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LTE in Industry Verticals: Market Opportunities and Forecasts 2014 – 2019


There is a rapidly growing demand for broadband-enabled data applications within certain vertical market segments including public safety, oil, gas and energy production, defense and others. Wireless infrastructure and support service providers are optimizing LTE as the technology of choice for general communications and various applications including remote data acquisition, video surveillance, multimedia PTT, and others for private LTE network deployments.

This report provides an in depth assessment of LTE in industry verticals including use cases, case studies, business case, value chain analysis, adoption timelines, and evaluation of key trends and drivers. The report includes forecasts for subscriptions and service revenue for 2012 to 2019 with sub-market data for the following industries: Manufacturing, Oil, Gas and Energy, Construction, Agriculture, Mining, Utilities, Transportation, Defense, Public Safety, Education and Distance Learning, Healthcare. Forecasts also include a breakdown by consumer and enterprise users.

Target Audience: 

Application Developers

Mobile network operators

Managed service companies

Mobile device manufacturers

Wireless infrastructure vendors

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) suppliers

WiMAX and WiFi infrastructure suppliers

Research and development organizations

Government officials and agencies globally

Enterprise companies and businesses of all types

Table of Contents:

1              Introduction       7

1.1          Executive Summary        7

1.2          Topics Covered 8

1.3          Key Questions Answered             9

1.4          Target Audience               10

1.5          Companies Mentioned 11

2              LTE Technology Overview            13

2.1          LTE RAN Technology (E-UTRAN)                14

2.2          EPC Technology                16

2.3          Interoperability with 2G/3G Systems      18

2.3.1      Mobile Data Only Service             18

2.3.2      LTE Data Service with 2G/3G Voice           18

2.3.3      Voice and Data Services over LTE              18

2.4          Interoperability with LMR Systems          19

2.5          LTE Advanced Support for Heterogeneous Commercial and LMR Networks          20

3              LTE Business Case in Vertical Industry Segments                25

3.1          Key Market Drivers         25

3.1.1      LTE vs. LMR         25

3.1.2      Security Features             27

3.1.3      Spectrum Flexibility        28

3.1.4      Economic Feasibility        29

3.1.5      Vendor Commitments   29

3.1.6      Support for Data Intensive and Low Latency Applications              31

3.1.7      Voice Interoperability    31

3.2          Key Barriers        31

3.2.1      Interoperability with Legacy Proprietary Solutions            31

3.2.2      The Private vs. Shared Commercial Network Debate       32

3.2.3      Device Challenges and Opportunities     33

3.3          The LTE in Industry Verticals Value Chain               39

4              Vertical Industry Segments         42

4.1          Manufacturing and Automation                42

4.1.1      IoT is the Driver for LTE Enterprise Growth           42

4.2          Oil and Gas         44

4.2.1      Critical Communication Needs in Remote Locations         44

4.2.2      Reliance on LMR Solutions           45

4.2.3      Data Applications and Economic Feasibility:  Is LTE the Answer?  45

4.2.4      Texas Energy Network (TEN): An operational M2M LTE Network for the Oil and Gas Industry      46

4.3          Construction      47

4.3.1      Communication Needs of a Huge Market             47

4.3.2      Case Study: LTE Enables Pepper Construction     48

4.4          Agriculture          49

4.4.1      Fundamental Aspect to National Economies        49

4.4.2      The GSMA mAgri Initiative           49

4.4.3      LTE Based M2M Solutions            49

4.5          Mining  50

4.5.1      LTE in Mining: Communications and Remote Monitoring                50

4.5.2      Case Study: Rio Tinto LTE Network           50

4.6          Utilities 51

4.6.1      Complimenting LMR Narrowband Communications         51

4.6.2      Extending Prospects to M2M     51

4.6.3      Enabling Smart Grid and Smart Meter Applications           51

4.7          Transportation  53

4.7.1      Cellular M2M in the Transportation Industry       53

4.7.2      Enabling Content Services            53

4.7.3      New Opportunities: Adverting on Public Transport           54

4.8          Defense               54

4.8.1      Technology is No Longer Driven by Military Needs and Funding  54

4.8.2      Leveraging Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Communications Equipment           55

4.8.3      U.S. Army LTE Trial           55

4.8.4      Naval Task Force Connectivity: U.S. Navy Adopts LTE       56

4.9          Public Safety      57

4.9.1      Endorsement as the Next Generation Public Safety Communication Technology               57

4.9.2      Transforming the Next Generation Command Center     59

4.9.3      Qatar MOI: Leveraging LTE for Real-Time Video Monitoring          59

4.10        Education and Distance Learning               60

4.10.1    The Importance of Internet Connectivity in Education    60

4.10.2    Community-wide LTE Networks                60

4.10.3    Learning from WiMAX: Past Success Stories         60

4.11        Healthcare          61

4.11.1    Transforming the Healthcare Industry    61

4.11.2    LTE and Mobile Video: The Future of E-Healthcare           61

5              Key Trends in LTE and Industry Verticals                62

5.1          Critical Infrastructure     62

5.1.1      U.S Nationwide Private LTE Network: Synergies with Public Safety LTE    62

5.1.2      Private Deployments Targeting Critical Infrastructure      62

5.2          Municipal Networks       63

5.2.1      Prospects of Municipal LTE Networks     63

5.2.2      Case Study: Swindon Borough Council    63

5.3          M2M     64

5.3.1      2G/3G Market Penetration         64

5.3.2      The LTE Era for M2M      65

5.4          LMR vs. LTE: Complement or Replace     66

5.5          LTE in the Traditional Enterprise Segment             67

5.5.1      Serving the Needs of the Traditional Enterprise 67

