13% Narrowband Radio Growth Predicted in Middle East and Africa
Monday, October 05, 2015 | Comments

Market research firm IHS forecasted market growth of more than 13 percent in the installed base of active narrowband radios in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

IHS predicts that digital narrowband technologies such as TETRA will achieve the growth in the MEA region during the next three years and will account for 65 percent of the installed base of terminals by 2019.

“The Middle East is setting the pace for the evolution of critical communications,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA). “The increasing popularity of Critical Communications Middle East, now in its third year, shows the ongoing potential for TETRA in this region, particularly in vertical markets such as transport, oil and gas, and utilities. This event brings the industry together within the region, as well as attracting exhibitors and visitors from around the world.”

The conference and exhibition opened 5 October in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The Middle East has been a consistently strong growth region for higher-end technologies like TETRA across all vertical sectors, including public safety and security and industrial sectors, and we expect this trend to continue,” said Elizabeth Mead, senior analyst, critical communications, IHS.

Demand for broadband data services is also increasing as users expect more sophisticated and high-bandwidth applications on their networks. In the short- to mid-term, IHS expects LMR technologies including TETRA Enhanced Data Services (TEDS) to gain traction, with options potentially created to move to private Long Term Evolution (LTE) at a later stage, and LTE gaining traction in some MEA nations in the mid-term.

“The Middle East region has always been faced with serious security challenges, especially in the past few years,” said Ahmad Alwajih, managing director, International Gulf Engineering Consultancy Bureau (IGB). IGB is based in Abu Dhabi and is a member of the TCCA. “Technology has played a key role in keeping our countries safe, and TETRA is one of those technologies that delivers on all critical needs.”

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