Motorola Solutions has announced that it has shipped its two millionth TETRA digital radio terminal. It reached this milestone in less than four years, half the time it took to reach the first milestone of one million units bought by customers.
The company said that the increasing rate of shipment for TETRA terminals highlights the accelerating growth of the worldwide user base depending on reliable TETRA digital radio technology and the continued market recognition of Motorola’s pioneering position in the development of innovative TETRA solutions.
The strength and maturity of this market also is reflected in the pace of innovation brought to users. In recent months Motorola has introduced the MTM5200 and MTM5500 TETRA mobile radios, as well as the new MTP6550, one of the most advanced TETRA portable radios in the world (pictured).
The new additions are all capable of supporting TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS), a mission-critical resilient and secure data service compliant with the ETSI TETRA standard. Motorola said that the new devices will ensure that investments made in TETRA today will be able to support data services in the future, which through TEDS provide up to 20 times faster access to back-office applications, such as business intelligence and databases.
The latest customers from around the world who have chosen TETRA radio terminals from Motorola Solutions include Bangalore International Airport in India and Metro Service, the operator of Copenhagen Metro, in Denmark, which is deploying the Motorola MTP3250 and MTP3200 TETRA radio terminals.
Motorola presented Surrey Police with a trophy to mark the delivery of the 200,000th terminal in November 2003, which was followed by the delivery of the one millionth terminal to the Jordan Armed Forces in 2009.
Tom Quirke, vice president and general manager, Global TETRA Organization, Motorola Solutions, said: ‘We are very proud that more than two million users in government and enterprise sectors trust the superior quality of our TETRA radio terminals. We are aware that for many of them this communication tool is their lifeline in mission-critical situations.
‘TETRA radio technology remains the technology of choice for organizations with a need for mission-critical and reliable communications around the world. Motorola Solutions is committed to remaining a leader in this field by bringing further innovations to the market. The next stage is to deliver increased data capability via TEDS to both the radio terminals and collaborative devices.’
TETRA market prospects
Thomas Lynch, manager, mobile radio and aerospace research at HIS, added: ‘Based on our research, we see growth trends in regions that are not traditionally TETRA strongholds including North Africa, Australasia, and South America. The Middle East in particular has seen remarkable growth with an increase in shipments of TETRA terminals of over 50% from 2010 levels.
‘When we look at sectors and regions, the public safety and security segment remains strong, but we expect to see big growth in transportation and utility markets. Our overall view in all regions is very positive: TETRA is here to stay, and we’re estimating strong growth for the next five years.’