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Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Market Size, Share & Covid-19 Impact Analysis, By Operation (Trunked Mode Operation and Direct Mode Operation), By Component (Hardware and Software), By Mounting Type (Portable and Mobile (Vehicular mounted)), By Application (Industrial, Utilities, Transportation, Mining, Military, Homeland Security, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) market size was USD 2.46 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 2.98 billion in 2021 to USD 9.78 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 18.50% in the 2021-2028 period. The impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with TETRA witnessing a positive demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited stellar growth of 16.04% in 2020. The sudden fall in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.


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Terrestrial trunked radio is also known as trans-European trunked radio. TETRA is professional mobile radio communications specifically designed for commercial and military applications. The companies are developing user-friendly devices incorporated with smartphone features as wireless connectivity between radio, smartphones, and other devices through Bluetooth 5.0. Furthermore, rise in military combat missions and surveillance activities has propelled the growth of the terrestrial trunked radio tetra market.

Key Companies Such as Motorola Solutions, Inc., Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, and Airbus Defense and Space Corporation Exhibit Short Term Impact of the Pandemic

The key market players such as Motorola Solutions, Inc., Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, and Airbus Defense and Space Corporation had experienced a sudden decline in the TETRA devices demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of the year 2020, Motorola Solutions, Inc. had a backlog of approximately 47% of the products and systems integration segment and 24% of the software and services segment. However, the demand for the devices is anticipated to rise in mid-2022.


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Adoption of Over-The-Air-Programming (OTAP) Technology is a Prominent Trend

The companies are involved in the design and testing of next-generation TETRA with rugged and lightweight along with high-level connectivity.

Recently, in October 2020, Motorola Solutions launched MXP600. It is a technologically advanced device with mission-critical solutions. The over-the-air programming (OTAP) technology allows radios to be updated on the go and within minutes. Moreover, it operates in less time with cost-effective solutions than the costs involved with traditional radio programming.

Major companies are designing TETRA devices with new features such as push-to-talk mode, late entry economic duplex option, access to modern telecommunication such as call diversion, call waiting and call holding and short dialing.


Increase in Demand of Defense IT Expenditure in Asia Pacific

Growing defense budget and rising expenditure on enhancing military combat capabilities from emerging economies such as China and India boosts the market across Asia Pacific.

The high cost associated with the TETRA is high, thus governments and key companies invest huge amount on the design and development of the market. The high cost of the system is due to the technologically advanced software and hardware installed in the TETRA unit. The recent, defense modernization programs in the U.S., The U.K., Australia, India and others has facilitated the growth of the market. Thus, propelling the demand for the devices in the near future.

Growing Demand for Advanced Communication Systems and Warfare Techniques will Spur Demand

An increase in modern warfare technologies and a growing need for real-time information in battlefield operations will be a driving factor in upcoming years for this market. Increasing terrorism, political conflicts, and cross-border issues led to the adoption of modern warfare techniques and the rising demand for advanced communication systems.

Key companies focus on the weapon data radio provides fire control, situational awareness, and weapon tracking, as it helps steer smart munitions to their targets. Modern tactical data service provides features such as communication security, data link super network, tactical messages, beyond-the-line-of-sight communication, automatic relay of messages, late network entry, and others. This will facilitate the growth of the market.                                                                                                        


High Initial Infrastructure Cost for Establishing TETRA Network May Restraint the Growth of the Market

The infrastructure comprises frequencies such as radiofrequency and electronic systems. devices operate at set frequencies, thus to provide the set frequency band high initial infrastructure cost is required. Similarly, the cost associated with the frequency license and maintenance cost incurs additional costs. Moreover, the expensive antennas and linked hardware systems can hinder the growth of the trunked radio market. Thus, the overall cost of establishing a terrestrial trunked radio network is high and thus, few key players can afford to provide the required infrastructure for the devices.


By Operation Analysis

The Rising Investment by Governments on Surveillance, Combat Operations, and Special Military Missions Will Propel the Growth of the Direct Mode Operation Segment

On the basis of operation segment, the market is sub-segmented into trunked mode operation and direct mode operation.

The trunked mode operation segment is anticipated to be the largest segment in 2020 due to the increasing demand for combat operations, surveillance and special military missions in a couple of years. Thus, companies focus on establishing strong partnership with governments and key OEM companies to expand their market presence.

  • For instance, In May 2020, BAE Systems acquired Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios business. This acquisition incorporates BAE Systems’ portfolio in airborne communications with a wide range of multi-band, multi-channel tactical radios that feature robust anti-jamming and tactical capabilities, including improved situational awareness.

The direct mode operation segment is projected to lead global terrestrial trunked radio market during the forecast period. The segment growth is attributed to the high demand from mission-specific demand from Asian countries specifically China and India.

By Component Analysis

Significant Rise in the Demand for IoT based Software Systems to Boost the Market Growth

On the basis of component segment, the market is sub-segmented into hardware and software.

The software segment exhibits high growth due to the implementation of IoT and smart features-based software specifically designed and developed for critical battlefield operations. Companies such as Artevea Digital Limited, Consort Digital Pvt. Ltd., and NPO Angstrem, PAO have been involved in the development of advanced Internal of IoT-based software.

Hardware is anticipated to be the largest segment in 2020 owing to the high cost associated with the TETRA hardware devices. Companies such as Airbus Defense and Space OY, Rohill Engineering B.V. and Rolta India Limited are designing and developing cost-effective and compact hardware systems for the devices.

