The global blockchain market size is expected to grow from USD 411.5 million in 2017 to USD 7,683.7 million by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 79.6%. The demand for distributed ledger technology, reduced total cost of ownership, rising cryptocurrencies market cap and initial coin offerings, increasing demand for simplified business processes, transparency and immutability, faster transactions, and Blockchain-as-a-Service are said to fuel the growth of this market. In addition, rising importance and adoption of blockchain for communication service providers, transformation of international trade and supply chain management, new breed for programmable blockchain platforms, and high adoption of blockchain for payments, smart contracts, and digital identities would create opportunities for the growth of this market. However, uncertain regulatory status and a common set of standards might hinder the overall growth of the market
Payments application segment is expected to hold the largest market size during the forecast period
The blockchain is a peer-to-peer technology with nodes supporting the ledger and the mining process, and enables connectivity that significantly transforms the payment industry. The integration of the technology provides real-time payments against assets with an immutable state and digital identity, and result in substantial cost savings in the context of reconciliation and settlement for many financial institutions and banks. In addition, blockchain automates the payment processing activities, eliminates the need for intermediaries, and reduce the administrative costs and time for providers and payers. All these factors are expected to be fueling the overall growth of this segment in the blockchain market
Asia Pacific (APAC) is projected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period
Blockchain solution providers in the APAC region, design and develop user-friendly, cost-effective, and faster processing cryptocurrency platforms to enhance the application reach of blockchain in multiple industry verticals. Large enterprises and SMEs have been adopting venture funding strategies and are investing in R&D activities in an effort to provide technologically advanced blockchain solutions. In addition, the rapid transformation of the potential countries from semi-transparent to transparent real estate sector has propelled the market growth of blockchain in the APAC region.