver should operate while consuming a minimum amount of energy to be useful on battery-powered mobile devices and to provide high-speed VLC.

Companies Mentioned

fSONA Networks, GE, LightPointe Communications, LVX System, Nakagawa Laboratories, Oledcomm, Outstanding Technology, Koninklijke Philips, pureLiFi, Avago Technologies, Axrtek, ByteLight, Casio, IBSENtelecom, Lightbee, Luciom, Panasonic, Plaintree Systems, Renesas Electronics, Supreme Architecture.

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