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5G in Aviation Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Platform (5G Airport and 5G Aircraft), Technology (FWA, URLLC/MMTC, and eMBB), Communication Infrastructure (Small Cell, Radio Access Network (RAN) and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)), 5G Services (Airport Operations, and Aircraft Operations), and Regional Forecast 2019-2026

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The global 5G in aviation market size was valued at USD 0.2 billion in 2019, is projected to reach USD 4.2 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 53.46% during the forecast period.

Aviation 5G is a core wireless networking and communication system, connecting the aviation infrastructure and technologies which generate and transfer data to their end-users. Wireless communication and networking technology are broadly commercialized by the fifth-generation mobile networks by replacing 4G LTE hardware and communication infrastructure. The upgradation from the 4G LTE network to the 5G connectivity promises to make the internet faster than the previous technologies. Expanding the aviation technological scope of the Internet of Things (IoT) along with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) concepts is the main object of 5G technology.

5G technology has tremendous potential to integrate digital technology with a large number of individual users, thus fueling the 5G in aviation market growth. 5G technology in the aviation industry is at a nascent stage. Adoption of the 5G in the aviation industry and its application are well-articulated by the industry due to its properties such as ultra-high reliability and low latency with the technological absorption in digital aviation. Market forecast for digital aviation is estimated to cover the entire ecosystem of commercial aviation and business jet from aircraft OEMs to airlines and towards their facility users from MRO service providers to all stakeholders.

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The company Seamless Air Alliance is a non-profit organization formed in 2019. The alliance aims to facilitate the usage of 5G technology in mobile devices while traveling. The coalition established by the leading technology companies such as One Web, Airtel, GoGo, and Sprint. Among these, One Web is a multi-global communications company. It has several objectives, chief among which is launching a network within low earth orbit microsatellites. GoGo is a multinational company that operates with airlines on in-flight broadband systems, and Sprint and Airtel are leading telecommunications companies that mainly provide wireless services. These companies are using their core competencies to facilitate advanced infrastructure to provide 5G connectivity in the aviation industry.

The alliance offers several services, comprised of in-cabin broadband services. Its main aim is to allow passengers to use their mobile devices and connect to the network using satellite systems. Technology standardization will be addressing the issues related to access to the internet to the passenger onboard and login system, which requires a more sophisticated network. These companies are making these technologies for commercial use, meaning that 5G roaming should only be available in aircraft cabins from 2019 onwards.

Moreover, spending on the 5G infrastructures has already initiated by several industry players, which will enable IoT for baggage handling, passenger boarding, security check-ins, and other several airport side operations. The augmentation of 5G technology would improve passenger experience and boost up operational efficiencies. On the other hand, aviation MRO operations will be assisted by IoT to anticipate and resolve several issues before it becomes bothersome.


“Increasing Demand for 5G in Aviation Industry is Propelling Market Growth

Factors such as a rise in demand for 5G infrastructure for aircraft flight operations, several applications of 5G, such as high-speed data streaming and real-time health monitoring, are projected to be some of the leading 5G in aviation market trends. In drones, 5G technology can be used to effectively to provide real-time data. Growing demand for high-speed internet connectivity for airport and aircraft communication and networking is also expected to fuel the growth of the market. 5G technology in aviation used for aircraft safety and security purposes at the airport. It can also use for voice communication, high-speed internet connection at airports and air traffic control towers, and for air traffic management.  The introduction of the 5G connectivity for the Nextgen air traffic system is estimated to grow the demand for 5G in the aviation industry.

On the airport side, ground operators send across real-time data with the help of fast internet-connection towards baggage and gates, which is projected to fuel the growth of 5G infrastructure for airports. Moreover, increasing demand for better flight experience and fast internet connection throughout the flight journey expected to boost up the growth of the 5G services market in aircraft operations.

“Rising Demand for the Fast Internet Connectivity in the Aviation Industry to Boost the Market

Internet connectivity plays a crucial role in better aircraft connectivity. 5G represents a technologically advanced seismic shift along with fast internet service. 5G technology can be used a hundred times faster than its predecessor, 4G LTE. 5G networks have much higher capacity, providing a constant, guaranteed, and high-speed connection to passengers. The effects of better Wi-Fi connectivity are a primary aspect of the aviation industry. Passengers can watch high definition video access according to their preference during air travel, which can substantially augment the 5G in aviation market revenue. Seamless Air Alliance, which determines a host of airlines, telecommunications providers, and other tech firms, provides Wi-Fi connectivity in the air as it is on the ground. It aims to create industry standards that enable travelers on any flight to go online with their own devices.


