Base stations (BSes), also known as base transceiver stations (BTSes) or cell towers, establish the essential foundation of today’s cellular networks. These cellular towers act as an interface between end-client mobile devices and wide-area networks such as a mobile carrier network and the Internet by sending voice streams, short message service (SMS), and Internet Protocol (IP) information.

The vulnerability in the GSM (2G) mobile network protocol allows the creation of fake base stations (FBSes) that are not approved by the network administration. In particular, GSM standards does not necessitate that mobile devices need to be verified by base station.

Moreover, 2G, 3G, and 4G enabled phones that are currently available in the market connects automatically with strongest network available. This permits unauthorized people to set up their own high strength 2G cell towers. This fake tower acts as a base tower and cellular devices connect to fake tower as it provides the strongest signal.

Moreover, this technology is used by intelligence agencies to track criminals and terrorists across the globe.

Factors driving growth of the global false base station (FBS) market:

The increasing use of technologies by government departments for criminal detection is expected to drive the global false base station (FBS) market growth over the forecast period. Security agencies are heavily dependent on technologies for criminal detection. Advanced technologies such as international mobile subscriber identity-catcher combined with false base station (FBS) technology can be used to locate the criminal or to access a criminal’s smartphone to get valuable information such as messages, phone calls, and others. For instance, according to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis in 2018, worldwide spending on cybersecurity was expected to reach around US$ 68.45 billion, which has been rapidly increasing since 2011. Thus, increasing government investments in network security, cybersecurity and the use of latest technologies by security agencies are expected to drive the global false base station (FBS) market growth over the forecast period.

However, increasing concern about civil liberty and data privacy may hamper growth of the global false base station market over the forecast period.

Global False Base Station (FBS) Market: Regional Insights

On the basis of region, the global false base station (FBS) market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. The Middle East and Europe held a major share in the global false base station (FBS) market in 2018, owing to the presence of a large number of key players in the regions such as Septier Communication, Phantom Technologies Ltd., The Spy Phone, Proximus LLC., PKI Electronic, Comstrac, 4Intelligence, and others.

Key Players in the Global False Base Station (FBS) Market:

Key players operating in the global false base station (FBS) market include L3Harris Technologies, Septier Communication, Kavit Electronics Industries Ltd., Proximus LLC, PKI Electronic, Phantom Technologies Ltd., Comstrac, NovoQuad Group., The Spy Phone, Helios Technologies, Ismallcell Biz, RAYFOND TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD., 4Intelligence, and others.

Global False Base Station (FBS) Market: Taxonomy

On the basis of product type, the global false base station (FBS) market is segmented into:

  • Handheld
  • Backpack
  • Vehicular
  • Others

On the basis of application, the global false base station (FBS) market is segmented into:

  • Intelligence Organization
  • Government Organization
  • Others

On the basis of region, the global false base station (FBS) market is segmented into:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Africa
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