Critical Communications World Europe incorporating Professional LTE will be taking place in Amsterdam in March 2014. If you want to know the latest on TETRA. If you want to know the latest on the evolution of TETRA and other critical communications technolgies in the evolution towards broadband, then you need to attend this event. All the latest information can be found by visiting: http://criticalcommunicationseurope.com/
Amsterdam, March 12 2014: TETRA technology for critical communications has seen yet another record year for shipments. Data from IHS shows that 2013 saw another increase in terminal shipments over 2012, which was already the most successful year to date in the history of the TETRA standard. Some 600,000 new and replacement TETRA terminals shipped in 2013, and IHS sees the upward trend continuing, expecting more than 4,000,000 active terminals by 2017. The TETRA Infrastructure market is projected to grow at 7-8 per cent over 2013. Combined with system integration, this market is projected to be worth over $700 million in 2014. Services associated with the implementation and the maintenance of TETRA infrastructure are expected to increase for the fifth year running – forecast to be worth nearly $200 million this year. Speaking from Critical Communications Europe, one of the TETRA industry’s key events, TCCA CEO Phil Kidner said: “TETRA is the rock-solid foundation for global critical communications. These figures show that TETRA remains unchallenged as the professionals’ technology of choice.” “TETRA technology has yet again proved its significance in the global PMR market,” said Thomas Lynch, Associate Director, Critical Communications, IHS Technology. “Whether providing public safety officials with reliable and secure communications, or showing its effectiveness in a range of vertical markets, IHS expect yet further growth from TETRA throughout 2014, with some new and exciting projects on the horizon.” Contact:Email: email@example.com Tel: + 44 (0) 77 66 33 32 77
Regulators must safeguard broadband public protection and disaster relief services 11 March 2014, Amsterdam: With broadband data services over LTE set to become critical to the effectiveness of the emergency services in the next few years, the TCCA is spearheading a campaign to ensure spectrum across Europe is guaranteed for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) use. For PPDR responders and their organisations, as well as network operators, and the people of Europe that their services protect, it is essential that governments directly control enough spectrum to ensure effective and uninterrupted PPDR communication services, particularly during major incidents. With critical data features currently being incorporated into the LTE standards, LTE networks could be carrying critical broadband data within five years. However, without sufficient spectrum, these mission-critical services will be rendered ineffective if they have to compete for bandwidth with smartphone-led consumer applications. There is a narrowing window of opportunity to inform governments and regulators, who will take the decision on spectrum allocation at the World Radiocommunications Conference next year. Currently, PPDR communications have dedicated spectrum for voice and some data services. The value of this has been proven time and time again when PPDR networks remain fully operational during crisis situations, while commercial mobile networks become overloaded or even cease to function. Mission critical data communications need to be secure, reliable and available. The PPDR organisations cannot afford the risk of failures in their individual or group communications. In addition, there are an increasing number of data solutions coming to market that need sufficient spectrum to ensure the best possible PPDR service to society. Some suggest that dedicating spectrum to PPDR can result in that spectrum being underutilised. This does not have to be the case. Spectrum sharing arrangements can ensure optimum use of spectrum but, ultimately, PPDR and other critical communications users need guaranteed access to spectrum in order to evolve their essential service to the citizens of Europe. Notes to Editors The TCCA represents the interests of public and private users, operators and manufacturers of mission critical communication services. EU member states, in cooperation with the Commission, are in preparation for the ITU World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 to identify a single spectrum environment for Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) services and to define conditions for taking the 700 MHz band to mobile use, including conditions for PPDR use of the band. The TCCA recommends that a sufficient amount of 700 MHz frequency resources shall be made available for these mission critical communication services. WIK-Consult has produced a discussion paper entitled ‘The need for PPDR Broadband Spectrum in the bands below 1 GHZ. