Skip to main content

Public Safety LTE Network Adoption Gains Momentum

Public safety 4G/5G LTE technology will reach the mainstream markets after 2020 as trials and deployments gain momentum across the world, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. Hardware revenue is expected to grow by 30 percent annually, reaching $540 million in 2025.

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

Public Safety LTE Market Development

"Coexistence with legacy public safety protocols is still crucial, as legacy protocols, such as TETRA and P25, are still being deployed by agencies across the world," said Lian Jye Su, senior analyst at ABI Research.

Public safety LTE offers features that generate augmented user experience for public safety agencies through video streaming, file sharing, and real time analytics, without compromising security. ABI analysts believe that it's imperative that government authorities learn from leading countries such as Australia and Finland.

Public safety networks can benefit from various advancements in LTE. The technologies introduce new applications to public safety LTE -- such as environmental sensors through LTE-M or NB-IoT, real-time surveillance through high-data throughput, and small unmanned aviation systems through edge computing.

Existing public safety solutions, such as Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) that currently operate in proprietary hardware and software, can be virtualized, secured, and integrated with an overlay of cross-functional data storage, analytics, and intelligence.

The 3GPP standardization process is propelling the trials and deployments. The latest 3GPP Release 13 and 14 introduced a series of enhancements to public safety features -- such as mission critical push-to-talk, LTE device-to-device communications, proximity services, and LTE Broadcast.

Outlook for Public Safety Service Innovation

"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," concludes Su.

LTE infrastructure vendors -- notably Huawei and Nokia -- featured mission critical LTE as a key part of their product roadmap. Public safety LTE compatible chipset and user equipment have also been launched or planned by major chipset suppliers and OEMs, such as Qualcomm and Motorola.

Popular posts from this blog

Digital Transformation Investment at $3.4 Trillion

Business technology leadership matters. Across the globe, more leaders have been pursuing bold Digital Transformation (DX) initiatives with the goal of creating new sources of business value through digital products, services, and experiences. As an additional benefit, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that digital transformation efforts improve an organization's resilience against global market disruptions. Global DX investment is forecast to reach $3.4 trillion in 2026 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.3 percent, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Digital Transformation Market Development "Despite strong headwinds from global supply chain constraints, soaring inflation, political uncertainty, and an impending recession, investment in digital transformation is expected to remain robust," said Craig Simpson, senior research manager at IDC . The benefits of investing in DX technology -- including aut

Artificial Intelligence for National Border Security

National border protection agencies are under pressure to provide the highest level of security in the face of growing threats, such as increasing illegal migration and international terrorism. Now, government agencies are embracing advanced border security technologies to aid in effectively and reliably securing national borders. These solutions look to detect and identify potential threats and prevent them from escalating to a point that may jeopardize security. Security Surveillance Market Development Traditional border security patrols and Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance systems aren't adequate protection, and agencies must increasingly deploy new solutions to stay ahead of criminals and other potential threats to ensure the safety of a country’s borders. According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the value of the border security technology market will exceed $70 billion globally in 2027 -- that's rising from $48 billion in 2022. Growing by 47 p

How to Apply Sustainability to Drive Value Creation

Global climate change policy initiatives have been an emerging topic for CEOs and their leadership teams, as they look to the future. Many organizations are preparing to play their part and help reduce carbon emissions. Eighty-seven percent of business leaders expect to increase their organization’s investment in sustainability over the next two years, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner. Customers are the stakeholder group creating pressure for these organizations to invest or act on sustainability issues -- selected by 80 percent of executives, followed by investors (60 percent) and regulators (55 percent). Sustainability Market Development "Sustainability enables businesses to cope with disruption," said Kristin Moyer, VP analyst at Gartner . "Economic uncertainty, geopolitical conflict and escalating materials and energy costs are forcing businesses to reexamine all forms of expenditure." According to Gartner, this focus on essentialism --