The Public Safety LTE and Mobile Broadband Market: 2012 - 2017

Release Date: November 2012

Number of Pages: 148

Number of Tables and Figures: 106

Synopsis: Considering its thriving ecosystem, spectrum flexibility and performance metrics, public safety organizations worldwide recognize LTE as the de-facto standard for mission critical mobile broadband communications.

With spectrum already allocated, public safety agencies in the Middle East and the U.S have already begun to operate private LTE networks. SNS Research estimates that the installed base of private public safety LTE base stations (eNode Bs) will reach nearly 80,000 globally by the end of 2017, following a CAGR of nearly 80% between 2012 and 2017, and will serve more than 1 Million private public safety LTE subscribers worldwide.

However it is important to note that the transition to LTE is one of the will be one of the most complex technical changes the public safety communications industry will ever witness and will present challenges in its own rights. Furthermore spectrum, regulatory and budgetary issues in certain regions such as Europe will delay large scale deployments

This report presents an in-depth assessment of the global public safety LTE market, besides considering the wider LMR and mobile broadband industries. In addition to covering the business case, the challenges, spectrum allocation strategies, the industry‘s roadmap, deployment case studies, vendor strategies, and the application ecosystem for public safety LTE, the report also presents comprehensive forecasts for mobile broadband, LMR and public safety LTE subscriptions from 2011 till 2017.Also covered are public safety LTE service revenues as well as device and infrastructure (eNodeB base stations) shipment and associated revenue forecasts.

The report comes with an associated XLS datasheet covering quantitative data from all figures presented within the report, as well as a list and associated details of 26 global private public safety LTE network deployments (as of November 2012).

Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics

  • Business case for public safety LTE and mobile broadband services
  • Key benefits of public safety LTE and mobile broadband
  • Challenges to public safety LTE adoption
  • Agency, carrier and vendor commitments to public safety LTE
  • List of public safety LTE commitments worldwide
  • Public safety LTE deployment case studies
  • The industry roadmap for the public safety mobile broadband in general and the LTE market in particular
  • Public safety LTE deployment and funding models
  • Spectrum allocation for public safety LTE
  • Public safety LTE applications ecosystem
  • Public safety LTE vendor assessment and strategies
  • Subscriptions, operating service revenue, unit shipment and revenue forecasts for (private and commercial) public safety LTE, mobile broadband (WiMAX, WCDMA, HSPA, EV-DO) and LMR (TETRA, TEDs, P25, Tetrapol, dPMR, PDT, Analogue Radio) user devices and infrastructure, globally and by region

Key Questions Answered:

The report answers to the following key questions.

  • Which countries will be the first to deploy and adopt LTE for public safety applications?
  • How many private public safety LTE base stations (eNodeBs) and user devices will ship in 2017, and how will these compare to the wider commercial LTE market?
  • How will the VoLTE ecosystem evolve and how will this impact PTT and voice services for public safety LTE?
  • How much revenue will the public safety LTE application ecosystem generate in 2017?
  • How will public safety LTE device shipments vary by form factor (Handportable LMR Terminals, Mobile In-Vehicle LMR Modems, Notebook PCs, USB Dongles, Smartphones, PDAs) overtime?
  • Is a 10 MHz bandwidth for LTE realistically feasible to support public safety applications?
  • Does Huawei stand a chance in the public safety LTE market following its ban in the U.S?
  • How many first responders rely on private and commercial mobile broadband networks for their daily tasks?
  • How will private and commercial public safety LTE subscriptions compare in 2017?
  • How will public safety LTE subscriptions compare to other mobile broadband technologies such as WiMAX and HSPA in 2017?

List of Companies Mentioned:

The following companies have been mentioned in the report:


Abu Dhabi Police

Airspan Networks

Airwave Solutions






AT&T Mobility

Atlas Telecom

ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority)

Aviat Networks

BAE Systems

BayWEB (Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband system)

Brazilian Army

Bridgewater (Now part of Bridgewater)

Bridgewater Systems Corporation


Catalyst Communications

China Mobile


Covia Labs

Dubai Police

Dutch Police





ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)

EENA (European Emergency Number Association)

FCC (Federal Communications Commission)

First Responder Network Authority ('FirstNet')

General Dynamics


Henggeler Computer Consultants

Hong Kong Police Force




Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH (Formely Rohde & Schwarz PMR Division)


ITU (International Telecommunications Union)

UIC (International Union of Railways)


IP Wireless (Part of General Dynamics)

jNetX (Part of Amdocs)



Ktech Corporation

LA-RICS (Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System)

LG Electronics

LG Uplus

Lockheed Martin

Longshine Information Technology Company


Mission Critical Partners

Motorola Mobility

Motorola Solutions

MX Telecom

NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration)

NDS Group



New York Police Department


Nokia Siemens Networks

NPSTC (National Public Safety Telecommunications Council)

Oman Royal Office


Pikewerks Corporation (Part of Raytheon)

Police Federation of Australia

PSCR (Public Safety Communications Research)


Qatar Armed Forces

Qatar MOI



Reality Mobile

RIM (Research in Motion)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Rohde & Schwarz


Sao Paulo Military Police

Sapura Technologies

SANG (Saudi Arabian National Guard)

Saudi MOI

Seattle Fire Department



Shanghai Police

Sierra Wireless

SK Telecom


St. Petersburg Police Department

Tait Communications

TCS (TeleCommunication Systems)

Televate, LLC

TCCA (TETRA and Critical Communications Association)

TETRA Ireland Communications




Turkish National Police Force

Twisted Pair Solutions

U.S Army

U.S Marine Corps

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Verizon Wireless


West Australian Police