France Requests Information on Public-Safety Broadband Features
Monday, September 17, 2018 | Comments
The French Ministry of the Interior (MoI) released a request for information (RFI) about licensed shared access and air ground air communications. The call for competences relates to establishing a radio network of the future (RRF) for public protection and disaster response (PPDR) communications.

The RFI follows contract awards for the country’s PCSTORM public-safety broadband project earlier this year. French operator Orange will offer the radio access network (RAN) with priority and pre-emption features and backup using other French nationwide mobile networks. Streamwide won the lot four applications and security contract and will supply mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) technology. Gemalto was contracted to provide subscriber identity modules (SIM)s for the network, said an MoI official.

The RFI aims to identify and resolve the remaining technical and organizational locks to allow all personnel to have updated and secure communications. The ministry wishes to establish the architectures, functional cuttings and economic models that will prevail for the construction of the network.

The RFI requests an architecture capable of reusing existing information transport infrastructures: operator networks and operators of vital importance (OIV) networks. Securing resources remains a hot topic.

On the 2-by-10 megahertz dedicated spectrum requested by the ministry, the MoI wishes to rely heavily on professional mobile communications markets, targeting the development of 5G.

The MoI seeks to perform the following:
• Define the operation with the operators for the creation and/or the evolution of functionalities;
• Define realistic and viable business models for each module of the system, allowing for competitive bidding on a standard model every four years to control/minimize costs;
• Secure the resources to be used on an operator network so that network overloads do not impact the operations while ensuring that operators can offer the service in a viable way;
• Ensure the availability of sufficient spectral resources for tactical bubbles when the forces need them;
• Access broadband services in command rooms;
• Present a global end-to-end vision of critical mode communications, from the detection of the incident to the end of the intervention, to encourage manufacturers to generalize the approach to the use of global standards;
• Define the appropriate ecosystem to purchase services for air-ground communications; and
• Anticipate the services that will be available by 2023 – 2025 to include these services in a possible market such as 5G and internet of things (IoT).

An MoI official said the target date for availability of the public-safety broadband network is the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

The RFI is here.

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