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Companies 'future proofing' devices at Critical Communications World 2015 reports IHS

Date: 05th June 2015
Topic: News
Author: Laurence Doe
Manufacturer:
Motorola Solutions
Tags: CCW, Huawei, IHS, LTE, PMR, ZTE

Liz_Mead_Headshot.jpgLTE technology developers have signaled a change at Critical Communications World (CCW) this year according to IHS, the global market, industry and technical expertise organisation, which reports a drive towards convergence for the PMR market.

The need for ‘future proofing’ existing PMR devices across all narrowband technologies has been researched in an IHS report: Critical Communications Broadband – 2015, with IHS identifying a CCW 2015 trend of TETRA technology becoming focused on for hybridisation. An example of this is the launch of the SC2020 terminal, which is the first TETRA hand-portable device that is Wi-Fi and alternative data ready, according to its manufacturer Sepura. In addition, the EMEA LEX L10 launch by Motorola Solutions has introduced a dedicated cellular (LTE and 3G) device into the market with design objectives focused on data usage.

“The pattern of traditional LMR companies ‘future-proofing’ and aligning devices with the LTE future suggests some anxiety on the future of narrowband technologies,” explains Liz Mead, senior analyst, critical communications, IHS Technology. “The vast majority of [Critical Communications World 2015] seminars during the plenary sessions were focused on the future of the critical communications market and the integration of broadband networks into traditional narrowband systems. The number of sessions on applications, roadmaps to broadband and the hybridisation of current networks was suggestive of the mind-set of the industry.

“While existing LMR companies are future-proofing their devices for an LTE future, companies such as Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE are streaking ahead with their LTE solutions,” adds Mead. “On display at the event, and further praised at the eLTE Summit just prior to CCW, Huawei’s solutions provide an interesting answer to some of the limitations in low-data, voice-centric narrowband networks.  Essentially considered a part proprietary solution at the moment, eLTE is intended to become an open standard, aligning with the B-TrunC standard as well as 3GPP as this standard becomes more clear.”

Completed not long after the show, the Sepura-Teltronic acquisition was a main topic discussed at the event due to the combined terminals portfolio and Teltronic’s broad infrastructure. This will enable a greater range of products for the LMR market. Expanding Sepura’s geographical footprint across Latin America, the acquisition of Teltronic also enhances its existing presence in the US TETRA market and “may significantly impact the competitive environment for TETRA terminals on a global scale,” explains Mead. 

“There has been increased mergers and acquisitions activity in the LMR market recently, although this is one of the first acquisitions we have seen on such a large scale,” explains Mead. “Undoubtedly, there will be more in the future. There will always be smaller-scale acquisitions, but IHS believes that larger acquisitions may be on the cards within the next couple of years as the market moves towards an LTE future.”

For additional discussion, or for more information about any IHS Critical Communications forecasts, contact Elizabeth Mead (pictured) at ihs.com">Elizabeth.mead@ihs.com or by phone (+44 1933 402255).


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