Digital on the Horizon for Most Survey Respondents
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Comments
More than 70 percent of RadioResource International readers use analog conventional networks, and of those who don’t already use digital mission-critical communications networks, more than 70 percent plan to migrate to digital technology within five years or less.
In a reader survey sent last month, digital networks are used by around 60 percent of readers who responded to the survey. One question asked readers to designate what types of two-way radio communications technologies they use; they could designate more than one type. The majority use analog conventional communications.
For those readers who don’t use digital technologies, 53 percent plan to migrate to digital technology within two years and another 19 percent plan to migrate to digital within five years. Only 16 percent of survey respondents have no digital migration plans. The digital technologies that readers are interested in ranged from Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) to digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR) to TETRA and Project 25 (P25) to NXDN.
Survey respondents plan to make purchases in many different communications equipment categories within the next two years. Radio accessories, such as headsets and microphones, topped the buying list followed closely by antennas. Power supplies also ranked high on the purchase list, followed by base stations and repeaters and other radio systems infrastructure equipment. Test equipment and mobile computing devices, including laptops, followed closely behind on the technology purchase list.
Although the economy has not been stellar during the past year, most respondents are optimistic about their business and budget outlooks. The majority of respondents said the economy hasn’t had a negative effect on their organizations during the past year.
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