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has produced two papers: Socioeconomic Value of Mission Critical Mobile Applications for Public Safety in the EU:2x10MHz in 700MHz in 10 European Countries. Socioeconomic Value of Mission Critical Mobile Applications for Public Safety in the UK: 2x10MHz in 700MHz. These papers and a wealth of supporting information can be found here What is mission critical communication? Mission critical communication is supplied by special communications systems where the reliability, availability, stability and security of mobile communication is vital to ensure continuous availability of functions critical for society. Typical users of mission critical communication are law enforcement and emergency services for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) operations, including fire and rescue and emergency medical services. Mission critical communications include communication hardware, software, as well as radio frequency band (spectrum) capacity to transmit and share information between field units and command centres. Current status of public safety mobile communications Traditionally, emergency services throughout Europe use a part of the 380-400MHz spectrum for voice and limited narrowband data communications. Emergency services have an increasing demand for access to mobile broadband data services for their PPDR operations. The establishment of mission critical mobile broadband data services ideally requires a frequency band located below 1 GHz. An opportunity is opening at 700MHz. This band is today inter alia used by terrestrial broadcasting services, but is expected to be be shared or ultimately fully re-allocated to mobile service at the World Radiocommunications Conference in November 2015 (WRC-15). The immediate beneficiaries are likely to be private mobile operators who offer commercial mobile broadband services to the public. However, a specific agenda item of the WRC-15 is dedicated to the agreement of a Resolution, which adds one or more frequency bands for mobile broadband PPDR services throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. It is of the utmost importance for the European PPDR community that a European Common Position on this agenda item incorporates the 700 MHz band for Broadband PPDR. The PPDR community, through the EU Council’s Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP) has worked jointly with the spectrum regulator community (CEPT-ECC) and concluded in an ECC Report that a minimum of 2 x 10 MHz spectrum is required for mobile Broadband data services, with additional spectrum required to implement voice services, Air Ground Air, Direct Mode Operation and ad hoc networks. About the TCCA The TCCA represents TETRA, the most successful mission critical communications voice and narrowband data mobile standard in the world. Now available with TEDS supporting wideband data, we support the further development of the standard and promote its increasing adoption by professional users in a growing number of market sectors across all continents. For critical broadband data communications, we are driving the development of common global mobile solutions, based on required extensions to the 3GPP LTE standards. For more information, please visit www.tandcca.com Contact:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: + 44 (0) 77 66 33 32 77
Airwave, the leading mission critical voice and data communications provider, has today launched Airwave Smart Mobile at Critical Communications Europe 2014 in Amsterdam. Airwave Smart Mobile is a mobile communications service designed specifically to meet the current and future needs of public service organisations. Operating as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), it provides access to one the UK’s largest mobile networks and enables the possibility of interaction with Airwave’s Emergency Services Network (ESN). “We have designed Airwave Smart Mobile to help the public service community meet the challenges they face today around operational resource management, cost control, efficiency and effectiveness, while coping with ever decreasing budgets. It will also allow more users to access and benefit from the Airwave Service,” says Richard Bobbett, Chief Operating Officer, Airwave. For the first time ever there will also be the ability to connect from a smartphone to a talkgroup on Airwave’s ESN. This is made possible by our new Push To Talk (PTT) application, Enhance, and is controlled by the customer. Through the PTT application, users can give permission to extend their talkgroup communication beyond existing Airwave Service Users. “There’s no need for groups like these to hold a TEA2* licence or implement additional infrastructure to use the Airwave Smart Mobile service. Enabling groups such as these to interoperate with the emergency services when necessary means incidents, actions and responses can be far better coordinated and managed,” says Richard. Going forward, Airwave will continue to provide mission-critical and non-mission critical services to the emergency services, as well as to the wider public service community. Airwave Smart Mobile is an intrinsic element of a broader set of capabilities and services that Airwave continues to bring to market. “We will continue delivering new capabilities that enable our customers to benefit from developments in technology. As we speak there are more applications and services in the pipeline addressing the challenges in the mobilisation of command and control, duty of care for both employee and employer, to name but a few,” concludes Richard. For more information, visit the website www.airwavesmartmobile.co.uk
The TCCA represents TETRA, the most successful mission critical communications voice and narrowband data mobile standard in the world. Now available with TEDS supporting wideband data, we support the further development of the standard and promote its increasing adoption by professional users in a growing number of market sectors across all continents. For critical broadband data communications, we are driving the development of common global mobile standards.