The TETRA professional mobile radio standard continues to dominate the critical communications market, according to new data released by IMS Research (now part of IHS Inc.) which shows that 2012 is the third consecutive year for record shipments by manufacturers of TETRA equipment.
IMS reports that the technology is being deployed in more regions than ever before, and showing strong acceptance in a growing number of vertical markets.
Reflecting the ongoing popularity of the TETRA standard, the industry’s annual Critical Communications World conference and exhibition is expecting a record number of attendees and exhibitors. This year the event takes place in Paris from 21-24 May 2013.
‘TETRA is a robust and highly specified standard that has proven its worth time and time again to its users, and to the wider public who depend on critical communications for their safety and security,’ said Phil Kidner, CEO of the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA).
‘The established leader throughout the world, there are still new markets opening up. These include North America, where we are seeing TETRA being adopted for the first time in the utilities and public transport sector,’ said Kidner.
Deryn Evans, senior mobile radio market analyst at IMS Research, stated: ‘Our study shows growth of more than 12% in the number of terminals shipped in 2012 compared to 2011.The European public safety and security market remains the backbone of the TETRA market. However, we are seeing increasing success for TETRA in a number of user areas and regions that are not traditional strongholds of the technology.
‘TETRA is diversifying its customer base to users considered more in the business critical model rather than mission critical. The success of TETRA ATEX is of particular note, as it becomes the technology of choice for intrinsically safe operations,’ said Evans.
Critical Communications World is the TETRA industry’s flagship annual event. Now in its 15th year, it has been expanded to enable exponents of all critical communications technologies to participate, and to contribute as the TCCA leads the development of mobile broadband solutions for mission-critical data.
Specifically, the conference will examine how LTE can be combined with TETRA to ensure increased bandwidth capability while maintaining unsurpassed resilience, security and availability.
‘Critical Communications World is THE meeting place for the international critical communications community. Next month we will welcome delegates from more than 85 countries to learn and network with more than 150 speakers and 125 exhibiting companies. The show will share all the latest TETRA innovations while debating what’s next for mission critical mobile broadband. We are delighted to develop and present this event in partnership with the TCCA at such exciting time for this industry,’ said Hanna Jackson, director, Critical Communications World for IIR Telecoms.