The global voice communication control system market size was valued at USD 3.62 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% from 2022 to 2030. Very high frequency (VHF) transceivers (Tx/Rx), telephones, and other voice communication systems used for air traffic management (ATM) are all controlled and connected by a voice communication control system (VCCS). The VCCS is majorly used in air traffic control to enable communication between air traffic controllers and pilots. The growing demand for air travel is anticipated to increase the number of flights, which in turn increases the growth of the voice communication control system market. The adoption of next-generation voice communication systems has increased due to technological innovation. Standard certifications like ED-136, ED-138, and ED-137B are required to integrate voice over internet protocol (VoIP) into air traffic management (ATM) operation. These standards are followed for designing VoIP-based ATM communication components. Continuous voice communication is critical in military and commercial air traffic control, thereby increasing the adoption of the voice communication system.
The growing number of air passengers worldwide has escalated demand for commercial aircraft deliveries and construction of the new airports. Owing to the high population, India and China have observed high growth in air traffic compared to other countries. For instance, in 2020, the Indian Government announced increasing the number of airports in the region to expand global and regional connectivity.
The government proposed to construct 100 new airports in the country by 2024. A growing number of airports is expected to increase the development of air traffic management infrastructure. Upgraded ATM infrastructures will provide efficient and seamless air traffic control operations.
Voice communication control systems are used in several defense applications, including military communications and air traffic control for military aircraft. VCCS is used to enable communication between military personnel involved in operations, as well as to control the movement of military aircraft. The demand for VCCS in the military is anticipated to grow as military organizations worldwide are investing in VCS to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their operations. In addition, the development of new technologies, such as drones and other unmanned systems is anticipated to increase the demand for VCCS. However, the voice communication system designed for airports, aircraft, or defense applications has to be developed with strict design standards.
In addition, the design should also ensure the implementation of all the safety and security protocols, which becomes a tedious process. The new entrants in the market face these challenges, which hinder market growth. Thus, the stringent airport & aircraft safety regulations, along with strict design standards of the voice communication control equipment for aviation and defense applications, are the factors expected to restrain the market growth.
The COVID-19 outbreak has devastated the global economy. A decrease in air traffic due to the lockdowns in several countries led to the termination of commercial aviation operations in 2020. The aviation industry incurred severe losses due to the grounded aircraft and supply chain disruptions, which reduced the demand for air traffic management and, thus, decreased the need for voice communication systems.
Moreover, international sea trade was also halted, resulting in decreased vessel traffic control. Thus, COVID-19 had a negative impact on the market for voice communication control systems.
The hardware segment dominated the market in 2021 and accounted for a revenue share of more than 39.0%. A rise in demand for technologically advanced VCCS components such as consoles, digital switches, connectors, and antennas is anticipated to fuel the growth of the segment. Moreover, a growing development of air traffic control towers is anticipated to boost the growth of the segment as new ATC towers require advanced VCCS equipment.
The software segment is anticipated to register significant growth during the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the rising development of voice communication system software to enable seamless communication between the air traffic controller and the pilot. In addition, an increase in demand for VCCS in disaster & emergency management is anticipated to further propel the growth of the segment.
The air traffic control segment dominated the market in 2021 and accounted for a global revenue share of more than 75.0%. Voice communication control system is majorly used in the aviation sector for air traffic control operations. In air traffic control, VCCS enables ground-to-ground communication and ground-to-air communication. A recent development in the VCCS technology such as digital voice communication system that transmits real-time aircraft data to the pilots and ground crew is anticipated to support the market growth. In addition, the growing demand for new technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes is expected to fuel the segment growth.
The vessel traffic control segment is anticipated to register significant growth during the forecast period. Growing congestion at the marine ports owing to the increasing sea trade activities is anticipated to fuel the segment’s growth. VCCS in vessel traffic control helps controllers monitor the movement of the vessels and to track their positions in real-time communication between the ship crew and port crew. The demand for VCCS in vessel traffic management is likely to continue to be strong, as the need for effective communication and coordination in busy waterways is critical for the safety and efficiency of vessel traffic.
The commercial segment dominated the market in 2021 and accounted for a global revenue share of more than 51.0%. The segment growth can be attributed to the growing commercial aviation sector. A rise in demand for air travel has increased the number of flights per day, which has increased need for the air traffic management which is fueling the segment growth. Moreover, growing international seaborne trade has also increased the demand for vessel traffic control, supporting market growth.
