The demand for testing has always been a requirement of all market segments. Regardless of the end market, all products have to be tested before being delivered to the end customer.
Hence going forward, with the exploding services and subscribers, the focus has finally fallen on Test and Measurement (T&M) equipments. As the delivery of next generation services becomes highly dependent on End-user Quality of Experience (QoE), it also helps the service providers to manage their customer retention and thus the focus has shifted to T&M solutions. T&M solutions are expected to give a competitive edge to the service providers.
With new types of technology like 3G, broadband wireless access, WiMax, FTTX, LTE, all-IP network or convergence concepts, the test equipment industry is expected to witness a newer demand.
However failing to meet the expected growth that 3G and increasing mobile subscriber base was supposed to bring for the market, the T&M segment failed to taste the fruits of success and saw a marginal growth of 10.24%.
Ever since the evolution of telecom services, market demand for Test and Measurement (T&M) has been in place. Test and measurement plays a very important role right from design to development to deployment for the maintenance and optimization of any telecom network.
Test and measurement industry in India continues to chart the growth. The VOICE&DATA 100 survey estimates the Test and Measurements (T&M) market to have gone up by 10% in FY 2010-11 with the market size totaling to `861 crore, against the previous fiscal's `781 crore.
Agilent Technologies maintained the lead in the market with its innovative product line. The vendor registered growth, clocking revenue of `287 crore in FY 2010-11 against `254 crore in FY 2009-10. The company invested heavily on design, R&D, manufacturing, deployment and services. Agilent Technologies expanded its test and measurement portfolio into the modular domain with the introduction of 47 new PXI and AXIe products and new products which enhance solutions in aerospace, defense, communications, and electronic applications.
The company also introduced the industry's highest performance HDMI 1.4a protocol analyzer and generator. The instrument allows designers and engineers to test their devices to ensure that they meet the requirements of the HDMI compliance test specification 1.4a (CTS 1.4a).
Spirent Communications, second in the ranking, grew by `118 crore in FY 2010-11 against `100 crore in FY 2009-10, witnessing a growth rate of 18% and a market share of 13.7%. The brand delivered innovative solutions in data center and cloud computing high-speed ethernet, wireless, applications and security testing, the areas that matter most to service providers and equipment manufacturers. The company also introduced various solutions across multiple technologies including LTE, mobile backhaul, mobile device performance, network performance monitoring, cloud computing, and virtualization.
To help accelerate the availability and verify the performance of these location services on LTE devices, mobile operators, technology developers and device manufacturers are also using a pioneering lab based LBS LTE test solution from Spirent Communications.
For Rohde & Schwarz, the revenue growth was about `86 crore in FY 2010-11 against `77 crore in FY 2009-10. The test and measurement instruments company received orders uniformly from all sectors like defense, education, and wide base markets for spectrum analyzers. The company also succeeded in getting some strategic orders in A&D segment which helped the company to get repeat orders worth millions of Euros in the coming business years. The brand also grabbed other big orders from telecom MNCs for telecom protocol and RF test systems.