Combining TETRA and LTE into devices used for mission-critical operations is an important step forward. Critical Communications Middle East and North Africa features important opportunities to hear directly from the experts in government and industry who are establishing the state-of-the-art.
Moving emergency services workers from trusted professional mobile radio systems to emerging mission-critical LTE networks requires a solution for out-of-range communications. Why is this problem top-of-mind for so many visitors to Critical Communications World and what might they find at the exhibition?
It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. Now, new critical communications applications are advancing to bring rich user interfaces to the aid of emergency services workers. Critical Communications World 2018 includes sessions and exhibits aimed at fostering a powerful application ecosystem. Here are some highlights.
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.
Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) is a vital element of future LTE-based critical communications systems. The industry has made tremendous progress producing clients and systems that work. But effective direct device-to-device communications is an extraordinarily important requirement that remains out-of-reach. With the clock ticking to shutdown of its legacy emergency services PTT network, the UK is now forced to embrace a "Plan B". Is this the answer for the rest of the world?