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Voice Communication Control System Market Size, Share and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Solution (Hardware, Software, and Services), By Platform (Air, Ground, and Maritime), By Application (Air Traffic Control, Vessel Traffic Control, Strategic Emergency Services, and Others), By End User (Commercial, and Defense), and Regional Forecast, 2020 - 2027

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The global voice communication control system (VCCS) market size was valued at USD 3.52 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 4.54 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.16% during the forecast period (2020 – 2027).

Voice communication control system is an electronic system, which allows and control voice communication between air traffic control operator on the ground and the pilot. It is a combination of different communication components, for example, audio devices, operation controller units, and radio and telephone switching units that are essential fo Air Traffic Management (ATM) operation. This system is controlled by computer and deliver effective communication that improves air traffic management systems operations. The VCCS is also known as a voice communication system (VCS) or voice communication switching system (VCSS). The VCCS system is also equipped with a user-friendly human-machine interface, which allows phone calls and radio recordings. This innovative system plays a crucial role in the aviation and transportation industry. Besides, it is also used in several other applications such as vessel traffic control, coast guard, strategic emergency services, bridges and locks, offshore/wind farms, and airport ground services, among others.

However, the outbreak of coronavirus has introduced unprecedented changes to the commercial aviation industry. The temporary termination in commercial aviation operations has resulted in a reduction in air traffic levels. Thus the airline operators are under high pressure as the commercial airport revenue generation is directly related to the air traffic levels. Thus the airline operators have stopped the training of air traffic controllers. This has decreased the demand for VCCS. This impact is limited to the commercial VCCS market and expects to overcome soon as the demand for strategic emergency services has increased. The military operations are continued that expect to support market growth. Moreover, to overcome the impact of COVID-19 the airline operators are focusing on the integration of advanced net-centric voice communication system to reduce dependency on traditional point to point communication and also help to reduce the overall operation cost. 


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Transition From Analog To Digital VoIP To Boost Market Growth             

Advanced IP based voice communication control system is replacing the conventional analog VCCS. The VoIP based VCS has enabled the secure transmission of voice and data over IP (Internet Protocol) networks. The VoIP VCCS can handle the ground to ground and ground to air communications of the controllers in ATM operation, and this system is designed by considering the international system design standards, for example, ED-137B. The VoIP ED-137B compliant digital VCCS is enabled an interoperable communication between air traffic control operator and pilot. Moreover, the growing adoption of digital radios and digital phones to transmit voice in the form of data packets has improved the voice communication capabilities and also allowed to store voice data on the processing system. Furthermore, digital voice technology offers several advantages over analog voice technology such as wide distance calling range, low-cost calling, improved voice quality, and voice data sharing and storing. These factors are increasing the usage of digital voice communication technology.


Rising Demand For Interoperable Voice Communication To Drive  Market Growth

Growing technological innovation led to increased adoption of next-generation voice communication systems, VoIP VCCS. The implementation of VoIP in air traffic management (ATM) operation requires standard certification such as ED-136, ED-137, ED-138, and ED-137B, among others. ATM communication components based on VoIP technology are designed following these standards. The minimum requirements of the VoIP technology-based system are defined by the European Organization For Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE). This group comprises multiple recognized bodies positioned across the world. The ED-137B standard enables interoperable voice communication. Continuous voice communication is crucial in commercial and military ATM operations as it acts as the lifeline between pilots and air traffic controllers. Thus, the adoption of VoIP VCCS is rising to enable interoperable air traffic management communication. For instance, Indra Sistemas, S.A., provides a garex voice communication control system, which is enabled of automated communication functionalities based on digital voice communications and control system architecture.

Moreover, the large air traffic needed a more efficient ATM operation. Therefore, investments are increased on ATM infrastructure modernization programs. Rising investments are boosting the development of ED-137B certified VCCS systems would also increase to fulfill the demand from air navigation service providers and ATC service providers.  

Growing New Airport Projects In Emerging Economies To Fuel Market Growth

Growing number of air passengers around the world have escalated the demand for commercial aircraft deliveries and construction of new airports. Owing to the high population, India and China have observed high growth in air traffic compare to other countries. For instance, in 2020, the Indian government has announced to increase the number of airports in the region to expand global and regional connectivity. They proposed to construct 100 new airports in-country by 2024. This factor has led to an increase in the development of advanced ATM infrastructure. Upgraded ATM infrastructures will provide efficient and seamless air traffic control operations. Moreover, the growing modernization of domestic and international airports and air traffic control centres or towers across the world has increased the demand for next-generation voice communication tools. These factors are driving the growth of the VCCS market during the forecast period.


