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The 4G Era: Public Safety Communications and LTE

  • ID: 1222531
  • Report
  • May 2010
  • 152 Pages
  • PracTel Inc
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The 4G Era: Public Safety Communications and LTE - Technology and Markets Assessment

The wireless communications industry developments show that we are approaching the 4G era; and this report addresses the status of a new generation of Public Safety Communications (PSC) radio supported by the forward-looking Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. From this very wide selection of topics, the report concentrates only on:

- Project 25 marketing and technological features, including this technology developmental phases
- LTE standardization status, technology development and market projections
- Vendors and governmental/standardization organizations activity towards bringing LTE to support PSC.

As it is envisioned now, LTE standards combined with cognitive radio technology will define the future of PSC; bringing first responders communications into the 4G era, which is characterized by, at least, the following features:

- Integration of wireless data, voice and video transmission
- QoS
- Packet-centric environment
- Multimedia environment
- At least several Mb/s of throughput (may be asymmetrical) in the mobile environment
- Up to 1 Gb/s peak rate of transmission in the stationary environment
- Seamless cell transmission, including in-building and outdoor communications with various technologies.

Based on user requirements and the analysis of market potential, the vendors’ community and governmental organizations are in the preparation to accelerate such a transition to 4G:

- There are multiple trials of the LTE technology for various applications

- There is obvious interest of P25 standard organizations, the U.S. Public Safety organizations and the FCC in the developing of the LTE-supported first responders communications environment

- Major equipment vendors are ready for the initial introduction of LTE networks at the end of 2010

- Such companies as Alcatel-Lucent, EADS and other are in the advanced design stages of LTE-supported PSC equipment

- Major service providers are developing LTE-based services with their introduction in 2010-2011

- LTE is favored by public safety for a proposed 700 MHz broadband network, currently is being trialed; with plans for deployment in 2010-2011.

This report analysis showed that, at the present time, the industry is inclined towards LTE as the forward-looking 4G technology; and it will play a significant role in building PSC infrastructure.

The report is recommended for a wide audience of technical, managerial and marketing staff involved in the development of advanced technologies for PSC.

Target Audience:

This report provides P25 and LTE technologies and markets analysis and assessments that are useful for service providers, vendors, network operators and managers, Enterprise IT staff, investors and end users seeking to gain a deeper understanding of PSC and LTE opportunities and barriers.

For systems vendors, integrators and others, the report provides an analysis and assessment of competing products currently available as well as an estimation of the overall opportunities in the coming years. The end users can gain a more thorough understanding of product’s market and capabilities as well as the economics of using 4G technologies to improve cost efficiency.

Research Methodology:

Considerable research was done using the Internet. Information from various Web sites was studied and analyzed; evaluation of publicly available marketing and technical publications was also conducted. Telephone conversations and interviews were held with industry analysts, technical experts and executives. In addition to these interviews and primary research, secondary sources were used to develop a more complete mosaic of the market landscape, including industry and trade publications, conferences and seminars.

The overriding objective throughout the work has been to provide valid and relevant information. This has led to a continual review and update of the information content.
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1.0 Introduction

1.1 General

1.2 Planning Wireless Technologies: Generations

1.3 Goal

1.4 Structure

1.5 Research Methodology

1.6 Target Audience

2.0 4G Technologies

2.1 Wireless Revolution or Evolution?

2.1.1 4G as 3G Successor

2.2 Requirements

2.3 Typical Features

2.4 Choice

3.0 Project P25

3.1 Standardization Process and Technologies

3.1.1 General: P25 Standard

3.1.2 Process

3.1.3 Beginning

3.1.4 Project 25/TIA 102: Scope Efforts Phased Approach Phases Phase I Phase II Phase III

4.0 P25 Development-Phase I

4.1 General Mission and Objectives

4.1.2 Compliance

4.1.3 Benefits and Issues

4.2 Technical Highlights

4.2.1 Common Air Interface

4.2.2 Fixed Station Interface

4.2.3 Console Sub-system Interface (CSSI)

4.2.4 RF Sub-system

4.2.5 Inter-system Interface (ISSI) ISSI Technology

4.2.6 Telephone Interconnect Interface

4.2.7 Network Management Interface

4.2.8 Host and Network Data Interfaces

4.2.9 Summary: Interfaces

4.3 Security

4.4 Coding

4.5 Frequency Bands

4.6 P25 Voice Messaging

4.7 System

4.8 Spectrum: Problems

4.8.1 700 MHz Band

4.9 Major Improvements

4.10 Services

4.11 Network Scenario

4.12 Summary

5.0 P25 Phase II

5.1 Transition

5.2 Scope

5.3 Time

5.4 Motorola and “Harmonized” Solutions

6.0 P25 Radio Market Analysis

6.1 General

6.2 Geography

6.3 Market Drivers

6.4 Market Forecast

6.4.1 Developments

6.4.2 Model Assumptions

6.4.3 Addressable Market Estimate

6.5 Characteristics

6.5.1 Technical

6.5.2 Economics

7.0 P25 Radio Vendors

- Catalyst

- Daniels

- Datron

- Digital Voice System

- EADS Secure Networks (now PlantCML)

