F&S: Evolving wireless standards drive
the world gen purpose test equipment market
According to Frost & Sullivan the prominent factor
driving test and measurement (T&M) demand in 2011 is
the continuous development of wireless standards, which
will create a "wireless decade" over the next
Here are the some of the observation reported by Frost
In terms of evolution, the market will witness the rollout
of different types of wireless devices beyond the traditional
ones. Smart meters, power model distribution, and wireless
home animation will affect the general purpose T&M markets.
In the public sector, there is significant adoption of new
wireless technologies in the aerospace and defense segments,
which is driving demand for general purpose test equipment.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com),
World General Purpose Test & Equipment Markets, finds
that the market earned revenues of $1,658.9 million by the
end of 2010 and estimates this to reach $1,845.4 million
"Long-term evolution (LTE) is poised to be the next-generation
technology to drive the telecommunication industry,"
says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Mariano Kimbara.
"Network operators are ready to implement LTE and deploy
it over high speed packet access HSPA or 3G technologies."
LTE is slated to become one of the major cellular communication
technologies in the foreseeable future. Network operators
have very aggressive deployment timelines for LTE. The need
for higher bandwidth speed for wireless is driving adoption
As a general trend, customers are increasingly using their
PC as part of their measurement setup. They control the
measurement setup through a PC or use the PC as part of
the measurement equipment.
Though the prospects for the market are bright, some aspects
are slowing its momentum. The general purpose test equipment
market is a developed and mature market. Hence, there is
a lack of opportunities for innovation. Innovation in this
industry is limited to increase in frequency coverage of
test equipment and accuracy in measurement.
Technical demand spurs the T&M equipment markets; thus,
a slow rate of innovation would result in slower growth
for the market.
"Over the years, stand-alone test equipment has been
the norm in the general purpose test equipment market,"
says Kimbara. "However, due to the need for more sophisticated
test equipment with multi-functional testing capability,
the market has been shifting toward integrated test equipment."
Consequently, the stand-alone test equipment market is
experiencing restrained growth. Increasing cost pressure
on products in the commercial markets is forcing T&M
equipment manufacturers to keep improving the price/performance
ratio of their products.
In this scenario, participants in this space must strive
to improve cost of ownership to ensure business progression.
They must focus on reducing corrective maintenance action
by working closely with customers to drive their product
Efforts must be directed toward meeting technical as well
as economic requirements. Improvement of cost of ownership
in the test and equipment market is not just about lowering
the purchase price. It involves an understanding of the
real cost from the point of view of the product life cycle,
to arrive at an accurate cost model.