ABI Research: Public-Safety DAS Market to Double by 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | Comments

ABI Research forecasted that the evolution to Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based public safety from narrowband systems will grow at double-digit rates during the next five years with public-safety platforms doubling their distributed antenna system (DAS) spend by 2021.

According to ABI Research estimates, the in-building wireless public-safety system revenue will increase to reach $1.7 billion in 2021. North America is predicted to have the largest spending, followed by Asia/Pacific, then Europe.

“During this transition period, public-safety agencies will use LTE in parallel with their legacy narrowband systems,” said Nick Marshall, research director at ABI Research. “Typically, this will entail agencies relying on TETRA or Project 25 (P25) to supply mission-critical voice and using LTE to supply enhanced data services. Over the next five years, in-building communications systems, such as DAS, will be used to distribute public-safety coverage and capacity in buildings.”

ABI said the evolution to wideband public-safety networks and platforms will be given a major boost by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) upcoming LTE Advanced Pro specification due to be finalized in 2016. The U.S. First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) are poised to start nationwide public-safety network buildouts. Other regions and countries, including South Korea and China, have similar plans to migrate to broadband for public safety.

“Indoor public-safety networks are more stringently specified than commercial indoor networks and must respond to the public-safety imperatives of high availability and reliability,” Marshall said. "Public-safety communications must also be made available in areas not traditionally covered by commercial cellular communications such as stairwells, equipment rooms and underground locations.”

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