Czech Operator Launches Mission-Critical LTE Services at 400 MHz
Monday, April 15, 2019 | Comments
Nordic Telecom in the Czech Republic launched what it called the world’s first mission-critical communications (MCC)-ready Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the recently opened 410 – 430 MHz band.

The carrier will implement Nokia’s mobile broadband equipment to jumpstart public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) efforts with services only possible on mobile broadband networks. LTE-based critical communications that enables real-time video and data services is the biggest need for disaster relief responders. In addition to the mission-critical requirements of high security, high data rate and low latency, the public-safety community also requires wide-area coverage, which is best supported by low frequency bands.

Last year, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) proposed that the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) consider standardization activities for Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based systems for 410 – 430 MHz spectrum.

The recently opened 410 – 430 MHz spectrum can now serve as dedicated spectrum for PPDR and internet of things (IoT) solutions in Europe, accelerating LTE adoption for critical communications and mobile broadband applications, the statement said. Additionally, Nordic Telecom plans to use the upgraded network to sell mission-critical broadband communications to industrial IoT (IIoT) industries in the Czech Republic, such as energy and transport, bolstering advances toward Industry 4.0 in the country.

“As a pioneer in this space, we are looking forward to proving to the market that modern and new-generation mission-critical communications services can be provided on an LTE network,” Jan Cornej, Investment Manager, Nordic Telecom said. “We are very happy to announce our cooperation with Nokia, which is providing us with a completely secure and future-proof solution, dedicated local team, technical advisory and professional services.”

Nokia will deploy its LTE radio network solution, IP network technology, dense wavelength division multiplex (DWDM) technology and mission-critical push-to-talk (MC PTT) applications including group communications.

More information on the CEPT decisions in the 400 MHz spectrum is available here.

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