With a market size valued at $16.8 billion by 2026, it is a good prospect for the global public safety LTE market

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Editing: 9; Published: February 2021
Executive Pool: 13032
Companies: 52 – Players covered include Airspan Networks Inc; AT&T, Inc.; Bittium Corporation; Cisco Systems Inc.; Cobham plc; Frequentis SA; General Dynamics Corporation; Hytera Communication Co.Ltd. ; L3Harris Technologies, Inc.; Leonardo SpA; Mentura Group OY; Motorola Solutions, Inc.; Nokia Corporation; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. ; Sierra Wireless; Sonim Technologies Inc.; Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson; Verizon Communications Inc. and others.
Blanket: All major geographies and key segments
segments: Type (Infrastructure, Services); Deployment (Private, Hybrid, Commercial); Enforcement (law enforcement and border control, fire services, emergency medical services, disaster management)
Geographies: World; United States; Canada; China; Europe; France; UK; Spain; Rest of Europe; Asia Pacific; Rest of the world.


Global public safety LTE market to reach US$16.8 billion by 2026
LTE public safety is defined as the use of LTE mobile broadband communication for mission critical communications usage which was implemented on LMR and TETRA networks until now. Currently, a large percentage of PS-LTE networks use the 700 MHz band, with few countries testing LTE on lower bands such as the 400 MHz band. Since reliable communication is essential for the efficient delivery of critical services and emergency planning, public safety LTE is experiencing increasing demand. The expansion of first responder teams is resulting in a growing number of pre-emergency supply contracts for telecommunications equipment and services, including LTE systems. Launching of community emergency response programs and formation of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) in hospitals are also expected to benefit the growth of the market. The rise of smart cities will increase the need for advanced LTE public safety solutions. Public Safety LTE helps make cities smarter and safer by providing robust, reliable and dedicated networks. Technology provides solutions for crime prevention; for emergency medical services; for firefighters and rescuers, to name a few. Strict fire safety regulations in the United States and Europe, coupled with increasing government initiatives in different regions to increase fire safety awareness, are expected to drive the demand for public safety LTE. Using public safety LTE benefits fire and rescue teams in several ways, including providing advanced vehicle location services to support the fire truck fleet.

Amid COVID-19 crisis, Global Public Safety LTE Market Estimated at US$7.5 billion in 2022, is expected to reach a revised size of US$16.8 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 19.9% ​​over the analysis period. Infrastructure, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.9% to reach 14 billion US dollars at the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and the induced economic crisis, the growth of the Services segment is readjusted to a revised CAGR of 22.5% for the next 7-year period. Hybrid networks are expected to grow faster as companies focus on maximizing their investments in LMR-LTE capable radios. Technology investments and end-user CAPEX on improvements to existing narrowband voice/LMR networks will continue to increase demand for hybrid LTE solutions.

The US market is estimated at $2.5 billion in 2022, when China is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2026
The US public safety LTE market is estimated at US$2.5 billion in 2022. The country currently accounts for a 33.9% share of the global market. Chinaworld’s second largest economy, is expected to reach an estimated market size of US$1.7 billion in 2026 with a CAGR of 20.7% over the analysis period. Other notable geographic markets include Canada and Europe, each predicting growth of 18.5% and 17.7% respectively over the analysis period. In Europe, France is expected to grow at around 18.2% CAGR while the rest of the European market (as defined in the study) will reach US$1.4 billion at the end of the analysis period. Growing 4G penetration is expected to support growth in both developed and developing regions. Developed countries such as the United States and Japanand Europe represent the main users of 4G technology and in the majority of developed countries, 4G has reached a significant penetration rate. 4G has also made rapid progress in developing countries such as Chinathe most populous nation in the world, and has recently grown in size in Indiathe second most populous country.

Adoption of LPWA technologies in public safety applications is increasing
As cellular LPWA offers several advantages over non-cellular LPWA, public safety organizations are increasingly opting for cellular LPWA technologies such as LTE machine-type communications (LTE-M) and narrowband IoT ( NB-IoT) for monitoring, tracking and other IoT applications. The challenges of non-cellular LPWA, such as the policy of low data rates limiting the use of available bandwidth and greater interference between devices, are expected to pave the way for cellular LPWA technologies in public safety applications. LPWA cellular connectivity solutions can provide public safety applications with better coverage, lower cost and lower power consumption than conventional cellular technologies. Nearly 156 such networks have been deployed, supported by 70 operators in 40 countries. LTE-M is a branch of LTE technology designed for machine-to-machine communication. Unlike other LPWANs, LTE-M/Cat-M1/Cat-M2 networks can use existing 4G LTE infrastructure. Thanks to LTE-M, IoT devices can transmit and receive large amounts of data without draining the battery. The rapid evolution of wearable technology holds promise for public safety end users. The need for information on the go is increasingly being met by wearable technology. Firefighters’ body sensors detecting distress, police officers receiving information on smartwatches, and paramedics seeing vital information on smart glasses are just a few of the possibilities that wearable technology offers.

Devices using LTE-M and NB-IoT tend to experience longer battery life by transmitting small amounts of data and then entering deep sleep cycles. Additionally, these devices can transmit data repeatedly until the message is received, effectively resulting in extended coverage. LTE-M offers better reliability, lower latency and higher data rates at approximately 4 Mbps compared to non-cellular LPWA networks. The higher data rate and reliable data transfer on the go are ideal for mission-critical applications requiring real-time input. With higher data throughput than other LPWANs and older networks, devices connected via LTE-M can download major updates, including new features and security updates without draining the battery. While non-cellular LPWAs such as LoRa and SigFox operate on unlicensed spectrum, LTE-M and NB-IoT are designed for use on licensed broadband spectrum. Use of unlicensed bands may result in greater interference between devices, which may reduce efficiency. A notable development in the market, Telit, a global IoT solutions provider, is offering LTE modules certified to support LTE-M for use on FirstNet, providing reliable connectivity for first responders and public safety devices. Continued

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