In-Flight Wi-Fi Market - Driven by Increasing Demand for in-Flight Connectivity

The global in-flight Wi-Fi market was valued at US$ 2,114.3 million in 2014 and is expected to witness a healthy CAGR of 14.9% from 2015 to 2021. The global in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented on the basis of type, technology and region. By type, the market is segmented into hardware and service.


Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/12/2016 -- Wi-Fi is a wireless communication technology that provides high-speed wireless connectivity over radio waves. Wi-Fi technology enables wireless connectivity through radio frequencies between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This technology is being increasingly deployed in enterprises, the transportation sector, etc. and is replacing wired LAN at a rapid pace. In the transportation sector, especially in air transport, in-flight Wi-Fi is gaining popularity across developed regions and is gaining traction in developing regions as well. In-flight Wi-Fi refers to onboard internet service on board aircraft, which can be accessed by passengers via personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

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This report covers the global in-flight Wi-Fi market performance in terms of revenue contribution. This section also includes PMR analysis of key trends, drivers, restraints, challenges and opportunities, which are influencing the global in-flight Wi-Fi market. Impact analysis of key growth drivers and restraints, based on the weighted average model, is included in this report to better equip clients with crystal clear decision-making insights.

The global in-flight Wi-Fi market is being driven by factors such as advancements in connectivity technologies, favorable regulations by aviation authorities across the globe, and increasing demand for in-flight connectivity and entertainment services by passengers, especially in developed regions. Furthermore, airlines are increasingly inclined towards using in-flight Wi-Fi services as a differentiating factor in order to enhance the overall passenger experience. This, in turn, is fueling the growth of the in-flight Wi-Fi market. However, factors such as lack of awareness regarding such services across developing and underdeveloped regions are expected to deter market growth.

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In this report, the global in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented by type, technology and region. By type, in-flight Wi-Fi market is segmented into hardware and service.

Hardware was the dominant segment in the global in-flight Wi-Fi market in 2014; however, the segment is poised to lose its dominance by the end of 2021.

By technology, satellite technology is expected to emerge as the dominant segment in the global in-flight Wi-Fi market by the end of 2021, accounting for around 60% share. Also, in terms of revenue, the segment is projected to expand at the highest CAGR of 26.6% during the forecast period.

Among all the regions, North America dominated the market with over 60% market share in 2014 and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the introduction of favorable regulations by aviation authorities in the region coupled with growing adoption of Wi-Fi technologies by domestic airlines in the U.S. and Canada. The in-flight Wi-Fi markets in Asia Pacific and Latin America are expected to expand at healthy CAGRs during the forecast period.

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Key players identified in the global In-Flight Wi-Fi market include Gogo Inc., Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Thales Group, SITA (OnAir), Honeywell International Inc., Kymeta Corporation, Thikom Solutions Inc., ViaSat Inc., EchoStar Corporation and others. These players have been profiled on the basis of various attributes such as company overview, recent developments, growth strategies, sustainability and financial overview.

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