Airbus Supplies Hybrid TETRA/LTE Technology to Finland’s VIRVE
Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Comments

Airbus Defence and Space delivered the mobile core network solution Tactilon Suite for the Finnish authorities’ nationwide TETRA network VIRVE, operated by the State Security Networks Group. The technology will complement the secure radio communications of the existing TETRA network, allowing the introduction of additional commercial broadband services in a secure manner.

Using the Tactilon Suite, subscribers can be managed in both narrowband and broadband networks, including mobile operator networks. Airbus Defence and Space together with its partner Athonet developed the solution. It will help to establish hybrid network services, which combine professional mobile radio (PMR) with commercial and dedicated broadband services.

In November, VIRVE identified steps to eventually offer critical voice and broadband data that will be delivered by a government-controlled hybrid of dedicated and commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks by 2030.

Based on this secure mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) approach, public-safety organizations in Finland will gain secure and trusted mobile access to new broadband applications, using video and mobile office applications for example, without compromising the security of their operations. In particular, the Tactilon Suite provides security and asset management and supports secure integration into mobile operator networks. Public-safety customers will benefit from multinetwork availability instead of making separate deals with several network operators. The technology will allow the operator to offer its subscribers a one-stop shop for secure broadband capacity, where each device gets the best available connection.

  “Many of our public-safety customers are looking for a flexible way to enhance mission-critical communications with broadband data,” said Nicole Lecca, head of secure land communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “They need mobile broadband solutions that provide them with higher service availability, security and better integration with existing narrowband networks like VIRVE in Finland. The Tactilon Suite is a perfect vehicle for them to combine the best of professional mobile radio and broadband.”

  The cooperation between Airbus Defence and Space and the State Security Networks Group on the development of secure MVNO started in January 2014 with the goal of making mobile broadband available for public-safety professionals on a nationwide scale.

“That approach will allow Finnish public authorities to use broadband applications and services anywhere in Finland, always using the best available connection or network,” said Sami Orakoski, CEO of VIRVE Products and Services, a subsidiary of the State Security Networks Group. “Instead of building a new infrastructure, secure MVNO takes advantage of existing commercial broadband services. This is an essential strategic step towards the future of public-safety networks in Finland.”

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