By Platform

“Growing Demand for Internet Connectivity at Airports Estimated to Boost the 5G in the Aviation Market”

Based on the platform, the market segmented into 5G airports, and 5G aircraft. Among these, 5G airport segment holds a higher market share in the market. The growth of this segment projected to the increasing demand for better Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers. The 5G aircraft segment is estimated to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. This is owing to the several applications of 5G in flight as well as passenger drone operations such as technologically advanced real-time monitoring and in-flight entertainment services.

By Technology

“Increasing Demand for Latent-free Cloud Access and Real-Time Air Traffic Alerts Drives the Growth of the Market”

By technology, the market segmented into Massive Machine Type Communications (MMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC), enhanced mobile broadband segment (Embb), and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The enhanced mobile broadband segment (Embb) is estimated to hold a significant market share. The eMBB is a technological evolution to the current 4G network. It termed as the initial phase of 5G services in the aviation industry. Several applications involved with eMBB include high-speed internet access for latent-free cloud access, real-time air traffic alerts, in-flight entertainment, real-time video streaming, and data with 3D and 4K video resolutions. There is an increasing demand for a better flight experience, which, in turn, is fueling the need for advanced eMBB technology in the 5G market in aviation.

 Ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC) is service segmentation in 5G to accommodate emerging services as well as applications having stringent latency and reliability requirements. Although mMTC is specifically designed to meet the IoT requirements, URLLC holds the key ingredients to perform IoT operations. When multiple operators control all time-critical devices remotely, latency and reliability play a vital role in the smooth operation of the IoT devices. MTC is a communication paradigm in which several devices or ‘things’ connected to the Internet and communicate with each other without human intervention. In the 5G era, new applications for MTCs are developed to serve an enormous number of ‘things,’ introducing the so-called massive MTC (mMTC). Fixed wireless access enables the establishment of quick and cheap broadband service, even in areas that don’t have ready access to fixed-line home broadband. In 5G, FWA technology doesn’t require any engineering works at the customer end. Enabling the provision of so-called Customer Premise Equipment (CPEs), which can be readily self-installed by the subscriber.

By Communication Infrastructure

“Increasing Demand for Sophisticated Communication Infrastructure at Airport is Responsible for Market Growth”

Based on communication infrastructure, the market segmented into a small cell, Radio Access Network (RAN), and Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The small cell segment projected to lead the market during the forecast period. This growth attributed to the exponentially growing aviation sector across the globe owing to increasing air passengers, increasing demand for Wi-Fi connectivity from the onboard passengers, and digital connectivity from the aviation industry. The small cell segment is more environment-friendly and is estimated to provide a clearer 5G signal with less power consumption.

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Thus, airlines are projected to focus on the deployment of small cells owing to the better coverage and quality of 5G networks. Due to this, the demand for small cells in the 5G market in aviation is witnessing high market growth. For instance, Gogo entered into a partnership with Cisco, Airspace, and First RF to provide Air to Ground (ATG) 5G network for the US market. Gogo will be offering its Air5G product to provide 5G through a virtualized RAN-based station technology, along with development on new antennas and modems for commercial and business aircraft. The company’s 5G bandwidths network will be using 2.4GHz and 850Mhz spectrum frequencies. 

By 5G Services

“Increasing Number of Tasks Associated with High-Speed 5G Services to Support Market Growth”

Based on 5G Services, the market classified into airport operations and aircraft operations. The airport operation segment projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the acceptance of high-speed 5G services for ground operations such as to send real-time data towards the baggage system and check-in gate system. Intelligent airport networks help to revolutionize the passenger experience, specifically at security checkpoints, runway monitoring, and building management. Passenger demand and airport fleets increase in size, IoT, 5G usage, effectively changing the aviation and aerospace industry, which will help to boost up the market.


North America is expected to lead the 5G in aviation market share throughout the forecast period owing to the expansion of the aviation industry. The presence of key players such as At&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and Charter and among others, will further drive the growth of this market.  The market majorly drives by the increasing demand for air travel and better flight experience. Increasing passenger traffic in this region is leading to an increase in the need for better internet connectivity in domestic & international airports as well as aircraft. Besides, the expansion of connected aircraft and smart airports in this region is boosting the growth of the regional market.

