Global TETRA Market Predicted to Remain Strong, Most Growth in Eastern Europe
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | Comments

The latest global report and analysis from market analyst firm IHS shows TETRA technology growth predicted in all geographic regions. Eastern Europe, in particular, is projected to see rapid growth, with new terminal shipments in the industrial sector expected to increase by almost 50 percent and in transport by nearly 27 percent.

Western Europe is forecast to remain the largest world market for TETRA active radios with a 53 percent share of the installed base at the end of 2015, but Europe will be challenged by the end of 2020 as the installed base increases in other regions, including the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and the Americas. Latin America is forecast to lead the Americas installed base, although North America, where TETRA was only introduced in 2012, is also forecast to increase substantially.

“2015 has been an exceptional year for TETRA in Europe, with the completion of the nationwide networks in Germany and Norway,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA). “We are also seeing reinvestment in existing TETRA networks, with a huge amount of activity in renewing both infrastructure and terminals.”

Mission-critical applications continue to make up a major part of the TETRA market, with public safety and security (PSS) representing more than 56 percent of the installed base. However, during the next five years, IHS predicts that business-critical applications will see the most growth, including sectors such as utilities and industrial.

The covert terminals market is forecast to increase by almost 19 percent. “A mature network environment lends itself to users requiring more specialist radios,” said Thomas Lynch, director, security and critical communications at IHS. “Sources suggest that covert users come late to a network; often after trust in the network has been well established. Maturity also develops a culture across agencies, so when a secure radio is required, TETRA will be the choice. The threat from terrorism, political instability and the needs of national security are the main drivers of the covert market.”

The availability of ATEX radios is predicted to help TETRA maintain its market share in the oil and gas sectors, although ATEX devices are forecast less growth than previously stated because of the drop in oil prices and consequent decrease in investment into these sectors.

This is the eighth edition of the IHS report dedicated to the TETRA terminals market. All figures relate to compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 – 2020 unless otherwise stated.

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