Suppliers Roll Out Products Targeting Dual-Mode TETRA, LTE Services
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Comments

Mission-critical communications suppliers took advantage of Critical Communications World (CCW) in Hong Kong last week to announce new products aimed at the reality of continued narrowband voice services for the foreseeable future and pending rollouts of mission-critical broadband networks around the world.

Hytera Communications announced the LTE-PMC convergence platform of products targeting the professional mobile radio (PMR) evolution to 4G and 5G technologies. Hytera CEO and President Qingzhou Chen said the broadband market has “10 times the scale of the narrowband segment.”

“It’s the turning of a new page, and a much grander future of our industry.” he said at the Hytera Global Summit 16 May. “We are willing to share this with our partners and customers.”

Jun Hu, general manager of Hytera’s broadband system products, announced the P-LTE system that will include eNodeBs with all in-house design and development, middleware and devices. The PTC 7 TETRA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) dual-mode device will be available in 14 frequency bands worldwide.

The company also announced a new vision for its command-and-control products with narrowband trunking and multimedia command and control. Hytera executives said they will provide the application programming interface (API) to its partners to ensure a rich environment for third-party developers.

Airbus Defence and Space also announced a suite of products targeting hybrid TETRA and LTE networks. The Tactilon Suite offers unified control and security and includes devices, group communications applications and infrastructure including secure mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) equipment.

The Tactilon Dabat is a dual-mode device for TETRA and LTE networks. TETRA Taira server switch is the latest evolution with a smaller size, and Claricor Cell is a fast-deployable TETRA system that can be set up in 10 minutes.

The Agnet is a group push-to-talk (PTT) application, compliant with Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards that offers an interface to a carrier network or can be used over the top. Airbus also announced its SmarTWISP program for application developers.

Sepura announced the SC21 radio, available in July or August, which is a lower-end product to the SC20 but with robust data capabilities. Target users include home health workers, covert users and those who needed a smaller radio. The unit is 25 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the SC20.

A new smart apps environment is planned for release in coming months, Sepura executives said.

Nokia, a company once again targeting the mission-critical communications market after focusing on commercial network providers for several years, released the Ultra Compact Network, a portable LTE network that can be deployed quickly in extreme environments and can host customer-specific applications such as video analytics and geolocalization.

Henri Tallon, Nokia general manager, public sector, said Nokia’s deployable LTE solutions include mission-critical 3GPP features that revolve around security, reliability and prioritization. Nokia hardware products are upgraded every five to eight years, while the company offers software releases about twice a year.

The company is involved in private network LTE trials in Japan, executives said.

Motorola Solutions released the Dimetra X Core, a TETRA system that allows users to get the most out of existing Dimetra TETRA networks while preparing for mobile broadband capabilities. The system features a software-defined core to reduce system operating costs and enhanced cybersecurity features and is built for long-term performance for the next 15 years or more. The Dimetra Express is a single-site TETRA system in one box that can be deployed in 15 minutes.

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