Report Says Public-Safety LTE/5G Infrastructure Market to Hit $2B by Year-End
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | Comments

New market research from SNS Telecom & IT estimates that annual investments in public-safety LTE/5G-ready infrastructure will reach $2 billion by the end of 2020. The number includes dedicated, hybrid commercial-private and secure mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) networks.

The Public Safety LTE & 5G Market: 2020 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts report assesses the public-safety LTE/5G market and presents global and regional market size forecasts from 2020 through 2030, covering infrastructure, terminal equipment, applications, systems integration and management solutions, as well as subscriptions and service revenue.

Myriad dedicated, hybrid commercial-private and MVNO-based public-safety LTE and 5G-ready networks are operational or in the process of being rolled out throughout the globe. In addition to projects in the United States, United Kingdom and South Korea, the Royal Thai Police’s LTE network is already operational in the greater Bangkok region, Finland's VIRVE 2.0 mission-critical mobile broadband service is moving forward, France's PCSTORM critical communications broadband project has advanced, and Russia's secure 450 MHz LTE network for police forces, emergency services and the national guard is in place.

Other operational and pilot deployments range from nationwide systems in the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region to local and city-level private LTE networks for first responders in markets as diverse as Canada, China, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Cameroon, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritius, Canary Islands, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Trinidad & Tobago, as well as multidomain critical communications broadband networks such as Nordic Telecom in the Czech Republic and Mobile Radio Center’s (MRC) LTE-based advanced MCA digital radio system in Japan, and secure MVNO platforms in countries such as Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia and Estonia.

The firm expects to see rollouts of localized 5G new radio (NR) systems for incident scene management and related use cases, potentially using up to 50 megahertz of band n79 spectrum in the 4.9 GHz frequency range, which has been designated for public-safety use in multiple countries including but not limited to the United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Qatar.

The $2 billion in infrastructure investments by the end of 2020 will predominantly be driven by new buildouts and the expansion of existing dedicated and hybrid commercial-private networks in a variety of licensed bands across 420/450 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1.4 GHz and higher frequencies, in addition to secure MVNO networks for critical communications.

Complemented by a rapidly expanding ecosystem of public safety grade LTE/5G devices, the market will further grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 10% between 2020 and 2023, eventually accounting for more than $3 billion by the end of 2023.

The lack of well-established digital LMR systems in many developing economies makes it possible to leapfrog directly from analog technologies to LTE-based critical communications networks for both voice and broadband services, the report said.

In much of the developed world, digital LMR networks are unlikely to be fully replaced by LTE and 5G until the late 2020s to early 2030s, especially in markets where large-scale systems have been rolled out or upgraded recently, for example, Germany's BDBOS, Norway's Nodnett and the Netherlands' C2000 TETRA networks.

Dozens of vendors have already developed both client and application server implementations that are compliant with Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT), mission-critical video (MCVideo) and mission-critical data (MCData) specifications.

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