The defense segment is anticipated to register significant growth during the forecast period. The growing defense budget of several countries such as China, India, and the U.S. intended for the modernization of the equipment is anticipated to aid the market growth. Increasing advancements in the tactical voice communication systems used for seamless and secure communication are expected to boost the segment growth.
For instance, in September 2022, C4i Pty Ltd., a member of Frequentis Group, delivered a VOICE C2 voice over IP communication system for the Guardian Project conducted by the Ministry of Defense (MoD). Under this project, existing systems at Royal Air Force bases in the U.K. would be replaced with new technology.
North America dominated the voice communication control system market in 2021 and accounted for a revenue share of more than 25.0%. The dominance can be attributed to the presence of many airports in the U.S. and Canada, increasing the demand for VCCS used for air traffic control. Moreover, North America has the presence of some of the major players in the market, such as L3Harris Technologies, Inc. and Morocom International, Inc., which is anticipated to boost the market’s growth. Furthermore, rising investment by the Department of Defense (DoD) for modernization programs is expected to support the market growth.
The Asia Pacific regional market is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing market during the forecast period. The growth of the region is attributed to the rising development of new airports in emerging countries such as India and China as a result of increasing air passenger traffic. The new airport development will lead to the construction of air traffic management centers, which is expected to generate demand for voice communication systems. For instance, in 2019, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) signed a purchase agreement with S.I.T.T.I. SpA, a telecom equipment provider, for the supply of voice communication systems (VCS) and voice recording systems (VRS)to be equipped in 45 airports across the country.
The voice communication control system market can be described as a fragmented market owing to the presence of several players. Prominent market players are pursuing various strategies, such as research & development initiatives, product innovations, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, mergers, expansion & acquisitions to achieve a competitive edge in the market.
Several players are focusing on agreements with airports to install the voice communication system. For instance, in October 2021, Indra Sistemas, S.A. was awarded a three-year contract from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) to provide a digital voice IP communication system for Dubai’s International Airports.
Vendors are focusing on offering voice communication system upgrade services to airports to enhance air traffic management capability. For instance, in May 2022, Frequentis AG was selected by Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) to modernize its air traffic control tower operations by upgrading its existing voice communication system. This up gradation was carried out to meet the significant increase in air traffic demand due to the football world cup held in the country during 2022. Some of the prominent players in the global voice communication control system market include:
Rohde & Schwarz
Indra Sistemas, S.A.
Morocom International Inc.
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
Applied Electro Magnetics
Market size value in 2022
USD 3.81 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 6.31 billion
CAGR of 6.5% from 2022 to 2030
Base year of estimation
2017 - 2020
2022 - 2030
Revenue in USD million, CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company market share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Component, application, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific;Latin America;Middle East &Africa
U.S.; Canada;U.K.; Germany; France;Spain; Italy;China; India; Japan; South Korea; Brazil
Key companies profiled
S.I.T.T.I. SpA; Rohde & Schwarz; Copperchase Ltd.; Thales Group; Indra Sistemas, S.A.; SaaB AB; Morocom International Inc.; Frequentis AG; L3Harris Technologies, Inc.; Applied Electro Magnetics
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The report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels in addition to providing an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global voice communication control system market report based on the component, application, end-use, and region:
Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Air Traffic Control
Vessel Traffic Control
Disaster & Emergency Management
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Middle East & Africa
b. The global voice communication control system market size was estimated at USD 3.62 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 3.81 billion in 2022
b. The global voice communication control system market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5% from 2022 to 2030 to reach USD 6.31 billion by 2030.
b. North America dominated the voice communication control system market with a share of 25.69% in 2021. The dominance can be attributed to the presence of many airports in the U.S. and Canada, increasing the demand for VCCS for air traffic control.
b. Some key players operating in the voice communication control system market include S.I.T.T.I. SpA; Rohde & Schwarz; Copperchase Ltd.; Thales Group; Indra Sistemas, S.A.; SaaB AB; Morocom International Inc.; Frequentis AG; L3Harris Technologies, Inc.; Applied Electro Magnetics
b. Key factors that are driving the market growth include growing number of greenfield airport projects in emerging countries and increasing demand for interoperable voice communication
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