Airbus Offers Broadband Migration Vision for Tetrapol (12/11/14)
Thursday, December 11, 2014 | Comments

Airbus Defence and Space presented its vision for the future of the development of Tetrapol technology in the direction of mission-critical broadband services. Philippe Devos, Airbus Defence and Space head of portfolio and business evolution secure land communications, illustrated how the development toward shared professional mobile radio (PMR) broadband translates into the development of current Tetrapol assets and new products.

The presentation was given during the Public Safety Communications Europe meeting in November.

Radio communications solutions play a vital key role in helping public-safety organizations protect citizens. These organizations, which include police, fire and rescue services as well as military users, are facing an increasing need for larger data capacities. In the future, more information will be in digital form, for instance images, video, fingerprints and biometric data.

“Traditional PMR technologies like Tetrapol and TETRA are evolving to cope with new needs, namely very high-speed broadband capacities, something which is required more and more by public-safety and emergency service users,” said Devos. “Our users need to be sure that their systems stay operational today and will also support tomorrow’s ways of working. We provide them with reliable solutions for that.”

Tetrapol technology provides high value by delivering essential mission-critical voice services for public-safety users. In the future, however, this standard will continue to deliver voice services by using new, state-of-the-art core IT platforms. At the same time, PMR services will become virtualized through the introduction of modern IP architectures. Furthermore, modern 4G radio technologies can be used to increase the flexibility of existing Tetrapol voice capabilities by adding broadband capabilities via innovative dual-mode platforms.

Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new multistandard base station platform in the 400 MHz band that combines PMR with Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. This important network element enables PMR networks to add broadband services to existing Tetrapol systems with no impact on the quality of voice services, Devos said. The used 400 MHz band is an essential asset for the public-safety community. The new 4G-ready Tetrapol base station supports simulcast capabilities for efficient spectrum management. The platform allows the initial implementation of dedicated broadband coverage for public-safety users while offering roaming capability with commercial or private networks in other bands that will be harmonized in the future for PPDR.

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