Mexico Considers Broadband Transition for Tetrapol Network
Friday, June 23, 2017 | Comments

Airbus, which supplies Mexico’s nationwide mission-critical Tetrapol network Red Nacional de Radiocomunicación de Misión Crítica Tetrapol (IRIS), wants to create the first broadband virtual mobile operator for public safety in Mexico.

Airbus applied for permission to the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) to become a secure mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operator to the Red Compartida, a public-private project (PPP), signed in 2016, to provide wireless broadband nationwide to 92.2 percent of the population in Mexico. ALTÁN Redes, a multinational consortium, won the tender process to build and operate the shared network.

The Red Compartida network will be wholesale only, which means that ALTÁN Redes will not provide mobile service to consumers but will provide access to the network to mobile operators. The operators will in turn use the network capacity to provide a consumer mobile product.

Red Compartida, a 700 MHz band 28 network, will also serve as a platform for government communications and services such as public safety, voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) and next-generation internet of things (IoT) vertical/industrial applications in financial services, health, energy and transport.

Airbus selected Nokia as technology partner. The liaison aims to offer solutions for the future shared network by the first quarter of 2018. The cooperation ensures that the government's cumulative investments in Tetrapol during the past 17 years keep their value by gradually migrating toward LTE, an Airbus statement said.

The IRIS network provides an encrypted radio communications service to more than 200,000 users, including the federal police, the decentralized administrative agency for prevention and social rehabilitation (OADPRS), 32 states of the Mexican republic and around 200 municipalities.

The IRIS network covers 85 percent of the population, 75 percent of roads and 50 percent of Mexico’s national territory. The coverage provided by the national IRIS network is one of the most extensive in the country. In some areas, it exceeds the coverage of the major mobile networks.

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