Global Software-Defined Radios Market 2016-2020

  • Published: May 2016
  • Pages: 72
  • SKU: IRTNTR9480

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This market research study presents a comprehensive analysis of the global software-defined radios market by application (commercial, homeland security, and defense) and by geography (Americas, APAC, and EMEA). Leading vendors in the market are BAE Systems, L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, and Thales Group.

Overview of the software-defined radios (SDR) market

Software-defined radios (SDR) are partially or wholly software-configured radios that work on a common platform and have various applications in homeland security, defense, and commercial sectors as a secure and efficient mode of communication. SDRs exhibit wave portability so they can easily adopt software applications without the need for any hardware modifications. This feature of SDRs differentiates them from the conventional radios used in defense and homeland security. Moreover, SDRs also enhance their flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and interoperability which has led to its increasing adoption in both defense and commercial sectors. Also, SDRs are available in different versions for multiple civilian purposes. For instance, SDRs act as Wi-Fi frequency analyzers, which optimize the performance by analyzing the best suitable frequency for commercial purposes. Moreover, SDRs can be re-configured so multiple radios can be replaced with a single SDR, thereby easing its portability for the soldiers. According to the analysts at Technavio, the global SDR market is envisaged to witness impressive growth at a CAGR of close to 12% over the forecast period.

One of the most significant trends impelling the growth prospects for this market is the overall advancement of military programs through SDR technologies. Traditionally, soldiers carried multiple radios for a basic level of communication without any visuals. Moreover, the communication was not seamless due to interference laden-combat radios and saving the exchanged data for future reference was also not possible. However, with the emergence of SDRs, military radio communication systems have evolved drastically to ensure seamless exchange of data. Currently, SDRs not only provide interoperable communication but are also responsible for wireless tactical internet on the battlefield that connects to computers and provides cell phone-like connectivity. Additionally, it allows data transmission and facilitates voice control network in the form of intelligent data. With the increasing adoption and extensive applications of SDRs in military programs, the SDR market is anticipated to have a positive outlook in the coming years.

Segmentation by application and analysis of the SDR market

  • Commercial
  • Homeland security
  • Defense

During 2015, the defense segment dominated the market and is expected to reach more than USD 25 billion by 2020. SDRs are critical for the defense market as all wireless solutions can be combined into a single SDR device for electronic warfare, communications, and signal intelligence. They offer a low-latency link for faster and efficient transfer of information, emanation restoration, and signal jamming. The increasing demand for defense and military equipment around the world is expected to drive this segment’s growth until 2020.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the SDR market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In terms of geography, the Americas led the global SDR market and accounted for almost 36% of the market share in terms of revenue. The US was the highest revenue contributor to the SDR market in the Americas. Massive investments are being made in research programs for developing next-gen SDR that can accommodate X-band frequencies. Also, the increasing need to collaborate communications between governments, state, and federal agencies, such as police departments, fire brigades, paramedics, and emergency-response teams will contribute to the growth of this market over the next four years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global SDR market is highly competitive due to a constantly evolving market. The innovations satisfy the requirements of end-users and are a major driving force for the SDR market; however, there are only a few vendors in the market, leading to intense competition. The vendors compete on the basis of cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket service.

The leading vendors in the market are -

  • BAE Systems
  • L-3 Communications
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Thales Group

Other prominent vendors in the market include Harris Corporation, Raytheon, Data Link Solutions, ViaSat, and Rhode & Schwarz.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global SDR market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global SDR 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 vendors in the global SDR market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global SDR market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast

PART 05: Global aerospace and defense supply chain system

PART 06: Global aerospace and defense supply chain system

PART 07: Segmentation of global software defined radio by application

  • Segmentation of global SDR market by application
  • Global SDR market for defense application
  • Segmentation of global SDR market for airborne
  • Segmentation of global SDR market for land
  • Segmentation of global SDR market for navy
  • Global SDR market for homeland security
  • Global SDR market for commercial

PART 08: Geographical segmentation

  • Geographical segmentation of global SDR market 2016-2020
  • SDR market in the Americas
  • SDR market in EMEA
  • SDR market in APAC

PART 09: Key leading regions

PART 10: Market drivers

PART 11: Impact of drivers

PART 12: Market challenges

PART 13: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 14: Market trends

PART 15: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • BAE Systems
  • L-3 Communications
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Thales Group
  • Key vendors' recent developments

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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