Nordic Countries Outline PPDR Cooperation, Broadband in White Paper
Thursday, May 17, 2018 | Comments

Finland, Norway and Sweden prepared and signed a white paper noting the importance of international cooperation in public protection and disaster response (PPDR) communications. The paper follows a notice of intent signed by officials from each of the three countries this week.

The four conclusions are that PPDR organizations need secure and reliable broadband wireless systems; Long Term Evolution (LTE) and more recent Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards will be the basis for Nordic countries; to secure cross-border interoperability, national solutions must be aligned in international cooperation; each nation will make PPDR radio network build and operations decisions.

The white paper outlines the cross-border interoperability among the TETRA networks in each of the three countries. The paper noted that future PPDR mobile communications systems must be at least as robust and reliable as TETRA networks.

Requirements for next-generation PPDR systems include a standardized broadband solution for voice and data with priority mechanisms. The broadband system must support collaboration tools, anywhere access to digital information with data transfer possible between field personnel and public-safety answering points (PSAPs), and transfer of live images for situational awareness and incident management. The three options to realize PPDR broadband networks include use of dedicated networks, use of commercial networks and hybrid solutions. The paper then outlines the spectrum situation in each of the three countries. Finland’s PPDR services will use commercial networks under a hybrid model, Norway will use commercial mobile providers for PPDR communications, and Sweden is waiting to allocate a 2-by-10-megahertz 700 MHz band that could potentially be used by PPDR.

“In the Nordic countries, there may therefore become a mix of dedicated PPDR networks and networks based on one or more commercial mobile networks,” the paper said. “No commercial operators have so far clearly stated that they will be willing to meet all the needs of PPDR, neither are such requirements fully specified. It is not clear what will be the best business model for a commercial solution as seen by both the states and the commercial operators.”

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