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Australia - Mobile Radio Market

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The major market for two-way radio systems is in the traditional emergency services and public services markets – police, fire brigades, ambulance services, railways, utility companies, and councils. Private applications are also extensive and can be found in the security, hospitality, education, transport, industrial and mining industries, oil and gas exploration, and on rural properties in the outback.

Over the last decade the market has very much been a replacement market, with about 100,000-150,000 terminals sold per annum.

While there were indications that the market was going into a new phase as many systems need to be replaced and upgraded, this has so far not occurred. The question therefore is if the predicted doubling of the market size will actually occur, especially in the wake of other wireless mobile developments.

The arrival of Airwave Solutions in the market is interesting; it was the company in the United Kingdom (UK) that for the first time pulled all the public safety mobile radio services into one national network. Stimulated by the lower cost and feature benefits of TETRA standard, many countries outside North America are already operating, or considering citywide, county or nationwide networks. The strong motivation for ongoing success of TETRA in these international markets is the open standard (ETSI based), its frequency efficiency, and rich features. Its multivendor environment is supported by a formalised interoperability regime.

In this report we also detail why Australia is not able to afford its current ageing and frequency inefficient closed networks. By late 2010 several state governments were looking at a whole-of-government approach to gain the economic and operational benefits available from networks that are based on open standards and provide interstate interoperability.

BuddeComm realises that this report is not of the quality that we would like it to be. It is on the edge of our research scope. However, as it contains rare and valuable information for those interested in this market we have kept it at a reduced price.

Companied mentioned

Companied mentioned in this report include – ETSA, Motorola, Telstra, Visionstream, MasterCom, Country Fire Authority (CFA), Tyco.

Hot topics and technologies mentioned

Hot topics and technologies mentioned in this report include – digital mobile radio (DMR), private mobile radio (PMR), TDMA, Government Radio Network (GRN) Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD).

1. Synopsis
2. Analysis of the Mobile Radio Market
2.1 Private mobile radio falls more and more behind - 2012
3. Previous Analyses - 2011
3.1 Emergency services need to move away from silo thinking
3.2 PMR market hotting up in Australia
3.3 The effect of the NBN on mobile radio
3.4 Lack of trans-sector strategies
3.5 Will Airwave Solutions change the PMR market?
3.6 Open networks
4. Developments in recent years
4.1 Sydney to get new city-wide digital two-way radio network
4.2 Telstra plans emergency radio service to run across Next G
4.3 Telstra Vehicle Access Network
4.4 Motorola
4.4.1 Dual-mode MOTOTRBO radio system
4.4.2 Zeon Digital network
5. Market statistics
5.1 Background information
6. The slow road from analogue PMR and TMR to digital radio
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Trunked Mobile Radio (TMR)
6.3 Public Mobile Radio (PMR)
6.4 Spectrum licensing
7. The key standards
7.1 APCO-25
7.1.1 APCO-25 advantages
7.2 Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA)
7.2.1 TETRA frequency problems
8. Major service providers
8.1 Team Telecom/ComGroup Australia
8.2 Vertical Telecoms (Vertel)
9. Emergency services organisations networks
9.1 New South Wales
9.2 Victoria - Country Fire Authority digital upgrade
9.3 South Australia
9.4 Western Australia
9.4.1 Historic overview
9.4.2 Western Australia Police Network
9.4.3 Western Australia Community Safety Network
9.5 Queensland
9.5.1 Brisbane gets $8m Zeon network
9.6 Tasmania
9.6.1 Tasmania’s digital radio network is delayed – mid-2006
10. Related reports
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 – Zeon network – key vertical markets targeted
Exhibit 2 – Three services, one network, one radio device
Exhibit 3 – Two-way radio market – 1990 - 2010
Exhibit 4 – Two-way radio systems
Exhibit 5 - Australian APCO deployments
Exhibit 6 – NSW GRN
Exhibit 7 – The South Australian GRN

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