5G in Defense Market worth $2.3 billion by 2028 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™


The 5G in Defense Market is estimated to be USD 0.9 billion in 2023 to USD 2.3 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 19.9% from 2023 to 2028 according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets™. The driving factor for the 5G in Defense market 5G in elevation of growing Situational Awareness drives the market, Technological innovations in 5G Network, 5G drives Real-time Connectivity in Multi-Threat future battlespace scenarios, Growth of Autonomous and Connected Devices a Catalyst for 5G in the Defense Market etc.

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5G in Defense Market Report Scope:

Report Coverage


Market Revenue in 2023

$ 0.9 Billion

Estimated Value by 2028

$ 2.3 Billion

Growth Rate

Poised to grow at a CAGR of 19.9%

Market Size Available for


Forecast Period


Forecast Units

Value (USD Million/Billion)

Report Coverage

Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends

Segments Covered

By Platform, Solution, End User, Network Type, Installation and Region

Geographies Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of World

Key Market Challenge

Complexity of Spectrum Management for 5G Deployment in Defense

Key Market Opportunities

Increased defense budgets for R&D and technological advancements

Key Market Drivers

5G in elevation of growing Situational Awareness drives the market

Based on Platform, the airborne segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

The platform segment has been segmented into land, naval, and airborne. The airborne platform segment includes military aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and military helicopters. This segment covers 5G deployment in airborne platforms that helps in tracking multiple objects. 5G systems deployed on airborne platforms are used for long-range broadband communication via satellite and vehicle integrated tactical command, control, and information (C2I) systems as well as operational C3I systems.

Major countries, such as the US, China, France, and India, are increasing their spending on the deployment of 5G on airborne platforms to enhance their surveillance and attack capabilities.

Based on Solution, core network segment anticipated with highest CAGR 23.3% to lead market during the forecast period.

Based on solution, the 5G in defense market has been segmented into Communication network, chipsets and core network technology. Though 5G network technologies are in the nascent stage, they are anticipated to generate large volumes of data in the near future as more and more devices connect over 5G networks in order to communicate with each other. Communication between different arrays of devices would generate unpredictable high-speed data traffic. It is crucial for network operators/engineers to efficiently manage network operations and effectively monitor data traffic in order to address customer demands. Thus, technology developers have created tools that can completely transform network operations and increase flexibility, in terms of scaling up network expansion abilities, in order to cope with the staggering volumes of data. This can be achieved with advanced network technologies such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). NFV is a new advanced network technology in which virtualized network services are carried out in lieu of proprietary, dedicated, or application-specific hardware such as switches, servers, and routers and shares the highest market share in 2023.

Based on End User Segment, the military segment acquires largest market share in market during the forecast period.

The advent of fifth generation (5G) mobile technology promises to boost data transfer rates and offer superior bandwidth compared to its predecessor, fourth generation (4G) technology. This technological leap has the potential to unlock new possibilities in both militaries. 5G has the potential to relay sensor data between operators and unmanned vehicles, and to interconnect these vehicles. This could pave the way for innovative military operational concepts, like swarming, were coordinated behavior among multiple units.

5G technologies might be integrated into Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, which are progressively requiring higher bandwidths to manage, utilize, and distribute data from an expanding array of battlefield sensors. This integration could offer commanders prompt access to pertinent intelligence information, subsequently enhancing strategic decision-making.

Based on Network Type, the EMBB segment is projected to lead market during the forecast period.

5G in defense offers high-speed, high-bandwidth connectivity for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) applications like content creation, online gaming, and augmented reality. Its coverage extends to remote areas worldwide, making it advantageous for individuals and businesses residing in rural regions or frequent travelers. 5G in defense offers high-speed connectivity, allowing streaming of video content and ensuring access to reliable connectivity while on the move.

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Based on Region, the APAC segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

The 5G in Defense Market is anticipated to be dominated by the Asia Pacific region in the forecasted period. China, IndiaJapanSouth Korea, and the Australia are the regions that were looked at in this market. One of the primary international players operating in the Asia Pacific region is Japan, China, and India, which makes significant investments in the creation of 5G technologies.  The 5G in Defense Industry has seen a surge in product offerings, meeting a range of needs and preferences as sectors lean into innovation. Under the “smart base” initiative, 5G technology will undergo trial implementation at a Self-Defense Forces base, aiming to establish a local network of interlinked logistical and other devices. The overarching vision is to integrate this high-speed communication standard into future defense equipment and front-line divisions. This two-year trial was scheduled to commence in fiscal 2021 at the Chitose Air Base of the Air Self-Defense Force, located in Chitose, Hokkaido.

