Public Safety Communications: From LMR to 5G Technological and Marketing Analysis

Public Safety Communications: From LMR to 5G Technological and Marketing Analysis

PracTel, Date of Publication: Jun 10, 2015, 224 Pages
lte, Long Term Evolution, P25, TETRA, Public Safety Communications, LMR, 5G
US$3,800.00
PT7581

This report addresses in details one of the major changes in PSC: introduction of LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology to support critical communications tasks; until recently, such support was exclusively P25 and TETRA and some other LMRs (Land Mobile Radios) systems prerogative. It also concentrates on efforts to build a LTE-based broadband nationwide PSC networks in U.S. (the FirstNet) and in England. 


The report provides up-to-date information on the nationwide PSC LTE-based networks development, on recent 3GPP releases that affect PSC and on industry consolidated efforts to support coexistence of LTE and LMR (both P25 and TETRA) as PSC are preparing to enter the 5G era. Marketing aspects are also detailed.

5G wireless access - in contrast to earlier generations - should not be seen as a specific radio access technology. It is, rather, the overall wireless-access solution addressing the demands and requirements of mobile communication beyond 2020. LTE, which was born as a 4G technology, will continue to develop in a backwards-compatible approach and will be an important part of the 5G solution for frequency bands below 6 GHz. In parallel, new radio access technologies will emerge, at least initially targeting new spectrum. As such, LTE will play an important role in advancing Public Safety Communications.

This report is about current and future technological and marketing trends in PSC. Particular, it addresses the following items:

  • Introduction of PSC based on the LTE technology and its evolution. LTE marketing and technological analysis is performed, emphasizing applicability of this technology for PSC. The survey of LTE vendors is conducted.
  • The U.S. first nationwide PSC LTE-based network – FirstNet- launch and current developmental status are presented. Technical details, structure and governing of FirstNet are also addressed.
  • The current status of the P25 technology and markets are discussed. The survey of P25 vendors’ portfolios is presented. Current trends in this industry development are emphasized.
  • The current status of the TETRA technology and markets are discussed. The survey of TETRA vendors’ portfolios is presented. Current trends in this industry development are emphasized.
  • PSC LTE-related activities in Europe are addressed. Construction of the PSC LTE nationwide network in England is discussed.
  • Specifics of PSC with co-existence of conventional P25 and TETRA technologies and LTE technology are discussed. Marketing aspects of PSC utilizing LTE are addressed.


Public Safety Communications - From LMR to 5G Technological and Marketing Analysis

Altogether, the report objective was to discuss the aspects of PSC future. At the present time, P25 and TETRA dominate PSC. Already in 2012, PSC LTE-based private systems have been introduced. Such systems benefits include high speed of transmission and economics of scales of commercially available equipment, among others.
At the same time, LTE systems, currently, cannot fulfil all requirements of PSC users. The report is discussing such limitations; 3GPP standards that supposed to address some of these issues will not be ready until 2019-2020. The report emphasizes that in foreseeable future LTE and P25/TETRA technologies will, probably, co-exist in PSC.
The report is written for a large audience of technical and managerial staff involved in the design and implementation of PSC networks as well as for users such networks. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Status 11
1.2 Union 12
1.3 Scope and Goals 12
1.4 Research Methodology 13
1.5 Target Audience 13

2.0 Bridging 4G and 5G - LTE Place in PSC

2.1 Interest 14
2.1.1 NPSTC 14
2.1.2 TCCA 14
2.2 3GPP and LTE 15
2.2.1 Releases and PSC 16
2.3 LTE Timetable 19
2.4 Broadband Wireless Communications Stages and LTE Place 21
2.4.1 LTE Standardization-Industry Collaboration 22
2.5 Key Features of LTE 23
2.6 Details 26
2.6.1 Evolved UMTS Radio Access Network (EUTRAN) - eNB 26
2.6.2 UE Categories 27
2.6.3. Evolved Packet Core (EPC) 28
2.6.4 LTE Layers 29
2.7 LTE Advanced 31
2.8 Self-organized Network (SON) 31
2.9 SAE/EPS - Details 32
2.9.1 Functional Structure 32
2.9.2 Interfaces 34
2.10 Market 35
2.10.1 General 35
2.10.2 Drivers 35
2.10.3 Demand: Wireless Broadband 35
2.10.4 LTE Market Projections 36
2.11 Summary of LTE Benefits 39
2.12 Vendors 40
Agilent 40
Altair Semiconductor 41
Alcatel-Lucent-NEC 42
Altera 45
Aricent 46
AceAxis 47
Cisco 48
CommAgility 49
Ericsson 50
Fujitsu 51
Huawei 52
Lime Microsystems 54
Motorola Solutions 56
Nokia Siemens Networks 57
NXP 59
Qualcomm 60
Samsung 61
Sequans 62
TI 63
u-blox 64
ZTE 64
3.0 FirstNet: Features and Characteristics 66
3.1 General 66
3.1.1 Beginning - Plan 66
3.1.2 Governing 67
3.2 Differences – PSG Communications 68
3.3 RFIs and RFPs Process 70
3.4 FirstNet – LTE 71
3.4.1 Standards Compliance 73
3.5 FirstNet and LTE Current Limitations: 3GPP Releases 76
3.5.1 LTE –P25 76
3.5.2 FirstNet- Adopting Commercial Technology 77
3.5.3 Challenges and Coexistence 78
3.6 Vendors 79
Athena 79
CalAmp 81
Elektrobit 81
Elbit 82
Harris 83
In Motion Technology –Sierra Wireless 85
Motorola Solutions 85
Oceus 87
Star Solutions 88
3.7 Interoperability Testing 89
3.7.1 Alcatel-Lucent, NSN, Cisco, Harris 89
3.7.2 Rohde & Schwarz and Elektrobit 90
3.8 Spectrum - Details 90
3.9 Pilot Projects 91

