Record year for EMEA TETRA as global shipments increase

The TETRA terminals market achieved record shipment growth of 17 per cent in 2014 in the EMEA region, while overall the global growth was more than eight per cent, according to figures from industry research specialists IHS.

With the world’s largest TETRA public safety network nearing completion in Germany, the Nødnett network in Norway experiencing continued investment, and established TETRA networks such as C2000 in The Netherlands seeing renewed investment, the European market remains robust.

The rest of the world is also predicted to see solid growth: the installed base for TETRA terminals in North and South America is set to increase by 14 per cent by 2019, mostly driven by significant uptake in the transportation, utilities and industrial sectors. The TETRA terminals installed base in Asia is set to grow by 11 per cent by 2018, while for the Middle East and Africa region, IHS project that the industrial, utilities and transportation sectors will all continue to enjoy strong success with more than 10 per cent CAGR predicted between now and 2019.

“We are expecting to see more and more success for TETRA in regions 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,” said Elizabeth Mead, Senior Analyst, Critical Communications, IHS.

TETRA now represents 22 per cent of the digital technology market for LMR worldwide.  IHS estimates that there is a significant LMR analogue installed base (more than 60 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.

The degree of interest in TETRA and the overall critical communications market is evident from the attendance at the largest event in the industry’s calendar, Critical Communications World, taking place this week in Barcelona. With more than 110 exhibitors and 180 speakers from all over the world, and an expected 15 per cent increase in attendees since the last time the event was held in Europe in 2013, this event is now in its 17th year, and incorporates the TETRA World Congress.

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