The 5G in defense  companies is dominated by a few globally established  players such as Ericsson (Sweden), Huawei (China), Nokia Networks (Finland), Samsung (South Korea), NEC (Japan), Thales Group (France), L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (US), Raytheon Technologies (US), Ligado Networks (US), and Wind River Systems, Inc. (US)., are some of the leading companies in the  5G in Defense  market.  These companies have well-equipped manufacturing facilities and strong distribution networks across North AmericaEuropeAsia PacificLatin America, and Middle East & Africa.

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Palo Alto Networks Makes AI-Powered OT Security Easy to Adopt for Its 61,000+ Network Security Customers


The usage and connectivity of operational technology (OT) is rapidly growing as are the number of cyberattacks on OT environments. These attacks can disrupt operations, causing damage that can reach far beyond revenue and reputation to supply chain, human safety and critical infrastructure. To help companies keep their OT environments secure, Palo Alto Networks today introduced the most comprehensive Zero Trust OT Security solution.

A key component of the solution is the new cloud-delivered Industrial OT Security service, which can be easily enabled — without the need to install additional sensors — by any of the 61,000+ active customers of Palo Alto Networks network security products: hardware and software Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) and Prisma SASE. Built on an AI-powered foundation with ease of deployment in mind, the new solution enables customers to secure their OT environments from the most sophisticated threats while simplifying their operations.

OT devices can be hard to secure because many lack built-in security and were not designed to be patched. In addition, high uptime requirements limit the ability to do regular security maintenance. OT environments are also at risk as organizations adopt new technologies like 5G, which enable mass connectivity, and open up remote access.

“Most OT security solutions in the market fall short because they can’t identify all the assets and can only alert but don’t prevent threats. This leads to a patchwork of siloed security technologies, which can lead to security gaps,” said Anand Oswal, SVP, network security at Palo Alto Networks. “Our OT Security solution is designed to help organizations stay secure through granular visibility and effective inline security while meeting their availability and uptime requirements.”

Using the industry’s first ML-powered OT visibility engine, the Industrial OT Security service recognizes hundreds of unique OT device profiles, over 1,000 OT/Industrial Control System (ICS) applications, and has hundreds of distinct OT threat signatures to help protect these hard-to-secure assets. A notable feature of the service is its ability to help security teams proactively understand risk and apply controls. It continuously observes, categorizes and visualizes asset behavior so anomalies can be discovered immediately and addressed with firewall policy.

“As industrial OT systems and IT systems become more interconnected, so does the size of the attack surface available to the adversary. Defending against increasingly sophisticated threats requires expanded security strategies that can provide visibility, context, and Zero Trust capabilities across both OT and IT networks, devices, applications, and users,” said Dave Gruber, principal analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The Palo Alto Networks solution embraces this unified security model, promising to help protect complex OT environments.”

“Manufacturing has come into the crosshairs of many recent cyberattacks. Palo Alto Networks Industrial OT Security is a must have to ensure security best practices are in place,” said Jared Mendenhall, director, Information Security, Impossible Foods. “We look forward to Palo Alto Networks’ dedicated OT Security solution to help us further secure our manufacturing plant, remote operations, and realize our broader Zero Trust vision.”

The Zero Trust OT Security solution secures multiple OT use cases with consistent Zero Trust policies, all managed centrally:

  • OT assets and networks using Palo Alto Networks NGFWs, along with the new Industrial OT Security service.
  • Remote access using Prisma SASE.
  • 5G-connected devices using NGFWs with Palo Alto Networks 5G-Native Security.

CEVA Accelerates 5G Infrastructure Rollout with Industry’s First Baseband Platform IP for 5G RAN ASICs


CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and co-creation solutions, today introduced PentaG-RAN™, the industry’s first 5G baseband platform IP for ASICs targeting cellular infrastructure in both base station and radio configurations, including distributed units (DU), and Remote Radio Units (RRU), from small cell to Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple Output (mMIMO). This heterogeneous baseband compute platform has been designed to significantly reduce the entry barriers for companies wishing to break into the new market opportunities available in Open RAN (O-RAN) equipment.