4.0 Project 25 (P25)

4.1 Standardization and Technologies 93
4.1.1 General: P25 Standard 93
4.1.2 Process 93
4.1.3 Project 25/TIA 102: Scope 95
4.1.4 Status 96
4.1.5 CAP 97
4.2 P25 Development-Phase I 97
4.2.1 General Mission and Objectives 98
4.2.2 Compliance 99
4.2.3 Benefits and Issues 100
4.2.4 Technical Highlights- Interfaces 101
4.2.5 Security 109
4.2.6 Coding 110
4.2.7 P25 Voice Messaging 110
4.2.8 Frequency Bands 110
4.2.9 Spectrum: Problems 111
4.2.10 Major Contributions 114
4.2.11 Services 115
4.2.12 Network Scenario 116
4.2.13 Summary 116
4.3 P25 Phase II 117
4.3.1 Transition 117
4.3.2 Scope 118
4.3.3 Interfaces – Phase II 118
4.3.4 Attributes 120
4.3.5 Data Services Standards 121
4.3.6 Enhancements - Details 121
4.3.7 Time and Documentation 123
4.4 P25 Radio Market Analysis 124
4.4.1 General 124
4.4.2 Geography 125
4.4.3 Market Drivers 125
4.4.4 Market Forecast 125
4.4.5 P25 Industry 129
Avtec 129
Airbus Defense and Space Communications (formerly Cassidian) 130
Codan 132
Digital Voice System 133
Etherstack 134
Harris 136
Kenwood 136
Midland 137
Motorola Solutions 138
Objective Interface Systems 140
PowerTrunk 140
Relm 142
Raytheon JPS 144
Simoco 146
Technisonic Industries 146
Thales 147
Tait Electronics 148
Vertex Standard 149
Westel 151

5.0 TETRA

5.1 General 153
5.1.1 Major Milestones 154
5.2 TETRA: Scope-Release I 155
5.2.1 General 155
5.2.2 Spectrum Regulations 156
5.2.3 TETRA and GSM 156
5.2.4 Main Features 157
5.2.5 Benefits 162
5.2.6 Networking 163
5.2.7 Release I Details 166
5.3 Security 171
5.4 Summary 173
5.5 TETRA Release II 173
5.5.1 Drivers 174
5.5.2 Applications 176
5.5.3 Trunked Mode Operation (TMO) Range Extension 176
5.5.4 Adaptive Multiple Rate (AMR) Voice Codec 177
5.5.5 Mixed Excitation Liner Predictive, Enhanced (MELPe) Voice Codec 177
5.5.6 Data Services Development 177
5.5.7 Comparison 181
5.5.8 Enhancements 183
5.6 Market Analysis 183
5.6.1 General 183
5.6.2 Certification 184
5.6.3 Geography 184
5.6.4 Market Drivers-Industries-Applications 185
5.6.5 Market Forecast 187
5.7 Industry 189
Artevea 190
Airbus DS 191
ClearTone 194
DAMM Cellular 195
EtherStack 196
Hytera 197
Motorola Solutions 198
Pegasus Network 199
Portalify 199
Rohill 200
Sepura 202
Selex ES 204
Teltronic 206
Team Simoco 208
Thales 210
5.8 P25 and TETRA 212
5.8.1 General 212
5.8.2 Characteristics 213
5.8.3 Modifications 215
5.8.4 TETRA in North America: Trials and Deployments 216

6.0 TETRA – LTE

6.1 Possibility – Union 218
6.1.1 ETSI - TCCA 218
6.2 England – LTE PSC Network 219
7.0 Conclusions 220
Appendix I: 3GPP Releases 222
Appendix II: References 224

Date of Publication:
Jun 10, 2015
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