Critical communication market in Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest share over the forecast time span owing to the regional economic growth in the recent years. The rise in the number of terrorist attacks, such as Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train bombing in 2017, in India has led to an increase in demand for public safety devices and systems. Smart city projects in Asia Pacific, such as Land use and environmental management project in New Zealand, the Transportation project in Taiwan, and Administration project in Singapore, are boosting the critical communication market growth in the region. Critical Communication Market size is projected to grow at a high rate in the coming years owing to the rising safety concerns in manufacturing industries. High bandwidth is required to support users for mission critical applications such as utilities, public safety, mining, and transportation owing to the growing data traffic. Rising security threats, demand for a more efficient system, and cross-agency coordination are transforming public safety communications network, a government priority.
Increasing need for the adoption of modern technologies and the replacement of the existing outdated equipment with new advanced equipment are creating growth opportunities for the critical communication market. For instance, in July 2017, Nokia announced that it will be supplying mission-critical communication network to the county of Fresno, California, with an aim to modernize the network and improve public safety. The implementation of I- based communications makes connectivity establishment among agencies easier. For instance, connectivity between a natural calamity center and a city’s emergency center can be set-up using inter-domain IP routing through a national IP network. Considering these advantages, end users are more inclined to use digital systems as compared to the traditional analog systems, driving critical communication market.
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Cost-effective digital systems have enabled easy access of digital technologies to price-sensitive users in emerging economies. These technologies include Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), professional digital trunking, and digital private mobile radio. This shift from analog to digital is an important factor driving the critical communication market growth since the infrastructure and the terminals of the regional network transitioning to digital are required to be replaced. China is investing in the development of support of the infrastructure with an aim to deliver broadband services at speeds of 12 Mbps for rural areas and 50 Mbps for the urban sector. Similarly, the Singapore Government supported the association named OpenNet to operate and build the infrastructure.
The presence of multiple communication standards, such as P25, 3G, 2G, 4G LTE, DMR, and LMR, requires hardware, which increases the complexity and the cost of the system. This is a key factor hampering the growth of a critical communication market. In various handheld devices, the use of hardware increases the weight and the size of the device. This makes the device inconvenient for use and limits movement in critical scenarios such as battlefields. Limited spectrum bandwidth is also a major factor hindering the industry growth over the forecast timespan.
The critical communication market is segmented into Land Mobile Radios (LMRs) and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) based on technology. LTE network features cannot be accessed by the existing mobile phones unless the phone supports LTE functionality, making the LTE service expensive. Moreover, the new installation of antennas and equipment are required to make LTE network operational, increasing the overall cost of the system, thereby making LMRs a preferred choice among end users.
LMRs in the critical communication market is further classified as terrestrial trunked radios (TETRAs) and analog with TETRA having a high growth as it is robust, reliable, cost-effective, secure and has the potential to deliver mission critical data. Sepura deploys TETRA-LTE solutions for customers with large data requirements to provide real-time video transmission between stations and trains in Bilbao Metro in Spain. The diverse applications of LMRs in public safety, military, and emergency services, such as police and fire services, are factors contributing to its high growth in the technology segment of the critical communication market over the forecast timespan.
By end users, the critical communication market is segmented into mining, transportation, utilities, and public safety. The transportation sector is anticipated to grow at a significantly over the future owing to the increasing security needs at high-risk transit location such as airports and metro stations, primarily in progressing economies such as China and India. Digital networks offer various advantages over the traditional analog networks. The rising need for enhanced security services for public safety is triggering the industry growth for the public safety vertical. Hence, the rising need for transforming analog networks to digital is boosting the critical communication market for the transportation vertical.
By offering, the critical communication market segmented into hardware and services. The services sub-segment includes maintenance, consulting, integration, and other services such as training & education. Rising number of deployment of these networks is boosting the demand for maintenance services. Hardware is projected to hold a large share of the market owing to the growing demand for the existing as well as the newly deployed critical communication market networks in Europe and North America. Hardware, such as command & control, handheld devices, and infrastructure equipment, forms the base of critical communication networks. The use of critical communication systems by first responders, such as police and ambulances, makes hardware an integral part of the network.
Government and other organizations are investing heavily in the critical communication market to combat terrorist attacks and natural calamities. Many progressing countries, such as China, are investing heavily in this sector. On an average, China adds 450 subway stations every year to enhance its network. The presence of companies, such as Hytera, ZTE, and Telstra in Asia Pacific, is projected to aid the industry growth. The rise in research and development activities in the oil & gas industry in North America is propelling the industry growth in the region.
Major players in the critical communication market include Leonardo, Hytera, AT&T, Ascom, Zenitel, Telstra, Nokia, Harris, Huawei, Ericson, Motorola, Mentura Group, Inmarsat, and Cobham Wireless. Rising competition among major players to bring new technologies in the critical communication market is projected to help the industry growth. In May 2017, Harris Corporation announced that it will be supplying critical communication solutions for major electric utilities in the U.S. for providing security and reliability for over 10,000 users.
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