AT&T has been chosen for a really profitable contract, to construct and handle a nationwide public security community for first responders within the US.

Ingo Flomer, Public Security product supervisor at Cobham Wi-fi, says the community itself will not be operational this yr however relatively in 2018. “Though there won’t be an operational LTE public security community in place this yr, it’s possible that the requirements and laws can be applied prematurely of a potential 2018 deployment.”

Flomer additionally added that 4G LTE could be very more likely to turn out to be the long-term answer for public security networks.

“We will count on different nations to observe within the footsteps of the US, leveraging LTE to ship essential comms functions for emergency companies. These embody the sharing of interactive digital photos of the catastrophe space or crime scene, enabling quicker state of affairs evaluation and improved response time. An LTE public security community as a consequence of be deployed by EE within the UK suffered set-backs in January as a consequence of extra testing necessities. Hopefully the progress made within the US can be mirrored within the UK, with additional funding, analysis and growth on this space.”

TETRA will nonetheless be used as a short-term answer, till operators are prepared to surrender their 4G LTE spectrum, he concluded.

“One main consideration is that many operators are reluctant to surrender their priceless LTE spectrum which is required for information hungry enterprise and client prospects. Within the US and UAE, the 700MHz and 800MHz spectrum are earmarked because the bands finest suited to public security communications. Nonetheless, we may even see nations discover various choices as they appear to leverage the LTE spectrum, with minimal interference to at this time’s communication companies. Till these important selections are made, TETRA will proceed for use as a short-term answer, as a consequence of its confirmed capacity to ship dependable communication companies.”

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