Report: LTE public safety investment skyrockets
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

A new report indicates that global annual investment in public safety LTE infrastructure will surpass $800 million by the end of this year.

The research, which was carried out by SNS, also suggests that over the next three years, the market is likely to increase by a compound annual growth rate of around 45 per cent. By 2020, up to 3.8 million LTE devices will be shipped for use by public safety sector organisations.

Other findings include that at present, more than 45 per cent of all public safety LTE operates using spectrum in the 700 MHz range, primarily bands 14 and 28. This includes in-service, planned, pilot, and demo networks.

Speaking of the findings, a spokesperson for SNS Research said: “Until recently, LTE has predominantly been considered a supplementary mobile broadband technology in the public safety sector. However, with the standardisation of capabilities such as mission-critical PTT, [the technology] is increasingly being viewed as an all-inclusive critical communications platform.”

The spokesperson continued: “A number of dedicated public safety LTE networks are already operational across the globe, ranging from nationwide systems in the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council region, to citywide networks in Spain, China, Pakistan, Laos and Kenya.

“Among other notable engagements are several ‘early builder’ networks operational in the United States. These will ultimately merge with the wider FirstNet nationwide system. The United Kingdom government is also currently in the process of deploying its own broadband system [in collaboration with EE], the Emergency Services Network.”

The report is titled Public Safety LTE & Mobile Broadband Market: 2017 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts. It was published this week.

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