The burgeoning market for 5G base station and radio ASICs is fueled by the digital transformation that continuously calls for higher cellular bandwidth at lower latency. More recently, network disaggregation driven by the Open RAN initiative and the drive for mMIMO has gained the attention of silicon vendors worldwide to the cellular infrastructure market opportunity. Global technology intelligence firm ABI Research forecasts that shipments of 5G outdoor mobile infrastructure equipment, including mMIMO radios, O-RAN radios, small cells and virtual basebands is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% from 2022 to 2027, surpassing 23 million units annually by 2027. The inability of the current platforms to scale effectively to mMIMO dimensions or support new O-RAN use cases where power and cost are significant factors has disrupted the market and opens the door for new entrants.

With this in mind, PentaG-RAN provides a groundbreaking platform for a complete L1 PHY (physical layer 1) solution with optimal hardware/software partitioning, incorporating powerful vector DSPs, PHY control DSPs, flexible 5G hardware accelerators and other specialized components required for modem processing chains. It delivers up to 10X savings in power and area compared to available FPGA and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) CPU based alternatives. To further reduce design risk and expediate ASIC design, CEVA’s co-creation services are available to PentaG-RAN customers for the development of their entire PHY subsystem, and up to designing the complete chip.

Guy Keshet, Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Business Unit at CEVA, stated: “CEVA has been at the leading edge of DSP technology in cellular infrastructure for the last decade, collaborating with leading Tier-1 OEMs to deliver the most advanced DSP architectures deployed in 5G RAN today. Our PentaG-RAN platform was formed out of this extensive experience and brings the next level platform solution to help drive the next generation of 5G chipsets for mMIMO systems and new O-RAN use cases.”

The PentaG-RAN platform addresses both base station and radio compute configurations:

  • Base station, supporting Macro DU/vDU and Small Cell – offering a scalable compute platform for L1 inline DU/vDU acceleration. This configuration handles the complete acceleration of the main processing chains (data and control), for both symbol-to-bit domains (including FEC) and frequency processing (including FFT and equalization). Advanced algorithms including channel estimation and MMSE calculation are mapped to the CEVA-XC DSP for optimal processing and power efficiency. It includes a powerful resource pool for accelerating COTS platforms and supports high-PHY and low-PHY 7.2x split partitioning based on Open RAN specifications.
  • Radio, supporting Open RAN Low-PHY, Massive MIMO and Beamformer – offering a scalable compute platform for Massive MIMO beamforming processing on RRU side, including Beamformer and Beamforming weight calculation. This configuration offers unmatched compute and PPA efficiency, enabling customers with a competitive path for cost reduction and integration options with transceivers, compared to FPGA and other COTS solutions. It supports a range of use-cases from Small Cell and Macro, to Massive MIMO 32TR to 64TR and beyond, for both Sub-6 and mmWave and supports O-RAN 7.2x splits.

To further expedite time-to-market for PentaG-RAN licensees, the platform is supported by CEVA’s new Virtual Platform Simulator (VPS), a unified System-C modeling environment that allows pre-silicon software development, solution dimensioning, architecture proof-of-concept, and modeling of all platform components. The VPS also includes reference software implementation for main processing chains, as well as beamforming use cases.

PentaG-RAN will be available for general licensing in the fourth quarter of this year. PentaG-RAN customers can also benefit from SoC co-creation services by CEVA’s Intrinsix team to help integrate and support system design and modem development. For further information, visit https://www.ceva-dsp.com/product/ceva-pentag-ran/.


Xinhua Silk Road: JOMOO gears 5G smart factory for upgraded China-made intelligence and quality


A special event themed on smart manufacturing was held in Quanzhou city by JOMOO, a well-known kitchen and bathroom fittings brand from east China’s Fujian Province, welcoming media observers to visit its smart factory up close to experience the charm of China-made intelligence and quality.

The observing group, headed by Chinese famous business writer Wu Xiaobo, visited the 5G digital industrial center, intelligent glaze workshop, and intelligent molding workshop, among other key areas of JOMOO smart industrial park where the final products such as smart toilets were produced in a digitalized manner.

JOMOO boasts a world leading kitchen and bathroom smart factory where intelligent production line has overthrown traditional ceramic manufacturing mode thus injecting new momentum into traditional sectors, according to Wu, who is known for extensive research in enterprise history and company development cases, now active in voicing out as a “product recommender” to promote Chinese brands and domestic products.

