Cognitive Radio Market

Cognitive Radio Market by Component Type (Software [Radio Control and Reconfiguration Tools, Spectrum Analyzer, Policy and Configuration Database Manager], Hardware), by Application (Spectrum Sensing, Analysis, Spectrum Allocation, Location Tracking, Cognitive Routing), by Services (Managed, Professional), by Geography (U.S., Canada, U.K., China, Japan, India, South Africa, South Korea) - Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast, 2013-2023

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Cognitive Radio Market Overview

Technological advancements, optimized spectrum utilization, and the increasing adoption of the 5G technology are the major factors driving the cognitive radio market growth. Cognitive radio technology has been worldwide adopted by organizations to enhance the customer experience, improve the return on investment (RoI), and gain a competitive edge in the wireless communication industry. Furthermore, in the coming years, the application of the cognitive radio is expected to increase exponentially across various industry verticals.

Cognitive radio is a form of wireless communication technology in which a transceiver intelligently detects the communication channels in use and the ones which are not, and instantly moves into vacant channels while avoiding occupied ones. This optimizes the use of available radio-frequency (RF) spectrum and minimizes interference to other users. The technology helps to overcome radio spectrum scarcity, improves satellite communications and provides enhanced quality of service. This feature has been leading to its wide adoption, and thus has been driving the cognitive radio market.

Insights on Market Segments

Based on component type, the cognitive radio market is classified as software such as radio control and reconfiguration tools, spectrum analyzer, policy and configuration database manager; hardware such as transmitter and receiver and services including professional and managed services.

On the basis of application, the cognitive radio market is categorized into spectrum sensing, spectrum analysis, spectrum allocation, location tracking and cognitive routing. Of them, the spectrum sensing application is expected to witness the fastest market growth, during the forecast period. The spectrum sensing application of the cognitive radio involves observing and updating the status of the spectrum and the movement of the licensed or primary user by periodically sensing the frequency band. This identifies the way of accessing the spectrum hole without interfering the communication of the primary users.

Cognitive radio finds its application in various sectors including government and defense, telecommunication, transportation, energy and utilities, and healthcare. This technology also aids a number of other sectors such as cable market and defense sectors. It also finds its usage in military applications providing a mobile, interference-resistant, scalable, frequency agile, and cost-efficient wireless system.

In terms of services, the cognitive radio market is categorized into managed and professional services. Professional services are expected to continue generating the larger revenue share to the cognitive radio market in coming years. The larger market size of this category is majorly backed by the continuously rising complexity of operations and increasing deployment of the CR technology in the wireless communication ecosystem.

However, the cognitive radio market for managed services is expected to showcase the faster growth, due to the increasing adoption of third-party infrastructure services to manage the wireless communication devices in organizations, across various industries. Managed service providers take care of all the hardware and software functions, while organizations are only responsible for updating and installing business applications and configuring company policies.

North America has shown maximum adoption of the cognitive radio technology, among other regions, attributed to early implementation of cognitive radio in the majority of industries and applications in the region. APAC is expected to show the highest growth in coming years. Continual growth in the mobile network, increasing complexities of the wireless communication ecosystem, rise in demand for optimized spectrum utilization, and exponential growth in data traffic across all industries are the factors that are likely to bolster the growth of the Cognitive radio market in the APAC.


Cognitive radio in public safety offers resilience, accuracy and stability of operations in wireless-impaired environments which is absent in commercial wireless systems. Cognitive radios are extensively being used in rural broadband telcos, as it aids independent local providers to overcome the problem of high cost and scarce spectrum to deploy wireless in underserved rural markets. Increasing use of this technology in public safety is one of the key factors, driving the growth of cognitive radio market.

Increasing adoption of the 5G technology is another major factor bolstering the growth of cognitive radio market, across the globe. With increasing adoption of mobile devices, surging data traffic, and rising number of mobile applications, 5th generation (5g) wireless systems are gaining traction. 5G wireless systems raise the demand to optimize spectrum usage and power consumption on wireless spectrum. Cognitive radio aids to solve the resource allocation raised by 5G requirements, thereby rising adoption of 5G technogy is driving the growth of the market.


The rising adoption of the cognitive radio technology in government and defense organizations and growing demand for the technology in commercial applications are the factors expected to offer considerable opportunities for the growth of the cognitive radio market.


Some of the major factors negatively impacting the growth of cognitive radio market includes security concerns, dynamic communication standards, and issues related to interoperability with in the businesses. The technical hurdles such as high interference of channel is needed to be resolved as well.

Cognitive Radio Market Competitive Landscape

Some of the key players in the cognitive radio market include BAE Systems plc, Raytheon Company, Thales Group, Rohde & Schwarz, Spectrum Signal Processing Inc., xG Technology, Inc., Nutaq, Ettus Research, Shared Spectrum Company, DataSoft, Inc., EpiSys Science, Inc., and KNL Networks.

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