Finnish Public-Safety Operator Summarizes Broadband Responses
Friday, April 24, 2020 | Comments

Erillisverkot, the provider of Finland’s planned Virve 2.0 public-safety broadband network, published a summary of the responses to its request for information (RFI) on Virve 2.0 mission-critical services it released in November. The primary goal was to get a clear picture of the maturity and interoperability of solutions to guide in shaping the related procurement strategy.

Thirty responses were received by the deadline. “We were really pleased to receive so many good responses and in the content of both those and the followup discussions we had with some of the companies,” said Erillisverkot Development Manager Ari Toivonen. “We are grateful for all the information received. Without this information, planning for the forthcoming procurement phase would have been much more demanding and risking getting our requirements wrong in some places.”

Erillisverkot received feedback on the topics covered by the RFI from various interested parties from all over the world and from many sides of the industry, including suppliers, consultants and other public-safety operators. Several of the responses focused on only some areas of the RFI based on their own interests and capabilities.

“We assume that the summary document provides a pretty accurate picture of the current situation and near future plans of the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project)-based mission-critical services industry at the moment,” said Toivonen. “However, we expect to see fast evolution in this market, and anyone conducting a similar exercise in the future is likely to receive different results.”

The RFI was to inform the second phase of the Virve 2.0 project that will specify, procure and roll out the Virve 2.0 mission-critical services. The procurement activities are expected to start in 2020. Earlier in April, Erillisverkot announced that it selected Elisa to supply the broadband Virve 2.0 radio access network as a service and Ericsson to supply the core systems. The full summary of responses is here.

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