Research: Mission-Critical LTE Markets Set to Increase Across Sectors
Tuesday, September 04, 2018 | Comments

Market research firm IHS Markit predicted that revenues generated by the mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) market are set to increase across all major sectors to 2021. Leading the way is the utilities market, with 120 percent growth, followed by public safety, where revenues are set to double.

Transport is predicted to see growth of 80 percent, just beating the 75-percent increase expected from the industrial sector.

The successful evolution of the LTE critical communications market is dependent on the incorporation of critical users’ specific requirements and features including push to talk (PTT) and group call, which are not available on commercial networks.

Mission-critical communications features and services have been a key priority of the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and have been specified and incorporated since Release 13.

“The growing appetite for broadband-enabled data applications and the increasing possibility of spectrum allocation in many parts of the world means that the market for private/hybrid broadband networks for LMR/PMR (professional mobile radio) users will continue to expand across multiple sectors,” said Jesus Gonzalez, IHS Markit senior analyst, critical communications technology.

“As a result, the critical communications industry will move toward a mix of broadband-capable network solutions such as private LTE or the various operating models possible with commercial and private LTE. It is unlikely that users will adopt broadband solutions to the exclusion of existing LMR/PMR, but adoption will be along the lines of a complementary service that allows users to communicate across LMR/PMR and cellular networks, depending on specific operational requirements.”

Mission-critical LTE revenues for utilities is expected to increase from $75 million in 2018 to $165 million in 2021, while public safety will hit $5.9 billion in 2021, up from $3 billion in 2018. Transport mission-critical LTE revenues are expected to reach $849 million in 2021, an increase from $472 million in 2018. Industrial revenues were $472 million in 2018 and are predicted to reach $849 million in 2021.

The figures include revenues from infrastructure, LTE devices, managed services and system integration.

Hybrid revenues are revenues attributed to data/PTT over LTE over a combination (hybrid) of private networks based on commercial cellular technology and public commercial cellular networks that have dedicated access enhancements for users. Private revenues are data over 100-percent privately owned infrastructure based on LTE cellular technology.

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