Domestic demand in T&M market rises over past 18 months: F&S

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By EB Bureau

A Frost & Sullivan (F&S) study of the Indian T&M market shows that domestic demand has risen over the past 18 months, to make the T&M market realise opportunities from every sector in India. The Indian T&M market has been driven by global and domestic demand.

According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, the major trends that will drive the T&M industry in India are urbanisation leading to smart cities and smart infrastructure, reverse brain drain and CXO positions in developing economies, smart clouds (the next trend in cloud computing), robots, wireless intelligence, future broadband applications, future global power generation, etc.

To address the trends, several T&M vendors have taken up software defined instrumentation, which is a significant development in T&M. Frost & Sullivan observes that the open, modular architecture of software defined instruments, such as those in PXI, have proven beneficial to a wide range of industries. As a result, PXI revenue in measurement and automation is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.6 per cent through to 2014. The performance delivered by the PXI platform has successfully addressed areas such as RF applications in radar testing, mobile phone testing, and other wireless applications that were previously impossible to address with other instrumentation techniques.

According to Aravind Sheshagiri, business unit leader, measurement and instrumentation, South Asia & Middle East, Frost & Sullivan, “Software defined instruments, also known as virtual instruments, consist of modular hardware and user defined software. This gives engineers the ability and flexibility to combine standard and user defined measurements with custom data processing using common hardware components. This important feature has become extremely critical since next generation electronic devices like 3G and 4G smartphones adopt different communications standards.”

With all these trends and developments, the T&M market in India is all set to boom. There are areas of interest for every player in the market, and the global as well as domestic demand for T&M devices and instrumentation is set to grow significantly in the coming years.

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Projected Indian T&M market size in 2013

Rs in
millions
CAGR (%)

(2010–2013)

General purpose test equipment market 9500 12
Fibre optic test equipment market 800 9
Wireless communications test
equipment market
860.02 26
Lab analytical instrumentation market 25400 24.8

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