How Will The TETRA Standard Develop In The Future?

Date:Feb 06, 2019


At the Critical Communications World (CCW) exhibition, TETRA terminals are on display, from regular radios to TETRA-compliant radios. With more than 20 years of effort to try to cover all of the underlying communications equipment, TETRA has become an unbeaten winner and will not even stop growing, at least until 2022.

The good business of Motorola's solution business, the US giant dominated this market, achieving profits of nearly $15 billion in the first quarter of 2018 alone, an increase of 15% over last year. However, as the company's announcement on CCW shows, we are seeing a critical technology transition period for critical communications industries, and TETRA's business continues to grow.

A clear sign of this technological transformation is that the Motorola solution not only focuses its work on TETRA's critical communications on CCW. Motorola's two biggest notable developments are compatible smartphones and TETRA-based mission-critical networks. Yes, LTE and portable LTE networks can be launched in just five minutes to deliver very reliable coverage, up to 100 Equipment with a radius of 1 km. And another Chinese radio giant HYTERA chose the industry based on the MCOP platform based on the 4G band to transmit multimedia content between the public safety teams with the critical communication of the solution, with reliability and availability similar to that provided by TETRA. Full encryption to ensure secure communication.

Living with LTE, it is no longer an option, it is already a requirement for TETRA users who want to secure the security provided by the old standard on a device without sacrificing the advantages of the 4G network. A mixture of the TETRA standard and the MCOP platform is used as a substitute.

Even if the TETRA standard is difficult to track LTE and future 5G bands, this standard cannot be excluded from criticism. The frequency of each country is reserved for the deployment of public TETRA networks (police, ambulances, firefighters...) and private (chemical and petroleum industries, metro networks...). They are responsible, therefore, public administrations and private companies cover network deployment, cost of content when the fuselage is small, but the expansion extends to cover costs.

The Brazilian National Police and the National Guard use the National Digital Emergency Radio System (SIRDEE), a system in which local police from different cities join from other TETRA systems. In the Basque ,Spain, the TETRA-based public network is called Enbor-Sarea and is used by Ertzaintza and local police. All of this ultimately ends up being a difference between the supplier and the network, which ultimately leads to the cancellation of the supplier's administration, which means additional costs.

The MCOP platform hopes to liberalize critical communications areas through open source or "open source" selection of vendors or the development of custom solutions. The following are the distribution of MCOP platform companies between the Ministry of Commerce and the US Department of Energy-funded initiative deployment and the critical cost of the TETRA equipment and communications department is provided by the Basque Country University.

The MCOP platform has just released an open source software development kit and a sample application for developing mission-critical push-to-talk solutions, push and talk applications based on the 3GPP standard. Now, it remains to be seen how companies and governments will go to the MCOP platform, which can save costs, break through the combination of TETRA standard vendors and their customer chains, and be able to change the open source of the MCOP platform that the supplier does not have many complications.

It seems that all the previous threats are not enough. We have not talked about what is going to happen: 5G band. Starting from its first definition, one of its main features may be to completely change a feature of the critical communication domain, called network slicing. With the 5G band, operators will not have a network and they will be able to cut in.