Figures from IHS Markit show global TETRA shipments increased by 15 per cent in 2017, well above the average across LMR/PMR technologies, with strong growth noted across all major geographic regions.
The greatest growth market for TETRA in 2017 was in Asia, which saw a 27 per cent increase in deployments. However, over the next five years, the highest growth is expected to come from the Americas.
The largest market by far remains Europe, which accounts for approximately half of all TETRA users. Investments are noted across Europe, from the PIT police network in Italy to the creation of a national TETRA network for police forces in Bulgaria.
Next week sees TCCA’s Critical Communications World event in Berlin, where the TETRA market will be the subject of the Innovating TETRA for the Future Masterclass run by TCCA’s TETRA Industry Group (TIG). Germany has the largest installed base of TETRA users in the world, accounting for 30 per cent of Europe’s TETRA users, and IHS Markit projects a strong TETRA market for Germany to 2030 and beyond.
The TIG gathers together all the major TETRA manufacturers to promote TETRA, develop the technology and advocate an evolutionary path towards future solutions for the mission critical communications market that TETRA serves, based on open standards. It develops expertise on the strengths of TETRA and LTE as competing, complementary or integrated solutions for this market.
The newly elected chair of the TIG is Francesco Pasquali from Leonardo. Francesco takes over from Sepura’s Malcolm Quelch who is due to retire.
“I am delighted to be taking on the chairmanship of the TIG and will work hard to ensure the Group continues as the marketing force it has become under the guidance of Malcolm Quelch,” said Pasquali.
“The market is buoyant for TETRA, with new deployments and operators increasingly using their existing TETRA systems for new data applications to deliver significant improvements in operational efficiency. With the assurance of TETRA being a safe and economic investment, and as dual mode TETRA/LTE terminals and infrastructure come to market, the standard has a strong and stable future.”
Author: Sam Fenwick