Ryan Darrand is an IHS senior analyst II in the Critical Communications team, based out of the IHS European HQ in Wellingborough, United Kingdom. Having spent nearly 15 years as a military intelligence analyst and communications specialist, his area of expertise is the critical communications field and the applied use of this technology.
Ahead of Critical Communications MENA taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai from November 7 to 8 in 2016, Ryan Darrand shares the IHS outlook on the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) LMR market was the fastest growth market in 2015, as shipments into the region increased by 30%.
IHS projects the MEA will experience the fastest rate of digitization in the world, as the share of the digital installed base was more than half in 2015, and is projected to increase significantly by the end of 2020. The Middle East and Africa have particularly favourable conditions for the growth in the communications market. As sub-regions rich in natural resources are faced with security concerns, critical communications have become more important.
TETRA more than doubled its unit shipments into the region in 2015, the majority of which was attributable to the oil-rich Middle East, notably Saudi Arabia; TETRA deployments into Iraq also increased significantly. Political unrest and security requirements in the region have spurred the need for secure communications, as Libya utilized TETRA communications.
TETRA has been successful across several vertical markets including public safety and security, utility sectors and the military across the region. TETRA Solutions have also served the transportation sector in the UAE and Qatar.
Cost optimized digital solutions also achieved significant growth in 2015, increasing shipments to over 250,000 units; the region had the fastest growth market for cost optimized digital technologies.
Over the next five years, IHS forecasts that the MEA will be the fastest growing market for cost optimized digital technologies; forecast to increase its installed base by 1.1 million users between 2015 and 2020. Cost Optimized Digital technologies have been particularly successful in African sub-regions in public safety and security sectors, particularly in price-sensitive regions.
The region has also been an early adopter of LTE technologies, as deployments have appeared in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria.
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