Stringent Airport Safety Regulations And System Design Standards Are Expected To Hamper The Market Growth

The stringent VoIP voice communication system design standards, and airport and aircraft safety regulations are expected to hamper the market growth during the forecast period. Design standards to develop the VoIP VCS solution used in ATM applications are defined by the European organization for civil aviation equipment (EUROCAE) Working Group 67. This group has involved several other organizations such as the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), European ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers), ATM communication equipment suppliers, and EUROCONTROL. For instance, in 2009, EUROCAE WG-67 released three new specifications, including ED-136 to ED-138. In 2012, the group released the ED-137B standard. This standard is referred to as an international standard by the international civil aviation organization (ICAO). Therefore, these product design requirements are known as global standards for the voice over internet protocol-based systems in ATM. Only the ED standard certified VoIP VCS products are used to achieve interoperable air traffic control communication. Stringent airport regulations for ATC towers are expected to create a hindrance to market growth.


By Solution Analysis

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Development of remote ATC towers is expected to drive the market growth

Based on the solution, the market is segmented into hardware, software, and services. The hardware segment is expected to witness the highest market share in the base year. The increasing development of multi remote air traffic control towers is driving market growth. This new multi remote tower concept has enabled the use of a single air traffic controller to perform ATC operation for multiple airports. The ATC remote tower needed advanced voice communication technology, types of equipment, and highly skilled controllers to perform the better operation. Therefore, the growing development of the ATC tower is expected to drive the demand for hardware voice communication systems. For instance, in 2019, Frequentis AG collaborated with Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) for the new remote tower project. In May 2020, Frequentis AG has signed a contract with ENAIRE, a Spanish air navigation service provider to deliver VCS for nine different ATC towers.

By Platform Analysis

Growing Usage Of VCCS In Air Traffic Control Application Is Propelling The Market Growth

Based on the Platform, the market is divided into air, ground, and maritime. The air segment world displays the highest market share owing to the growing usage of VCCS in air traffic control applications. The high air traffic is mainly controlled through the system or tool that is integrated into the control towers. The digital VCCS is among those systems, which is largely used to generate efficient voice communication between air traffic control operation operators and the pilot. This voice communication technology enables the constant transmission of real-time aircraft data and associated information with the pilots. This information will support to enhance the safety and security of aircraft. 

By Application Analysis

Rising Aircraft Deliveries And Adoption Of UAV’s Is Expected To Drive The Market Growth

Based on the application, the market is bifurcated into air traffic control, vessel traffic control, strategic emergency services, and others. In this market, the other segment includes several applications such as offshore/ wind farms, airport ground services, and bridges, and locks, among others. The air traffic control application is anticipated to witness the highest share of the market in the base year. Economic developments in the high growth regions have led to increased spending on air travel. The rising number of air passengers will eventually increase the demand for aircraft. For instance, 1452 aircraft units were delivered across the world in 2019. Moreover, the demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is increasing for commercial and defense applications. Therefore, the airport authorities and aviation organizations have increased the adoption of next-generation VoIP VCCS for air traffic control applications.

By End User Analysis

Rising Demand For Voice Communication System By Commercial Airline Operators Is Fueling The Market Growth

Based on end-users, the global market is classified into two segments, namely commercial and defense. The demand for commercial aircraft is increasing in India and China due to the large air traffic. The growing deliveries of commercial aircraft in high growth regions have required an advanced voice communication technology that enhances the performance of air traffic management operation. Moreover, the growing commercial airport modernization program has led to the increasing integration of the VoIP voice communication system in the air traffic control tower to improve aircraft safety and security. Therefore, the commercial end-user segment witnesses the highest market share in 2019.


North America Voice Communication Control System Market Size, 2016-2027 (USD Billion)

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The global voice communication control system market has been analyzed across different geographical regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and the Rest of the World.

The findings based on our research methodology indicate that the Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth in the market during the forecast period. The growing new airport projects in India is the key driving factor for the growth of the global VCCS market in the Asia Pacific. For example, in 2020, the Indian government has allocated USD 23.7 billion for the development of the country’s transport infrastructure. After this allocation, the government has planned to increase the number of airports in the region to expand global connectivity. Moreover, the Civil Aviation Administration of China states that it had the second-largest aviation market in the world in 2019. According to Boeing research analysis, China will be the topmost in the domestic aviation market in the world by 2028. These factors facilitate market growth during the estimated timeframe.

