Bluetest's RTS65 reverberation chamber

Expected Growth for the OTA testing market to 2023

  • offers market research entitled “OTA Testing Market by Offering (Hardware, and Services), Technology (5G, LTE, UMTS, GSM, CDMA), Applications (Telecommunication & Consumer Devices, Automotive, Smart City, Industrial), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023”.
  • According to this study, the market for OTA (Over-The-Air) tests is estimated at 1.09 billion dollars in 2018 and should reach 1.77 billion dollars by 2023, recording an average annual growth rate of 10.13% between 2018 and 2023.

The growth of the OTA testing market is driven by the evolution of 5G technology and the IoT market.

The main challenges for the OTA testing market are antenna array complexity, antenna calibration and antenna irregularity.

The development of connected and autonomous cars is a factor favouring the growth of OTA tests in the automotive and transport sectors. OTA tests assess the interoperability and performance of antennas used for wireless communications.

Multiple Input Multiple Ouput (MIMO) system OTA performance testing assesses the user experience by reproducing the actual radio network conditions as seen by the vehicle antenna array. They use channel emulators in conjunction with an anechoic or reverberation chamber to emulate urban, rural and indoor radio environments.

By 2017, the Asia Pacific region (APAC) had the largest market share and growth in OTA testing. Countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and India are investing heavily in the implementation of IoT and M2M communication infrastructures, which should stimulate the OTA testing market in APAC. North America represents the second largest market share of OTA testing driven by IoT applications followed by Europe.