By Mounting Type Analysis

Benefits Such as Lightweight, Durable, and Portable Mobile Mounting to Forster Growth

The mounting type segment is bifurcated into portable and mobile, well known as vehicular mounted. The rising use of terrestrial trunked radio for transportation applications will propel the growth of the market. Mobile mounting has additional benefits over portable, such as user-friendly devices, lightweight and durable in rugged conditions. Hence, the mobile mounting type segment is anticipated to grow at the fastest growth rate during the forecast period.

The portable mounting type is a significantly used device type in 2020. Recently in October 2020, Motorola Solutions launched a portable device named MXP600. It has benefits such as Wi-Fi Over-the-Air Programming, innovative audio technology, HD voice ready-hardware and Bluetooth 5.0. This device is used by military personnel for mission-critical communications.

By Application Analysis

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Transportation Segment Exibits High Demand for Secure Communication System

The application segment is further sub-segmented into industrial, utilities, transportation, mining, military, homeland security, fire department, and emergency medical services. The transportation segment is anticipated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period.

The rising adoption of radio for tactical missions in North America and European countries will propel the growth of the market segment. The segment growth is accredited to the growing demand for tactical data links as it offers both long-distance real-time communications and secure connectivity.

The emergency medical services segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the review period due to the increase in the usage of devices during the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. These devices play a crucial role in managing transportation of patients to the hospitals in an emergency situation. The rise in the demand for emergency medical services will boost the growth of the market during the forecast period.

The rising use of smartphone-based features in terrestrial trunked radio devices has facilitated the growth in the industrial domain. Similarly, the secure and effective TETRA systems are used for military and homeland security domains for border surveillance and public safety purposes.


Europe Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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The terrestrial trunked radio (tetra) market is segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world.

Europe TETRA market was valued at USD 0.95 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to lead the market owing to the well-established facilities of the key players such as Airbus Defense and Space Corporation, Inc., Sepura PLC, Rohill Engineering B.V., and Bitea Limited in European countries. These companies have long term contracts with governments and militaries across the globe.

In March 2021, the U.K Ministry of Defense signed a contract worth USD 4.40 billion with the Babcock International for Battlefield and Tactical Communication Information Systems (BATCIS) program to deliver the next-generation tactical communications and information systems.

Asia Pacific is expected to excel significantly during the review period and grow at the highest growth rate in the coming years. Increasing expenditure on the procurement of software-defined radio (SDR) for efficient data transmission and communication clarity in the battlefield drives the market growth. SDR improves data transmission capability, supports multiple waveforms, improves voice clarity, greater system security in a secure mode.

North American market is anticipated to grow at the significant growth rate during the forecast period. Owing to the growing investment from the U.S. department of defense on the upgradation of the IT and communication systems. Rest of the World comprises of sub-regions such as Latin America and the Middle East and Africa. The growing manufacturing facilities and technology adoptions in the defense and homeland security sector in these regions will boost the growth of this market.


Radlink Communications is Offering Innovative TETRA Devices in Asian Countries

The initial challenge for new entrance is to provide technologically advance and unique TETRA devices. Thus, it is observed that few key players are dominating the market. Company named, Radlink Communication is involved in mergers & acquisitions strategic along with expansion strategy. It is establishing its strong presence in Asian countries such as China and India. Radlink Communications, for instance, provides voice and data networks, infrastructure solutions, radio network components.


  • Airbus Defense and Space Corporation (The U.K.)

  • Motorola Solutions, Inc. (The U.S.)

  • Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (China)

  • JVCKENWOOD Corporation (Japan)

  • Simoco (The U.K)

  • Sepura PLC (The U.S.)

  • DAMM Cellular Systems A/S (Denmark)

  • Rohill Engineering B.V. (The Netherlands)

  • BiTEA Limited (The U.K)


  • Radlink Communications (Australia)


  • January 2021 –Viasat Inc. announced that it has ramp up its Link 16 next-generation tactical data links radios production to meet near-term the U.S. and international defense requirements.

  • April 2021 –Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited had selected DAMM TETRA based radio communication system for the Pune Metro Rail Project. The DAMM TETRA based system comprises a combination of high-power DAMM Indoor Systems, Consort Digital Train Radio Systems and Sepura TETRA handheld and mobile radios.


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The TETRA market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as key service providers, devices types, applications, and services. Moreover, it offers insights into the trends and highlights key industry developments. Moreover, the above mentioned factors, the market report encompasses several direct and indirect factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



Value (USD Billion)


By Operation

  • Trunked Mode Operation

  • Direct Mode Operation


By Component

  • Hardware

  • Software


By Mounting Type

  • Portable

  • Mobile (Vehicular mounted)  


By Application

  • Industrial

  • Utilities

  • Transportation

  • Mining

  • Military

  • Homeland Security

  • Fire Department

  • Emergency Medical Services 

By Geography


By Geography

  • North America (Operation; Component; Mounting Type, Application, and Country)

    • The U.S. (By Operation)

    • Canada (By Operation)

  • Europe (Operation; Component; Mounting Type, Application, and Country )

    • The U.K. (By Operation)

    • Germany (By Operation)

    • France (By Operation)

    • Italy (By Operation)

    • Russia (By Operation)

    • Rest of Europe (By Operation)

  • Asia-Pacific (Operation; Component; Mounting Type, Application, and Country )

    • China (By Operation)

    • India (By Operation)

    • Japan (By Operation)

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific (By Operation)

  • Rest of the World (Operation; Component; Mounting Type, Application, and Sub Region )

    • Latin America (By Operation)

    • The Middle East & Africa (By Operation)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was 2.46 USD billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 9.78 billion by 2028.

Registering a CAGR of 18.50%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2021-2028).

The transportation segment is expected to lead this market owing to the increasing demand for radio device components and sub systems amid COVID-19.

Motorola Solutions is the leading player in the global market.

Europe dominated the market in terms of share in 2020.

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