Critical Communications World 2018 brings together leading mission-critical ecosystem players. This year's event is an important opportunity for mobile network operators to engage with customers requiring mobile broadband services that go beyond best-effort consumer-grade offers. AT&T stands out as a mobile network operator changing the competitive dynamics of its market by hosting the US FirstNet network. More operators will follow, and CCW 2018 comes at a crucial inflection point.
The continued evolution in LTE is impressive. Just in time for #MWC2018, Qualcomm launches a 2 Gbps LTE modem. The combination of 7 nanometer technology and 20 spatial streams will be welcomed be equipment designers seeking lower power consumption and higher performance.
CritComm Insights has released its Public Safety DAS study providing an in-depth look at U.S. fire code requirements, market dynamics, solution portfolios and competition. With FirstNet poised to become an essential element of local public safety communications, this report also looks at FirstNet's potential impact and what it means for building owners and the in-building coverage ecosystem.
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.