Public-Safety Broadband Group Hammers Out Commercial Operator Challenges
Monday, October 30, 2017 | Comments

The 16th TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG) plenary in Espoo, Finland, last week addressed commercial operator challenges for serving the critical communications market, TCCA said.

The event, hosted by TCCA member Nokia, brought together more than 55 organizations. Outcomes from the meeting included:
• The critical communications community and mobile network operators (MNOs) benefit strongly from closer engagement.
• Technology, the network environment, laws and regulations governing use of critical broadband, and end user field operations all need to develop in parallel.
• Many possibilities to harvest broadband benefits are already available, as demonstrated by the Finnish community.

“This CCBG plenary showed on the one hand quite tangibly how advanced complementary broadband solutions can be taken into use today, and on the other, demonstrated the challenges ahead of us and how we can address them,” said Tero Pesonen, chair of the CCBG.

Best practices in ongoing developments, as well as detailed discussions on critical communications standardization and future priorities in Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), formed the program. The need for interoperability and conformance testing and certification was acknowledged, along with the need to address laws and regulations that do not recognize mission-critical mobile broadband opportunities.

The final day focused on operator-related critical communications issues. The Finnish shared authority network VIRVE and the planned U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) were highlighted. The CCBG MNO task force will take the points raised and further address the requirements of the commercial operator community for serving the critical communications market.

Participants included critical communications users, public-safety and commercial operators, regulators, broadband equipment vendors, critical applications providers, consultants and representatives of standardization organizations.

“It is very encouraging to see all the different stakeholders coming together to discuss and move forward matters of common interest,” said Jarmo Vinkvist, CEO Suomen Virveverkko, part of State Security Networks Group Finland. “This is the way to achieve standardized interoperable solutions that meet our requirements.”

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