PMeV Creates Working Group Focused on Broadband for Critical Infrastructure, Industry
Thursday, February 04, 2021 | Comments

The German Association and Network for Critical Communications (PMeV) established a working group addressing broadband solutions for critical infrastructures and industrial enterprises.

In its constituent meeting, the group members elected Dr. Frederik Giessing, managing director of 450connect, one of the PMeV member companies, as head of the working group.

The foundation of the working group takes place at a stage highly important for the future utilization of professional mobile radio (PMR) broadband applications: The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) in Germany allocated the frequency spectrum ranging from 3.7 to 3.8 GHz to dedicated local broadband networks at the end of 2019. Power supply companies and industrial enterprises, as well as small and medium-sized companies can thus use this frequency range to set up their own future-oriented communications networks, also referred to as campus networks, based on 4G/LTE and 5G. Starting in 2021, frequencies for broadband applications in the 450 MHz range will be made available to critical infrastructure (KRITIS) operators and can be used by them for the digitization of the turnaround in energy policy.

"The objective target of the new working group is to play an active role in shaping the future digitization of the German economy,” said Giessing. “With the PMeV network members, we provide the competence and expertise of planning companies, application developers, infrastructure operators and service providers dealing with mission- and business-critical broadband solutions in the dialogue and cooperation with KRITIS users and industrial companies and want to jointly promote new developments.”

The working group is acting as a platform for the professional exchange and presents a unified image of providers and users of PMR broadband solutions. it continues the PMeV dialogue with user associations and decision-makers in regulatory authorities and politics in the broadband segment.

"In a world of critical communications there are no longer classical ‘buyer-and-seller’ relationships,” said PMeV Board of Management Chairman Bernhard Klinger. “Only through long-term partnerships between all parties involved, with an understanding of mutual requirements, is it possible to reach solutions appropriate to ensure reliable, secure, efficient and fully functional mission- and business-critical communications. The creation of such an ecosystem in the upcoming broadband segment represents one of the future tasks of the PMeV association.”

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