Key Statistics in Mobile Network Infrastructure and Supply Chain Highlight What You Need to Know in 2022

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down many aspects and behaviors of our daily lives, the pandemic quickened the pace of digital transformation, placing technologies at the very center of how people live and work.

Technological innovation continues at a dizzying pace, which can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. However, our whitepaper, 38 Technology Stats You Need to Know for 2022, has the data and statistics to keep you up to speed, identifying and highlighting the most impactful forecasts that illuminate where digital transformation is heading.

Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Worldwide collaborative robot shipments to warehouses are expected to reach 47,000 by 2026. In comparison, that number only reached 10,000 units in 2021, and just over 2,000 at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Collaborative robots are designed specifically to assist human employees with fulfillment and restocking tasks in the warehouse, closing the labor gap and increasing overall efficiency. They do so by carrying out multiple tasks, whereas typical warehouse robots only perform one task at a time. Collaborative robots are also considered safer, more flexible, and easier to program, making them the ideal solution for warehouse productivity and output.

“It’s not surprising that they are surging in popularity and will continue to do so in the coming years,” says Adhish Luitel, Industry Analyst.

In the last mile delivery sector, which has been a relevant concern alongside recent global supply chain difficulties, autonomous mobile robot shipments for last mile delivery will increase from 7,000 in 2021 to 309,000 in 2030.

Shrinking delivery times and heavy expenses related to last mile—approximately 50% of all shipping costs are incurred at this phase of delivery—have led industry key players to examine ways of alleviating profitability concerns.

Susan Beardslee, Principal Analyst explains, “There are scaling issues based on available staff and fleet. It is critical that businesses fully optimize the final leg of the transportation journey to, not only materially reduce the cost of delivery but also to offer a consistent end customer experience.”

5G and Mobile Network Infrastructure

Open RAN installs will increase from 1.37 million in 2021 to 22.52 million in 2026.

Despite this significant increase, revenue will not match traditional RAN revenue but slowly increase throughout the forecast period. Due to integration and technology developments issues, considerable vendor resistance may delay or even kill the Open RAN movement before it reaches a large scale. This has translated to reduced interest in Open RAN in early 2022.

“The industry has now become aware of the fact that Open RAN will still need years of development before it can match large vendor performance and cost efficiency,” says Dimitris Mavrakis, Senior Research Director.

The satellite communications Serviceable Addressable Market (SAM) potential for Asia-Pacific will increase from 161.5 million premises in 2021 to 169.0 million premises in 2026.

According to Research Analyst Jun Wei Ee, “The Asia-Pacific market has contrasting high broadband penetrated markets, such as Japan, South Korea, China, and countries, such as India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, where high-speed broadband has yet to gain significant penetration. Many rural communities in the region continue to see significant population growth over the forecast period. Fiber-optic and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) continue to be rolled out, but face challenges in addressing the rural markets.”

The SAM potential consists of possible community satellite broadband access deployment opportunities, as well as a smaller number of direct-to-home deployments to households that have the disposable income to afford satellite broadband solutions. In lower-income areas, service providers may need to amortize Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) costs across the duration of the service contract, or government agencies may need to proactively subsidize the CPE cost to make the service more affordable.

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