French Operator Plans MCPTT Rollout with Motorola Solutions Technology
Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Comments

SFR, the second-largest commercial operator in France, selected Motorola Solutions to provide a Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) solution. The next-generation broadband PTT service will be delivered through SFR’s nationwide network, enabling customers to improve operational efficiency, accelerate business productivity and enhance customer service.

Motorola Solutions’ network-integrated, mission-critical broadband PTT solution includes enhanced multimedia services, such as push to video, push to text, geolocation and geofencing. The technology also offers integration options with existing two-way radio networks, allowing users to extend PTT communications beyond the coverage boundaries of their radio system and to add new user groups that would typically not carry two-way radios. Motorola will also supply its rugged LEX Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices.

The new broadband PTT service is suitable for use across multiple sectors, such as transportation, construction, utilities, healthcare, public services and industrial environments. The technology also supports emergency services and can be scaled to securely add new internal staff or third-party partners, the company said in a statement.

French National Railway SNCF will be the first broadband PTT customer in France. SFR won the DIGIFIRST program tender launched by SNCF, the French national railway service, to evolve its professional mobile radio (PMR) system capabilities with more advanced features and collaborate with broadband networks. The mission-critical broadband PTT service will be rolled out to the French national railway security and support teams responsible for coordinating the transport of millions of passengers each year.

SNCF will start making the new technology available to its staff early this year. Paris and the adjacent Île-de-France region were first to get the upgrade.

“The new broadband PTT service will allow our business and government customers to take advantage of two-way radio communications and broadband technologies over SFR’s leading LTE infrastructure,” said Gregory Rabuel, executive director at SFR Business. “As one of France’s leading specialists in telecoms and communications, SFR is committed to providing the very highest quality of service and reliability to its customers, especially as the technology is crucial in mission-critical situations.”

French commercial operator Orange won France’s PCSTORM contract for broadband communications for public-safety agencies in the country. Streamwide will supply a MCPTT and multimedia application on that network.

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