MCPTT (Mission-Critical PTT) & Group Communications a $1.8 Billion Opportunity, Says SNS Telecom & IT

10th November 2022: SNS Telecom & IT's latest research report indicates that annual spending on client and application server platforms associated with MCPTT (Mission-Critical PTT) and group communications – for public safety broadband subscribers over both commercial and dedicated 3GPP networks – will reach nearly $1.8 Billion by the end of 2025.

Many commercial and dedicated public safety broadband networks already utilize some form of PTT (Push-to-Talk) technology to support group communications for first responders and other critical communications user groups, and dozens of vendors have developed both client and application server implementations that are compliant with the 3GPP's MCPTT, MCVideo (Mission-Critical Video) and MCData (Mission-Critical Data) specifications, collectively known as MCX (Mission-Critical PTT, Video & Data). In addition, a number of suppliers – including but not limited to Ericsson, Samsung, Nemergent Solutions, Etherstack and Streamwide – have launched LMR-3GPP MCX IWF (Interworking Function) solutions that bridge traditional LMR systems with MCX services over 3GPP networks to support standards-based communications interoperability between narrowband and broadband networks.

Production-grade deployments of 3GPP standards-compliant MCX services – beginning with MCPTT functionality – are continuing to accelerate in national markets across North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Early adopters range from South Korea's Safe-Net (National Disaster Safety Communications Network), the United States' FirstNet (First Responder Network) and Great Britain's ESN (Emergency Services Network) to mobile operators such as Verizon, Southern Linc, Telus, SFR, KPN, Swisscom, Telia, Føroya Tele and STC (Saudi Telecom Company). In the coming months, France's RRF (Radio Network of the Future), Spain's SIRDEE public safety broadband network, Finland's VIRVE 2.0 mission-critical broadband service and several other national-scale public safety broadband projects are also expected to introduce MCX services as well as LMR-3GPP interworking capabilities where required.

In conjunction with the commercial maturity of additional 5G-focussed 3GPP Release 17 and 18 features – specifically 5G MBS (5G Multicast-Broadcast Services), 5G NR sidelink for off-network D2D (Device-to-Device) communications, NTN (Non-Terrestrial Network) integration, and support for lower 5G NR bandwidths – MCX services are expected to drive 3GPP networks to a position to be able to fully replace legacy LMR systems by the mid-to-late 2020s. National public safety communications authorities in multiple countries have already expressed a willingness to complete their planned narrowband to broadband transitions within the second half of the 2020 decade.

SNS Telecom & IT estimates that annual investments in MCX-related client and application server platforms will exceed $1 Billion by the end of 2022. The market segment will further grow at a CAGR of approximately 20% between 2022 and 2025, eventually accounting for nearly $1.8 Billion by the end of 2025. These findings are part of SNS Telecom & IT's latest research report on the public safety LTE and 5G market.

The Public Safety LTE & 5G Market: 2022 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts report presents an in-depth assessment of the public safety LTE and 5G market, including the value chain, market drivers, barriers to uptake, enabling technologies, operational models, application scenarios, key trends, future roadmap, standardization, spectrum availability/allocation, regulatory landscape, case studies, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents global and regional market size forecasts from 2022 till 2030, covering public safety LTE/5G infrastructure, terminal equipment, applications, systems integration and management solutions, as well as subscriptions and service revenue.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report, as well as a list and associated details of over 1,150 global public safety LTE/5G engagements – as of Q4’2022.

The report will be of value to current and future potential investors into the public safety LTE and 5G market, as well as LTE/5G equipment suppliers, public safety and government agencies, critical communications service providers, mobile operators, MVNOs and other ecosystem players who wish to broaden their knowledge of the ecosystem.

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