France Seeks Information on LTE Direct Mode
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | Comments

The French Ministry of the Interior (MoI) Public Procurement Office released a request for information (RFI) on direct mode.

“This is not a public contract but a call for skills (RFI),” the ministry said. “The Domestic Security Procurement, Equipment and Logistics Department (SAELSI) wishes to develop the ‘direct mode,’ designating the set of functions enabling the communications of at least two personnel with their own equipment on the ground and not using any infrastructure.”

The administration wishes to exchange with professionals to refine its knowledge on the technology. An information meeting is scheduled for 14 November.

In September, France released an RFI about licensed shared access and air ground air communications. The call sought to establish a radio network of the future (RRF) for public protection and disaster response (PPDR) communications.

The country’s PCSTORM public-safety broadband project awarded contracts earlier this year. French operator Orange will offer the radio access network (RAN) with priority and pre-emption features and backup using other French nationwide mobile networks. Streamwide won the lot four applications and security contract and will supply mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) technology. Gemalto was contracted to provide subscriber identity modules (SIM)s for the network, said an MoI official.

More information on the direct mode RFI is here.

More information on the outlook for direct mode is on Page 23 of the latest issue of RadioResource International magazine.

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