Firms test their equipment on the go

Enterprise use of wireless handheld and portable test equipment is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to increase significantly over the next few years, with market revenues reaching $3 billion in 2019, up from $2.1 billion in 2012.

Extended battery life for the equipment, along with mobile broadband capabilities enabled by LTE networks, will spur greater use of handheld and portable test equipment by firms.

"The explosive growth of wireless data and the expansion of next-generation LTE, 3G and 4G wireless networks in several countries boost the use of handheld and portable instruments in field applications. Radio frequency handheld instruments, in particular, are increasingly used in the installation and maintenance applications of air interfaces, access networks and network performance," says Sujan Sami, measurement and instrumentation industry manager at Frost & Sullivan.

Chinese test vendors are offering low-cost test equipment options, which firms interested in reducing capital expenditure, particularly in developing countries, are finding attractive. This could hurt the prospects of established test suppliers.

Also, an economic downturn in Europe and Japan could limit investments in handheld and portable test equipment in these regions, requiring vendors to lower prices to remain competitive, judges Frost & Sullivan.

"Providing low-cost solutions that also cater to ever-growing customer needs is the key for success in this market. Apart from enhancing the features and functionalities of handheld and portable instruments, product differentiation and brand recognition will be crucial to widen their use, especially in R&D [research and development] labs," concludes Sami.

For more:
- see the Frost & Sullivan release

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