ABI: Public-Safety LTE to Hit Mainstream Markets after 2020
Monday, April 10, 2017 | Comments

ABI Research predicted that public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) will hit the mainstream markets after 2020 as trials and deployments gain momentum across the world. Hardware revenue is expected to increase by 30 percent annually, reaching $540 million in 2025.

The United States, United Kingdom and South Korea will host the world's first three operational public-safety LTE networks by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Many countries will likely follow suit, either through a dedicated public-safety LTE network or a hosted or shared infrastructure model.

"Coexistence with legacy public-safety protocols is still crucial, as legacy protocols, such as TETRA and Project 25 (P25), are still being deployed by agencies across the world," says Lian Jye Su, senior analyst at ABI Research. "Public-safety LTE guarantees features that generate augmented user experience for public-safety agencies through video streaming, file sharing and real-time analytics, without compromising security. It is imperative that authorities learn from countries like Australia and Finland, start early and prepare for the switch."

Public-safety networks can benefit from various technological advancements in LTE. The advancements introduce new applications such as environmental sensors through LTE-M or narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT), real-time surveillance through high-data throughput, and small unmanned aviation systems through edge computing. Existing public-safety solutions, such as CAD and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), that operate in proprietary hardware and software, can be virtualized, secured and integrated with an overlay of cross-functional data storage, analytics and intelligence.

Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standardizations are propelling the trials and deployments, ABI Research said. 3GPP Releases 13 and 14 introduced enhancements to public-safety features, such as mission critical push-to-talk (PTT), LTE device-to-device communications and LTE broadcast.

"3GPP ensures standard features, supports the entire mobile consumer and public-safety industry, and allows a niche segment in the wireless telecommunication market to benefit from the economy of scales in terms of user equipment, radio access equipment, core network and IT infrastructure," Su said.

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