Finnish Groups Test Public-Safety Priority Service on Commercial Networks
Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Comments

State Security Networks Group Finland, Elisa, Helsinki Police and Nokia tested prioritization of first responder communications on Elisa’s commercial 4G network in a live operational environment in Helsinki in December.

During 2017, State Security Networks Group Finland has been successfully testing authority communications priority over other mobile traffic. In December State Security Networks Group Finland, Elisa, Helsinki Police and Nokia retested traffic prioritization capabilities in commercial mobile network loading conditions.

The current public-safety TETRA network Virve is in transition to a new generation of technical solutions in which critical authority communications is handled in cooperation with commercial mobile operators. Implementation of critical authority communications services using commercial operators’ mobile networks is required for stability and service continuity. Prioritization of public-safety communication over other traffic, as well as access to services during network congestion, are prerequisites for use of commercial mobile networks for public protection and disaster response (PPDR) communications.

“In Finland, the strength of cooperation between authorities such as police, rescue, paramedics, border guard, defence forces and other key players in the security of the society is a good communications discipline,” said Antti Kauppinen, development manager, State Security Networks Group Finland. “We have demonstrated internationally the importance of well-functioning authority communications and the technical solutions for how it can be implemented. Work on the new-generation Virve technology is in progress even though the current TETRA-based Virve network will serve yet for a long time.”

In addition, State Security Networks acquired a majority share of Deltagon, a company focused on cybersecurity services. The acquisition extends the cybersecurity capabilities to the national secure IP backbone service Tuve.

“It is very good to see the broadband industry, a public-safety operator and mobile network operator testing key 4G network capabilities together," said Tero Pesonen, TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group chairman. "This all adds up to a common understanding of how networks work, how they need to be configured, what the impacts are to the field operational procedures, as well as contribute to identification of potential legal restrictions. PPDR and other critical communications users in the field need to have uncompromised trust to their broadband service until it can form their sole communications tool. Tests like this are an important step to that direction."

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