5.5.2      Mobile Workforce           67

5.5.3      Improving In-Building Coverage: LTE Small Cells 68

5.6          Adoption Timeline by Vertical Industry Segment               68

5.6.1      Oil, Gas and Energy Production  68

5.6.2      Construction      68

5.6.3      Agriculture          69

5.6.4      Mining  69

5.6.5      Utilities 69

5.6.6      Transportation  69

5.6.7      Defense               69

5.6.8      Public Safety      69

5.6.9      Education            70

5.6.10    Healthcare          70

6              Market Analysis and Forecasts   71

6.1          The Global LTE Market: 2014 – 2019          71

6.1.1      Global LTE Subscriptions: 2014 – 2019       71

6.1.2      Global LTE Service Revenue: 2014 – 2019                72

6.1.3      Consumer and Enterprise LTE Subscriptions Compared: 2014 – 2019          73

6.1.4      Consumer and Enterprise LTE Service Revenue Compared: 2014 – 2019   74

6.1.5      Global LTE Subscriptions by Vertical Segment: 2014 – 2019             75

6.1.6      Global LTE Service Revenue by Vertical Segment: 2014 – 2019      76

List of Figures

Figure 1: LTE RAN Architecture   14

Figure 2: LTE EPC Architecture    17

Figure 3: HetNet Toplogy              21

Figure 4: Growth of Connected Devices   34

Figure 5: LTE Value Chain: Traditional Enterprise and Vertical Segments  39

Figure 6: LTE Applications in the Oil and Gas Industry       46

Figure 7: Cellular Network Integration in a Smart Grid Setup        52

Figure 8: Public Safety LTE Network         58

Figure 9: Global LTE Subscriptions: 2014 – 2019 (Millions)               71

Figure 10: Global LTE Service Revenues: 2014 – 2019 ($ Billion)    72

Figure 11: Consumer and Enterprise LTE Subscriptions Compared: 2014 – 2019 (Millions)                73

Figure 12: Consumer vs. Enterprise LTE Service Revenues 2014 – 2019 ($ Billion)    74

Figure 13: Global LTE Subscriptions by Vertical Industry 2014 – 2019 (Thousands)                75

Figure 14: Global LTE Service Revenue by Vertical Industry 2014 – 2019 ($ Billion)               76

Anjali R Kalan
Aarkstore and JSB Market Research Pvt Ltd.
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RFID – Radio Frequency Identification

What is RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless technology used for transmitting the identity of person, object, or entity in the form of a unique serial number from one device to another.

RFID can be further classified into two categories:

  • Passive RFID – It requires manual scanning or labeling to capture the identification data.
  • Active RFID – It does automatic scanning and transmits the data to RFID enabled devices.

RFID enabled devices stores information that is passed to readers. The readers are connected to the network where the information is authenticated.

RFID enabled devices and readers are connected to the network, thereby enabling tracking and data sharing.

  • Wireless technology
  • Transmits Information
  • Enables authentication, tracking and data sharing.

How RFID works?

  • Hardware: Tags and Readers
  • Software: Local Server
  • Information Systems: Enterprise Integration, and supply chain management

Advantages of RFID:

  • Patient safety
  • Ensures five rights of medication
  • Patients privacy is ensured

Disadvantages of RFID:

  • Security concerns
  •  Resistance to change
  •  Privacy of nurses
  •  High Cost
  •  Interference with other devices
  •  Difficult to extract


Example of RFID – RFID in action:

RFID reader at the hospital test lab identifies the time and location the sample was actually taken. RFID technology is used for capturing an accurate and reliable sample collection time, as well as validating the proper collection location.

A reusable plastic hangtag or printed paper label can house a standard RFID device.  In turn, a RFID enabled device can store blood sample. The patient information is written on this RFID tag and affixed to the sample, enabling the technician to accurately identify sample collection time and location as well as its arrival time in the lab. The Lab tech places the blood product sample into the freezer, and calls for the test sample to be transported to a blood testing laboratory for the analysis. Each step of the critical processes is automatically tracked by the RFID system (time/location the sample put into the freezer, time sample was picked up by the delivery service, and time sample was delivered to the final lab).

One of the critical steps in blood-sample handling, which affects the freshness of the sample is the environmental conditions that the sample was exposed to during the transportation of the sample as well as the waiting times before processing the sample. The RFID integrated temperature monitoring device (example picture shown is ThermAssure by Evidencia) allows tracking of the sample temperature tracking during transportation  and storage, thus ensuring the freshness of the sample before actual testing. This is a great quality assurance feature which can be used for all types of hospital sample-testing processes conducted by outside labs.


RFID Journal’s ninth annual event will focus on helping health-care providers understand how the technology can help them improve patient safety, hospital operations and supply chain efficiencies.

This event will be the premier industry event focused on the use of radio frequency identification technology within the health-care industry. The event will feature leading hospital executives explaining how they employ RFID to improve asset-utilization rates, reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes, and will provide a unique learning experience for health-care executives. Early adopters will share the results of real-world deployments, and answer questions regarding the benefits they have achieved with RFID.

About RFID Journal

RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal for up-to-the-minute RFID news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions. This has made RFID Journal the most relied-upon and respected RFID information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID decision-makers worldwide—online and at face-to-face events. 

Anjali R Kalan
Aarkstore and JSB Market Research Pvt Ltd.
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Skype : anjali.kalan
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