DMR Reaches 2M Subscribers in 2012 (8/27/13)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | Comments

Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) counted more than 2 million subscribers last year in a major milestone since the first major network shipments started four years ago, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS. Growth in this market will be greater than for any other radio technology, IHS predicted.

While only one DMR supplier could be found in 2010, more vendors have developed DMR solutions or have announced their intention to do so since then. Worldwide DMR subscribers last year reached 2.13 million, up a sizable 54 percent from 1.38 million in 2011. This year, user radios will increase by a projected 40 percent to 2.97 million. And by 2017, the total installed base for DMR active radios will hit 7.19 million, a mighty leap from just 330,000 subscribers in 2009.

Developed in Europe, DMR is an open standard for digital radio aimed at professional mobile users. Mobile radios, base stations and switches form part of a complete DMR terminal solution, and the products are used in public security, law enforcement and public utilities, among other markets.

“DMR has been one of the real success stories in the licensed mobile radio industry in recent years,” said Deryn Evans, senior mobile radio market analyst at IHS. “The increase of the DMR subscriber base to more than 2 million is confirmation of DMR’s appeal, which IHS forecasts will only increase further in the coming years.“

Among the factors driving the growth of the DMR market is the migration to digital. While the majority of the user base for licensed mobile radio still uses analog, the shift to digital is under way and gathering pace, offering great potential for DMR as well as other digital technologies in the coming years.

“With the availability of DMR Tier 3, which is now shipping following several successful trials worldwide, as well as with new vendors entering the market increasing competition further, there are even more options for analog users to switch to DMR,” Evans said.

The data is included in the IHS report titled “DMR/dPMR and Competing Technologies – World – 2013.” The report also includes digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR), NXDN and Professional Digital Trunking (PDT) data sets of radio installed base, shipments and revenue, geographic regions and vertical markets, and forecasts up to 2017.

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