Li-Fi Market Forecast to Reach $276 Million by 2025

The Global Li-Fi Market is forecast to reach $276 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 31.5% from 2020 to 2025. The market growth is attributed to factors such as growing demand for indoor networking in the commercial sector, increasing implementation of Li-Fi in healthcare and education sectors, others. Moreover, rise in penetration of smart devices, construction of smart cities and commercial establishments boosts the market growth.

Key Takeaways

  • As digitalisation multiplies the number of connected devices, the bandwidth of radio frequencies is facing a bottleneck due to its small capacity, which impacts the quality of service. Li-Fi technology, on the other hand, uses a visible light continuum for data processing that is free of any scale constraints. The impending RF crunch is, therefore, an important driver for the Li-Fi market
  • North America region dominated the global Li-Fi market in 2019 owing to the presence of advanced technologies, large number of manufacturers and the increasing domestic and commercial demands for Li-Fi.

Li-Fi Market Segment Analysis – By Component type

Li-Fi market is segmented into LEDs, Optical Sensing, Photo-detectors, Microcontrollers and others on the basis of component. The market of LEDs is anticipated to hold the highest market share during the forecast period 2020-2025. This growth can be attributed to increased LED deployment at commercial establishments and industries. The ability of an LED to modulate swiftly on and off is key to Li-Fi working. These modulation and demodulation schemes transition data from one location to another. Li-Fi operates by taking and inserting data content into an SSL driver by streaming it. This SSL driver can run a string of high speed LED lamps, turning them on and off. As the LED lamps turn on and off and strobe faster than the eye can see, it illuminates the context area. Their demand in Li-Fi systems is proliferating with several advantages of LEDs such as durability, low power consumption, and high energy output. These advantages contribute to the broad adoption of LEDs in the form of arrays for Li-Fi system infrastructure, supporting the growth of the market.

Li-Fi Market Segment Analysis – By Application type

Indoor networking type segment held the highest market share of Li-Fi in 2019. Moreover, it is anticipated to witness the significant market growth during the forecast period 2020-2025.Smart buildings are presently acclimatising to accommodate their residents, in order to enhance dweller cosiness and customer experience. They do this by identifying the coordinates of each user and then providing on-site services such as smart car parking, condition monitoring, logistics and shopping support services. The basic idea of Li-Fi technology is to use the visible light of an LED light bulb to transmit high-speed data to a smartphone or tablet-connected photo detector. Analysing the widespread use of LED bulbs inside buildings and the large visible light bandwidth, Li-Fi technology is much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than Wi-Fi. In many popular applications, Li-Fi technology has great potential, such as location-based services, mobile connectivity, smart lighting and hazardous environments.

Li-Fi Market Segment Analysis – By Geography

North America is anticipated to witness significant market growth during the forecast period 2020-2025. Market growth is attributed to factors such as technological advances, increased demand for energy-efficient appliances and increased demand for high-speed connectivity in the area. The region also has a well-established infrastructure which allows easy implementation of advanced technologies and provides better connectivity. North America, which has prominently taken the lead  on various technological developments such as smart homes, smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and consumer electronics; has emerged as the nucleus for Li-Fi market demand. With majority of the global smart homes, intelligent transport systems and green buildings developing in the U.S., there is upliftment in the market growth of Li-Fi. In the lightening industry, the growth and increase in lifetime of LED lightening has led to the development of new commercial schematics. Light source coming from LED bulbs provides a pathway for data in Li-Fi technology and can meet any devices that it illuminates. The strobing of the LED bulb generates a signal for the receiver device, thereby transferring information. This wireless optical networking technique offers great ability to transmit data at a rate of 224 GB per second and is approximately 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. In January 2018, VLNComm formed the industry’s fastest, most affordable, and most innovative Li-Fi LED lighting panel. The LumiNex panel, introduced and successfully demonstrated to over 500 people at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, is capable of downloading speeds of 108Mbps and upload speeds when combined with the LumiStick 2, 53Mbps. Such product launches boosts the market growth in this region.

Li-Fi Market Drivers

Inexpensive LEDs Ballooning Implementation

LED plays a vital role in the overall growth of the Li-Fi industry as a basic component of Li-Fi networks. Globally, LED is promoted due to features such as low power consumption, a lack of harmful emissions and increased lighting. Moving for the aim of ‘low carbon economy’ and ‘smart cities,’ policymakers around multiple nations are offering discounted prices for LED bulbs in order to raise application rate. Such developments increase the range of potential Li-Fi Systems users.

Li-Fi Market Challenges

Transfer within Room  Li-Fi is unable to relay the path through walls. Wi-Fi is, this drawback of Li-Fi can also be used as a protective mechanism where communication only takes place within a certain space and gadgets that are not present within the room cannot reach it.

Li-Fi Market Landscape

Partnerships and acquisitions along with product launches are the key strategies adopted by the players in the Li-Fi market. As of 2019, the market for Li-Fi market  is consolidated with the top players General Electric (U.S.), Koninklijke Philips N.V. (the Netherlands), Oledcomm (France), PureLiFi Limited (U.K), Panasonic Corporation (Japan), Acuity Brands, Inc. (U.S.), LightPointe Communications, Inc. (U.S.), Velmenni (Tartu), LightBee Corporation (U.S.), FSONA Networks (U.K) and among others.

Acquisitions/Technology Launches/Partnerships

  • In January 2019, Oledcomm announced LiFiMAX, a low-profile ceiling lamp. LiFiMax is an optical wireless communication system that offers an internet connection over light waves to up to 16 users simultaneously at a peak speed of 100Mbps.
  • In June 2019, Signify, the world leader in lighting, launched a new range of LiFi systems that includes the world’s fastest and most reliable LiFi systems commercially available. The range, branded Trulifi, leverages existing and future professional luminaires. Instead of using radio signals (such as WiFi, 4G/5G, Bluetooth, etc.).