Europe is expected to witness significant market share in the market owing to the presence of key OEM manufacturers in the region, such as S.I.T.T.I. S.p.A., Rohde & Schwarz, and NATS Limited, among others.

The Middle East will register significant growth in the voice communication control system market during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the increasing investment in efficient ATC operation. The rest of the world would display remarkable growth during 2020-2027. This growth is attributed to the increasing developments in the aviation infrastructure.


Entering Into Long-Term Contract And Technological Innovation Strategies To Achieve Sustainable Market Growth

The competition landscape of the voice communication control system market depicts the domination of selected players such as Indra Sistemas, S.A., L3Harris Technologies, Inc., and S.I.T.T.I. S.p.A. and Frequentis AG. The design and development of VoIP technology-based communication products strategy are adopted by OEM manufacturers to offer a wide range of product portfolio. Moreover, the prominent players are focusing on entering into a long-term contract with the air traffic management service providers and airport authorities to achieve sustainable market growth. Also, the key players are focusing on providing cost-efficient voice communication solution to the commercial and defense end-users. For instance, in March 2018, Frequentis AG has signed a five-year agreement with Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), an air navigation service provider. Under this agreement, the Frequentis AG has agreed to modernize nine DFS towers with the company's  VoIP technology-based VCS system.


  • ASELSAN A.S. (Turkey)

  • Copper chase (The U.K.)

  • Frequentis AG (Austria)

  • Indra Sistemas, S.A. (Spain)

  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (The U.S.)

  • MEP (Netherlands)

  • NATS Limited (The U.K)

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (The U.S.)

  • Rohde & Schwarz (Germany)

  • S.I.T.T.I. S.p.A. (Italy)

  • Saab AB (Sweden)

  • Thales Group (France)


  • March 2020 – Spain-based Indra Sistemas, S.A., has modernized Uzbekistan's air navigation infrastructure with its VCS and VHF and HF radio solution. This modernization was expected to upsurge the tourism sector in Uzbekistan.

  • January 2019 – Sweden-based Saab AB announced that the company had signed a contract with Vard Group AS. As per the contract, the company will provide its TactiCall communication system for the Norwegian Coast Guard’s three new vessels.

  • May 2019 – Florida based L3Harris Technologies, Inc. introduced its novel VCS solution, namely voice over internet protocol communication enterprise (VOICE) air traffic management (ATM). This solution has been designed according to the ED-137 standard, and it can connect with numerous radios.

  • June 2019 – Netherlands-based MEP and Dublin based Sigma Wireless Communications Ltd has signed a contract to provide VoIP emergency VCS for the aircraft control tower at Dublin Airport

  • June 2019 – L3Harris Technologies, Inc, headquartered in Florida, announced that the company’s voice communication system cleared security technical implementation guides (STIGs) and joint interoperability test command (JOTC) system testing conducted by Department of Defense (DoD). These tests have been ensured that communication through VCS is safe and reliable for both defense aviation and commercial ATC.


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The voice communication control system market report offers qualitative and quantitative insights on the VCCS and detailed analysis of market size & growth rate for the segments in the market.

Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of market dynamics, emerging trends, and competitive landscape. Key insights offered in the report are the adoption of advanced technology, recent industry developments such as partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, consolidated SWOT analysis of key players, Porter’s five forces analysis, business strategies of leading market players, macro and micro-economic indicators, and key industry trends.

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By Segmentation

By Solution

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Services

By Platform

  • Air

  • Ground

  • Maritime

By Application

  • Air Traffic Control

  • Vessel Traffic Control

  • Strategic Emergency Services 

  • Others

By End-User

  • Commercial

  • Defense

By Region

  • North America (The U.S., and Canada)

  • Europe (The U.K., Germany, France, Russia, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Singapore, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • The Middle East (The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Rest of the Middle East)

  • Rest of the World (Latin America, and Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global voice communication control system market was valued at USD 3.52 Billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 4.54 Billion by 2027.

Growing at a CAGR of 6.16 %, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).

In this market, hardware solutions, air platforms, air traffic control applications, and commercial segments are the leading segments.

Rising demand for interoperable voice communication to perform efficient air traffic management operation is driving the market growth during 2020-2027.

The key players involved in the market are S.I.T.T.I. S.p.A., L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Frequentis AG, and Indra Sistemas, S.A.

In the market, the key players are mainly focusing on the design and development of next-generation VoIP technology-based VCCS to meet with application demand.

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