Global Underwater Communication System Market 2023


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Market Overview

Effective communication is essential for coordinating activities both on land and at sea. However, transmitting messages underwater presents unique technical challenges due to environmental factors that degrade electromagnetic signals so prevalent in terrestrial wireless networking. To overcome this, underwater acoustic communication exploiting the transmission properties of sound became a critical enabling technology.

Though lower bandwidths necessitate more efficient encoding schemes and protocols, the field has advanced significantly in recent decades. Rising deployments of autonomous platforms like uncrewed underwater vehicles for tasks including inspections, mapping, and scientific exploration drove further innovation. As these systems take on expanded roles, reliable communications become progressively imperative. Their ability to report situational updates and receive new directives remotely expands operational scopes and enhances mission outcomes.

The global underwater communication system market is projected to rise by USD 2.3 billion by 2029, according to the latest market study results. It is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 9.8 percent during the forecast period. Opportunities are fueled by defense networking needs as navies require enhanced monitoring and coordinated responses. Scientific organizations also benefit through remote habitat sensing, pollution tracking and geological studies facilitated by networked sensor arrays over larger areas.

However, persistent acoustic channel impairments like multi-path propagation, signal dispersion and attenuation over distance must continually be addressed to achieve higher transmission quality comparable to terrestrial wireless networks. Advancements in equalization, channel coding and modulation increasingly compensate for these underwater communication barriers.

Market Segmentation

This industry report offers market estimates and forecasts of the global market, followed by a detailed analysis of the component, connectivity, application, end user, and geography.
Component: hardware, software, services
Connectivity: hardwired, wireless
Application: climate monitoring, environmental monitoring, hydrography, oceanography, pollution monitoring, others
End user: marine, military and defense, oil and gas, scientific research and development, others
Geography: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Latin America

The global underwater communication systems market can be segmented based on application, with environmental monitoring currently representing the leading usage. At approximately one-third of 2021 revenues, this segment benefits extensively from networked sensor arrays deployed to track conditions influencing aquatic life and potential pollutants.

Oceanographic research closely follows as a major application area given the ability of acoustic networking to facilitate broad-scale data collection supporting marine scientific inquiry. Remote-controlled and autonomous vessels paired with strategically positioned static monitoring stations generate huge datasets regarding ocean currents, biological cycles, resource mapping and sediment movement over time. Undersea drones simplify sample retrieval at greater depths while live-streaming enables ship-based observation without physical presence.

Looking ahead, oceanography seems poised to actualize significant growth through 2029 based on escalating investments in climate change research and sustainable blue economy initiatives. Advances in low-power high-bandwidth modems suited to deep-sea pressure tolerances further the technical feasibility of meticulously charting oceanic phenomena. Acoustic positioning technologies also improve navigation of surface and subsurface ocean observing assets, whether profiling instrument packages or benthic landers, across expansive patrol areas.

From an end-user perspective, scientific organizations currently make up the largest consumer bloc. However, as offshore industries ramp up activity into frontier exploration regions and arctic shipping lanes open, marine commercial applications are anticipated to surge. Vessel-to-vessel transient messaging and persistent wireless infrastructure installed on rigs or along submarine pipeline routes enhances worksite safety and environmental stewardship. Payload and servicing ROVs likewise benefit from extended operational ranges enabled by real-time coordination.

Geographically, North America currently dominates global market share due to defense spending and mature industrial research sectors. Nevertheless, exponential Asian economic expansion, combined with rising oceanic sovereignty concerns particularly in the South China Sea, point to accelerated growth across various Asia-Pacific nations. From deepwater resource surveys off Indonesian islands to delicate coral restoration efforts in Japan, underwater acoustic networks increasingly support regional marine management priorities.

Major Companies and Competitive Landscape

The report explores the recent developments and profiles of key vendors in the Global Underwater Communication System Market, including EvoLogics GmbH, Hydromea SA, Kongsberg Maritime AS, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Saab AB, Sea and Land Technologies Pte. Ltd., Sonardyne Group Ltd., Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, Thales S.A., Ultra Electronics Holdings plc, Undersea Systems International, Inc. dba Ocean Technology Systems, among others. In this report, key players and their strategies are thoroughly analyzed to understand the competitive outlook of the market.

Scope of the Report

To analyze and forecast the market size of the global underwater communication system market.
To classify and forecast the global underwater communication system market based on component, connectivity, application, end user, geography.
To identify drivers and challenges for the global underwater communication system market.
To examine competitive developments such as mergers & acquisitions, agreements, collaborations and partnerships, etc., in the global underwater communication system market.
To identify and analyze the profile of leading players operating in the global underwater communication system market.

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Global Underwater Communication System Market 2023 - Report Scope


Market Size (2022)

USD 2.8 Billion

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CAGR (2023-2029)




Segments By

Component, Connectivity, Application, End User, Geography

Regions Covered


Key Players

EvoLogics GmbH, Hydromea SA, Kongsberg Maritime AS, L3Harris Technologies Inc., Saab AB, Sea and Land Technologies Pte. Ltd., Sonardyne Group Ltd., Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, Thales S.A., Ultra Electronics Holdings plc, Undersea Systems International Inc. dba Ocean Technology Systems

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