JOMOO has well demonstrated intelligent and digital production, which has a far-reaching impact on promoting industrial upgrading, Wu noted.

It is noted that JOMOO initiated 5G cloud manufacturing and realized digitalization throughout sales to production for full control over safety and zero-inventory business model. Also, JOMOO ceramics smart institute, a demonstrative project and the world’s first fully automatic ceramic production technology research base, has increased production efficiency by 65 times.

In the meantime, JOMOO takes lead in rapid Customer-to-Factory (C2F) customization, creating scenario-oriented smart kitchens and bathrooms that are comfortable, convenient and caring for customers. “Customers now prefer customized solutions to scattered product purchases in a bid to best utilize space and annotate quality living choices”, said Lin Xiaowei, JOMOO vice president.

In fact, JOMOO has such C2F customization applied to various products and achieves high efficiency of 1-hour Design Finish and 24-hour Produce Finish. Enterprises should keep up with the market and timely respond to customer needs, according to Lin, noting that “speediness” would be one of the major focuses of JOMOO in the future.

JOMOO has been dedicating on innovation in terms of quality, technology, marketing, talent and management over the past 30 years, striving to upgrade traditional kitchen & bathroom industry into a sci-tech empowered emerging industry, according to Lin Xiaofa, Chairman with JOMOO.


Command The 5G Network: VIAVI Releases 2021 Updates to the Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications


Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today released updates to its industry-first Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications. The O-RAN ALLIANCE’s specifications for open radio access networks are being adopted by operators and equipment manufacturers worldwide, to reduce infrastructure costs and lower the barrier to entry for new product innovation. The test suite has been augmented to include use cases of critical importance as O-RAN becomes adopted at scale, as well as learnings from customer engagements around the globe.

In a multi-vendor based O-RAN environment, operators will bear the burden of ensuring conformance, interoperability, and performance. Based on its leading position validating network products for operators and manufacturers worldwide – including all Tier-1 network equipment manufacturers – VIAVI has the most comprehensive O-RAN test platform on the market, with CUSM-plane parameters used by more vendors than any other solution. The company is also active in specifications development, as the editor of interoperability test specifications in the open fronthaul (WG4) and open interfaces (WG5) working groups, and the co-chair of multiple working groups at the O-RAN ALLIANCE. VIAVI’s active contributions have enabled it to develop partnerships with complementary solutions from best-of-breed vendors.

Updates to the Test Suite include:

  • O-RAN Subsystem and End-to-End Testing – proving O-RU conformance, performance and interoperability to network operators; performance and interoperability validation of open fronthaul in the lab and field; validating the O-DU in a multi-vendor O-RU environment; validating F1 interface performance using an O-DU emulator; RAN Intelligent Controller and xApp mixed vendor ecosystem assurance; and end-to-end network performance, mobility and capacity test
  • Transport Network Testing – verification of 4G and 5G fronthaul transport and synchronization networks
  • Network Assurance – operational assurance, troubleshooting and optimization.

As a key example of the best-of-breed approach, VIAVI and Rohde & Schwarz are jointly demonstrating validation of open fronthaul performance with the O-RAN ALLIANCE at MWC Shanghai. This demonstration will showcase generation and delivery of typical standards based testcase IQ data to the O-RU utilizing the Lower Layer Split Option 7.2x fronthaul interface with the VIAVI TM500 O-RU Tester. Moreover, uplink and downlink fronthaul logs are captured, and RF signal generation and capture are performed using the Rohde & Schwarz vector signal generator and signal and spectrum analyzer hardware along with VSE Software for signal analysis. Testcase workflow is simplified for the end user utilizing the VIAVI O-RU Test Manager, providing a single point of test control.

“The promise of O-RAN extends beyond the many benefits of an open ecosystem to include a solid foundation for virtualized network elements, enabling increased speed and scalability to capture the burgeoning 5G market,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, VIAVI. “Yet the complexity of multi-vendor O-RAN architecture presents significant challenges for successful network development, deployment and operation, requiring thorough validation, integration and troubleshooting with a complete set of advanced test solutions.”

VIAVI will be demonstrating the Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications at MWC Shanghai, at VIAVI booth #N1B137, and as part of O-RAN ALLIANCE events. MWC Shanghai will be taking place February 23-25, 2021 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The 2021 edition of the VIAVI Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications can be requested here.