North America 5G in Aviation Market Size, 2019-2026 (USD Billion)

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Asia-Pacific is the second-largest market and competing with North America to become the largest market. Asia-Pacific also shows remarkable growth owing to an increase in the budget allocated for the aviation infrastructure sector in countries like China, Japan, and India. These countries, along with the rest of Asia-Pacific, are projected to drive the market. China is a prime leader that is providing 5G technologies due to the presence of providers such as Huawei and China Mobile. In Japan, the government is increasingly focusing on building 5G infrastructure at airports. In Australia, Telstra is Australia's largest telecommunications company, has indicated its plan to build 180 5G-ready sites by 2019 in Australia, which are expected to support the infrastructure demand for 5G connectivity.


As per the market forecast, this market is dominated by a few key companies due to their prime product portfolio, informed strategic decisions, and dominance of market share. These companies have a widespread geographic presence and are continuously investing in R&D, resulting in secure regulatory approvals. Companies are continually expanding their business by adopting strategies such as sizable investments in mergers & acquisitions, capability enlargement, joint development ventures, design and engineering, and long term contracts & agreements. Market players like Huawei, Cisco Systems, Gogo, and among others, will Strengthen the market position concerning 5G in aviation across the globe.

List Of Key Companies Profiled:

  • Aeromobile Communications

  • Cisco Systems

  • Ericsson

  • Global Eagle Entertainment

  • Gogo

  • Huawei

  • Inseego Corp.

  •  Intelsat

  •  Nokia Corporation


  •  Panasonic Avionics Corporation

  •  Smartsky Networks


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This report mainly provides inclusive analysis for the 5G in the aviation market across the globe. The market estimates presented in the report are a result of in-depth secondary research, primary interviews, and in-house expert reviews. These market estimates are considered by studying the impact of several social, political, and economic factors affecting the growth of this market.

Along with this, the report mainly provides an elaborative analysis of the global market dynamics and competitive landscape for the key manufacturers of the 5G in aviation.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



  Value (USD Million)


By Platform

  • 5G airport

  • 5G aircraft

By Technology

  • FWA


  • Embb

By Communication Infrastructure

  • Small Cell

  • RAN

  • DAS

By 5G Services

  • Airport Operations

  • Aircraft Operations

By Geography

  • North America (U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, Australia, India, South-Korea, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Rest of the Middle East)

  • Rest of The World (Latin America, and Africa)


  • In April 2019, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin and U.S Government signed a contract to modernize the national airspace system and free up the L-band spectrum for the upcoming 5G technology.

  • In June 2019, Honeywell and Smart Sky and North American airlines signed a contract for ground services leveraging 5G technologies for North American airline operators.

  • In October 2019, Gogo and Airspan Networks signed a contract to build and develop its 5G network for aviation.

  • In September 2019, Vodafone has deployed the high-capacity fiber-optic network at UK-based Gatwick Airport. This project will be a part of a five-year digital change program at Gatwick Airport, making it one of the leading Smart Airports based in the U.K.

  • In February 2018, One Web and Airbus signed a contract to develop in-flight 5G services that would allow passengers to start using the internet on their smartphones and tablet devices while in the air.

  • In Sept 2019, Huawei Technologies, China Unicom, and China Eastern Airlines have launched a 5G travel system at Beijing Daxing International Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that 5G in aviation market size was valued at USD 0.2 billion in 2019.

Fortune Business Insights says that 5G in aviation market is projected to reach USD 4.2 billion by 2026.

Growing at a CAGR of 53.46%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2019-2026)

5G infrastructure for the airport segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

Growing demand for passenger comfort and rising demand for the fastest data speed in the aviation industry are projected to drive the market.

Intelsat, Gogo, Huawei, Inseego Corp., Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Aeromobile Communications, Nokia Corporation, ONEWEB, Ericsson, Cisco Systems, and Smartsky Networks and others are some of the leading companies in the market.

North America estimated to be the largest shareholder in the market.

Increasing demand for latent-free cloud access and real-time air traffic alerts driving the growth this market.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, IoT, and machine learning is a new trend in 5G in the aviation market.

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