- EF Johnson

- Etherstack

- Harris

- ICOM America

- IPMobileNet

- Kenwood

- M/A-Com (This M/A-Com Business Unit was Acquired by Harris in 2009)

- Midland

- Motorola

- Nexus Wireless

- Northern Airborne

- PowerTrunk

- Pyramid Communications

- Relm

- Raytheon JPS

- Technisonic Industries

- Thales

- Tait Electronics

- Teltronic

- Westel

- Wireless Pacific

8.0 Long Term Evolution (LTE): Technology and Market

8.1 3GPPand LTE

8.1.1 LTE Timetable

8.1.2 Broadband Wireless Communications-Phases

8.1.3 LTE Standardization-Industry Collaboration Industry Initiative Intellectual Property

8.2 Key Features of LTE

8.2.1 Details LTE Advanced SON

8.2.2 Benefits Voice Support VoLTE


8.3.1 Functional Structure

8.3.2 Interfaces

8.4 Market

8.4.1 Demand: Wireless Broadband

8.4.2 LTE Market Projections

8.5 Vendors and Providers

- 4M Wireless

- Agilent

- Altair Semiconductor

- Alcatel-Lucent-NEC

- Altera

- Aricent

- Axis

- Commagility

- Ericsson

- Fujitsu

- Infineon

- Huawei

- Lime Microsystems

- mimoON

- Motorola

- Nokia Siemens Networks


- picoChip

- Qualcomm

- Samsung

- Starent (Cisco)

- TI

- Sequans

- Signalion


9.0 LTE and Critical Communications

9.1 Benefits: LTE for PSC

9.2 Industry Activity

9.2.1 Alcatel-Lucent and EADS

9.2.2 Verizon Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent

9.3 Public Safety Organizations Position

9.4 Public Safety Communications –LTE 700 MHz Band

9.4.1 FCC-NIST

9.4.2 Developments NPSTC FCC

9.5 Projection: LTE-based P25 Equipment Sale

10.0 Conclusions

Acronyms List


Figure 1: Wireless Communications: Generations

Figure 2: APCO Project 25 Interface Committee P25

Figure 3: Generic-P25 System Structure

Figure 4: ISSI-P25 System-to-System

Figure 5: ISSI-Roaming

Figure 6: Radio System Model Illustration

Figure 7: Revised Frequency Plan

Figure 8: Revised Spectrum (Upper 700 MHz sub-band)

Figure 9: 700 MHz Auction

Figure 10: Example-Network Scenario

Figure 11: P25 Equipment Addressable Market (U.S. and Canada, $B)

Figure 12: Addressable Market- P25 Handset & Mobile Sale –N.A. ($B)

Figure 13: P25 Radio Major Applications

Figure 14: Evolution Path

Figure 15: Towards Wireless Mobile Broadband

Figure 16: LTE –IP

Figure 17: Projection: Global Broadband Mobile Subscribers Base (M)

Figure 18: LTE Market-Subscribers’ Base (M)

Figure 19: Projection: LTE Global Equipment Sale ($M)

Figure 20: Projection: LTE-able Devices Production (Mil)

Figure 21: 700 MHz Band Details

Figure 22: Projection: LTE-based P25 Equipment Sale ($M)


Table 1: 4G – Today Wireless Technologies

Table 2: 3G and 4G Features

Table 3: P25 Advantages and Issues

Table 4: PSR Bands

Table 5: P25 Services

Table 6: TETRA vs. P25 Markets

Table 7: 3GPP Releases

Table 8: Major LTE Characteristics

Table 9: LTE Frequency Bands

Table 10: Release 8 Users Equipment Categories
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- 4M Wireless

- Agilent

- Altair Semiconductor

- Alcatel-Lucent-NEC

- Altera

- Aricent

- Axis

- Commagility

- Ericsson

- Fujitsu

- Infineon

- Huawei

- Lime Microsystems

- mimoON

- Motorola

- Nokia Siemens Networks


- picoChip

- Qualcomm

- Samsung

- Starent (Cisco)

- TI

- Sequans

- Signalion

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