South Korea to Extend Radio Networks Use for Public Safety
Monday, November 19, 2018 | Comments

South Korea’s Ministry of Science & Information and Communication Technology (ICT) announced South Korea will extend the use of its voice mobile radio networks for disaster safety.

Since the early 1980s, disaster safety agencies have used an analog network. The government is extending the country’s public-safety analog VHF/UHF and TRS (Trunked Radio System) to support the smooth transition from legacy networks to the new public-safety Long Term Evolution (PS-LTE) network. The government plans to upgrade the VHF/UHF networks to digital technology beginning in 2020.

South Korea selected the preferred bidders for the PS-LTE network last month with final contract negotiations continuing through 21 November.

A Ministry of Science & ICT 29 October press release said extending the analog VHF/UHF and TRS will support the smooth transition from legacy networks to the new PS-LTE network. The new PS-LTE network should be interoperable with legacy narrowband networks such as analog VHF/UHF, TETRA and iDEN networks through radio over IP (RoIP) gateways.

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