While mission-critical push-to-talk over legacy TETRA and P25 networks remains the basis for emergency services command, control and communications, the cell phone network and its data services are an integral part of the picture. Several prominent operators around the world now offer services featuring mission-critical LTE capability based on recent standards advances. The network technology is ready, and it is time for operators around the world to go beyond consumer grade service offers.
A major thrust of Nokia's 2017 strategy includes expansion into vertical market sectors that align well with Nokia's core network infrastructure strength. The company's Services Analyst Days in London showed how its Global Services business group is making this expansion about more than selling boxes.
Visionaries from the early days of Nextel have created pdvWireless, an industrial-strength push-to-talk network with a national 900 MHz license. Launching a new network in seven major metro markets is impressive, but the company looks towards LTE technology to transform enterprise field force communications.
The TCCA has created a new working group to foster cooperation with traditional LTE equipment suppliers. Will this move make a difference, or is it merely window dressing that avoids the larger issues impeding progress?
The annual APCO Conference and Exhibition is a prime opportunity for public officials, service providers and vendors to exchange information about evolving public safety communications technology and practices. At this year's event, AT&T settled into its role as FirstNet's partner while Verizon worked to remain a vital player. But what really stood out were proof-points that push-to-talk over LTE is becoming an operational reality.
The US Super Bowl is one of the most complex public safety operations appearing on the calendar. Fortunately, the city of Houston, Texas hosted 2017's massive Super Bowl LI event. Because the city sits in Harris County, a FirstNet Band 14 Early Builder that committed to sharing its lessons learned, the event yielded a treasure trove of information about what it means to leverage a public safety LTE network. What can this mean for future European public safety LTE networks?