Making mission-critical mobile broadband networks a reality is a daunting challenge. Technically, financially and politically, the issues surrounding creation of ubiquitous national public safety data networks mean government agencies must think differently. This white paper reflects my views on why the MNO is an essential partner to these agencies.
Mobile network operators around the globe have an opportunity to go beyond consumer-grade services as more nations seek LTE-based mobile broadband critical communications services. But first, these operators must understand the end user. Here is my take on how Critical Communications World 2018 can help an operator get a handle on the needs of this unique customer base.
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.
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 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.
State officials now have FirstNet state plans for evaluation and comment. This is a crucial phase that gives states and territories an opportunity to make sure the plan is aligned with local needs. When it comes to deployable options for hard-to-reach rural areas or urgent urban response, this is a critical time to make sure states do not loose future flexibility.