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Critical communications sector welcomes WRC-15 public safety spectrum resolution

World Radiocommunication Conference delivers first recommendation in the history of the ITU-R for a global harmonised spectrum range for mobile broadband services to support the Public Safety and Emergency Services  Geneva, Switzerland, 25 November 2015: The increasing need for harmonised frequency ranges for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) communications has been recognised in a highly significant resolution agreed by the 196 nations participating in the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) concluding this week in Geneva. Harmonised spectrum for critical communications enhances interoperability and cost effective cross-border collaboration, resulting in more effective response during disasters and major events.  The WRC 2015 Resolution 646 takes into consideration ‘the growing telecommunication and radiocommunication needs of public protection agencies and organisations, including those dealing with emergency situations and disaster relief, that are vital to the maintenance of law and order, protection of life and property, disaster relief and emergency response.’ The Resolution 646, which is an international agreement under UN/ITU, encourages administrations to use harmonised frequency ranges for PPDR to the maximum extent possible, and to consider the frequency range 694-894 MHz when undertaking national planning for PPDR applications, highlighting broadband in particular.  This underlines that although narrowband and wideband systems will continue to be used to meet PPDR requirements, there is a growing need for broadband applications to support improved data and multimedia capabilities. These require higher data rates and higher capacity, and appropriate spectrum from this harmonised range may need to be made available on a national basis. The WRC Resolution 646 recognises that many administrations wish to promote interoperability and interworking between communications systems used for PPDR, both nationally and for cross-border operations in emergency situations and for disaster relief. Clearly defined frequency ranges enable improved spectrum management and planning. Harmonised spectrum increases the potential for interoperability and standardisation of equipment. The resulting economies of scale in terms of research, development and manufacturing lead to a more cost-efficient and competitive market. “In today’s world, the need for cross-border cooperation among PPDR agencies has never been more apparent,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of critical communications sector’s representative the TCCA. “Many, many organisations responsible for delivering and supporting PPDR emergency response have been working for several years to secure harmonised spectrum for critical broadband applications. We would like to thank the spectrum regulators of the world for this Resolution – it is a treaty between the 196 UN countries and therefore a very important global step.” The Resolution 646 is a significant first step and efforts on both regional and national levels are needed to reach the objective – internationally harmonised spectrum is dedicated at national level. Several countries have allocated spectrum already, including Australia, Canada, France, Korea and the USA. Each of those took the decision as direct result of natural disasters or terrorist attacks, and all are in alignment with this Resolution.  For Europe, the next step is for the CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations), which represents 48 European countries, to complete the ongoing work and reach an ECC Decision. The CEPT decision is expected in the first half of 2016. The European Commission is also committed to ensuring that sufficient spectrum is made available under harmonised conditions.  Note to Editors:  International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years under the United Nation’s ITU-R Union. It is the job of the WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous WRCs. The general scope of the agenda of WRCs conferences is established four to six years in advance, with the final agenda set by the ITU Council two years before the conference, with the concurrence of a majority of Member States.  For more information about the TCCA, please visit www.tandcca.com  Contact information:editor@tandcca.com Tel: + 44 (0) 77 66 33 32 77

 Airborne audio communications tested in preparation for summer 2016   Airbus Defence and Space has successfully supplied the radio networks for audio communications for the official cycling test event prior to next year’s eagerly awaited sports event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year’s ‘warm-up’ test event of the road cycling discipline is one of 45 sporting contests taking place in the same venues as the 2016 sports event, with the aim of testing all technical operations to ensure readiness for the main events.  During the warm-up racing, an aircraft was deployed to provide radio coverage over the 200 km circuit. Live communications were transmitted from the different race sectors via three separate radio networks, providing sports directors, officials and followers with updated race information.  Airbus Defence and Space Events field engineers dispatched to Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro were responsible for establishing the airborne radio coverage, after coordinating the installation of all radio receivers on the event organisation vehicles and chase bikes.  The Airbus Defence and Space Events team has extensive experience in providing radio communications to the world’s most famous cycling races. In addition to prestigious cycling races in France, previous successful deliveries include airborne radio coverage for the cycling races in London during summer 2012, which subsequently led to being chosen to support several high profile cycling events in the City.  “The test event in Rio showed our capability to provide reliable and secure communications for the cycling discipline in Rio,” said Florian Lefèvre, Head of Events at Airbus Defence and Space. “Based on these results and our experience in delivering radio communication networks to cycling’s most high profile races and other outdoors sporting events, we feel well-positioned to deliver reliable communications when all eyes are on Rio next summer.”

At the recent EGM of the Australasian TETRA Forum members voted unanimously to change the association name to the Australasian TETRA + Critical Communications Forum (“ATCCF”). The ATCCF remains a chapter of the international TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA) and part of more than 160 organisations from all continents bringing together all those with an interest in the provision and development of non-proprietary digital wireless communications in mission critical or business critical environments.  Anton Abrahams, ATCCF Chairman commented “We are pleased to align the ATCCF to the international TCCA mandate, expanded in 2011, and ensure we continue as a leading peak body representing the interest of all stakeholders involved in the wireless critical communications industry in this region. Our members are evolving their businesses in support of open standards based solutions and it is appropriate we support the collective interests of suppliers through to end users. “ Recognising the need for mission critical grade open standard broadband services (LTE) we will support the international efforts of the TCCA in working work with ETSI and other relevant parties such as 3GPP to create standards that will satisfy these needs. Our goal remains to raise the overall profile and knowledge of open standard non-proprietary digital radio communication technologies through active membership of vendors, integrators and distributors in the Australasian region. Anton added “In extending our mandate we believe the ATCCF will have relevance to boarder potential membership and we welcome interested organizations to contact us” Going forward it is our belief that the open standard TETRA technology that has been successful worldwide will continue to be one of the prime solutions for mission critical voice and narrow and wideband data (TEDS). We will continue to support and promote the significant virtues of TETRA technologies and the evolution of other open standard critical LMR technologies. See Us Also at CommsConnect 2015 Conference - Melbourne 1-3 December 2015  Find out more on our new website www.criticalcommsforum.com.au E-mail: admin@tetraforum.com.au * About the ATF and ATCCF The Australasian TETRA Forum now renamed the Australasian TETRA + Critical Communications Forum was founded in Australia in 2001 and has been successful in the promotion of the non-proprietary mission critical digital TETRA radio communications technology in Australasia supported by its membership of vendors and mobile radio distributors, integrators and user organisations. Globally the non-proprietary standard of TETRA supported by many vendors has pushed innovation way beyond that of other standards.

The Ministry of Interior in Uruguay, responsible for national security and emergency management, selected Rohill’s TetraNode solution to expand their current TetraNode TETRA network. Rohill will supply additional base station systems and additional capacity for the already installed base stations.  The network expansion includes a Core Network upgrade to TetraNode High End switching platform, necessary for the capacity expansion for the current TETRA network. TetraNode High End is the ultimate solution for demanding, large area networks.  The network expansion is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. For further information please contact:Rohill Engineering B.V.E-mail: info@rohill.nl Phone: +31 528 263 355 www.rohill.com

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.

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