Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Critical Communications World in Amsterdam and I was very excited to see how many interesting LTE broadband solutions have been presented which serve the purpose of keeping our first responders and communities safe.
There is clearly great interest in LTE for public safety services from many government representatives as well as network operators.
While the majority of the industry is evaluating different migration options from an old and field-proven technology to the latest generation of communication technologies, some innovative countries like Korea have taken already now bold steps towards the future of public safety, building secure, end-to-end mission critical LTE networks with partners that have the right expertise to guide them in this exciting journey.
Together with leading companies in Korea, Nokia is building a secure LTE trial network for public safety in Gangwon province. Providing mission-critical communications over LTE means that emergency service workers and decision makers across agencies, such as police, fire services, coast guards, and local administration can remove communications barriers, make better-informed decisions and plan resources in an optimal manner. They will have access to a variety of multimedia tools and applications for greatly enhanced situational awareness. The network is part of the first phase in the deployment that will become a nation-wide, dedicated solution for mission-critical communications during 2017.
Korea is a leading country in terms of adopting new technologies, and for Nokia, reinventing ourselves and exploring new areas of innovation are at the heart of our company culture. In fact, together with one of our customers, we are planning to establish a full test bed in Korea that will allow us to further verify our full end-to-end public safety solutions including infrastructure, transport, devices and applications, as well as develop and test new, innovative public safety applications in the future. A recent success of our industry collaboration in Korea was the demonstration of advanced group communications over LTE based on eMBMS technology that enables secure and efficient delivery of voice, video and other data to multiple first responder devices simultaneously.
A number of countries are yet to make the decision of moving towards LTE broadband for public safety. I see great potential for governments to benefit from the collaboration with telecom operators, like in Korea and in the UK. Leveraging the available spectrum assets and commercial infrastructure enables a faster deployment, brings economies of scale and concrete cost savings. I also think it is important to become involved in the international debate to achieve results that benefit the public safety community across borders.
Ultimately, we need to make the most of the available technology that helps us build a safer and smarter future for everyone. It all starts with making the right technology choice today.
See also Nokia Public Safety Solutions showcased at Critical Communications World.
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