Critical communications market to deliver sustained growth in Asia

Kuala Lumpur, 23 March 2015: TETRA market growth of 11 per cent in Asia is predicted by global research organisation IHS, as the Critical Communications Asia event opens today at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Critical Communications Asia is open to all interested in the Asia-Pacific critical communications market, focussing on the public safety, security, transport, utilities and industrial sectors. The conference and exhibition will look at technology choices and innovations available now and in the future, exploring TETRA user experiences and critical broadband solutions.

“The TETRA terminals installed base in Asia is set to grow by 11 per cent by 2018, mostly driven by significant uptake in Oceania, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. TETRA terminals shipments are expected to reach almost 200,000 in 2018,” said Elizabeth Mead, Senior Analyst, Critical Communications, IHS.

“TETRA technology now represents 24 per cent of the digital technology market for LMR worldwide, and has achieved record shipment growth of 17 per cent in 2014 in the EMEA region. TETRA remains a favourite for many nationwide rollouts, given the exceptional functionality available.  Even with an increase of digital technologies like DMR or dPMR, the TETRA market continues to develop,” said Elizabeth Mead.

IHS further estimates that there still remains a significant LMR analogue installed base (more than 70 per cent)  of existing mobile radio users) that are yet to convert to digital, indicating that the potential for growth of TETRA technology across all major regions remains strong.

IHS is projecting more and more success for TETRA in regions traditionally not necessarily considered strongholds of the technology. The success TETRA has in the European arena is now being emulated in other markets, where new devices that offer enhanced capabilities including ATEX and covert capabilities are now gaining traction in the public safety and security markets.

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