Nokia Provides Infrastructure Services for German Public-Safety Network
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BDBOS, the German nationwide public-safety digital radio network, selected Nokia to provide technical, maintenance and management services. Nokia successfully launched the service in December with all services and logistics sites equipped and ready for deployment, and employees trained and fully operational.

Over an initial four-year contract, Nokia will support mission-critical communications infrastructure across German national, federal and local public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) agencies. By delivering an extensive range of managed infrastructure services, Nokia will ensure the highest levels of network availability.

With responsibility for system upgrades at base station sites, Nokia will support a networkwide IP migration program that will involve more than 8,000 technical modifications. By delivering this service, as part of the BDBOS Midlife Upgrade program, Nokia will help to migrate the Digitalfunk BOS network from TETRA TDM to IP. This will simplify system architecture, increase flexibility and facilitate integration with associated communications systems.

“With its technical expertise, services track record and public safety domain knowledge, Nokia will help manage the next phase in the future of BOS Digitalfunknetz,” said BDBOS Vice President Frank Buddrus. “We look forward to working in close partnership with Nokia to raise standards even higher in our service to German citizens and public safety organizations.”

In addition to technical and maintenance services, Nokia will be responsible for process change and equipment life-cycle management, third-party equipment supply, network documentation, and data and service level management. It will also manage integration of third-party products and parties as well as close co-ordination with regulatory authorities.

“It is highly prestigious for Nokia to work as a strategic partner with BDBOS on the Digitalfunknetz, which is a world-leading PPDR communications system,” said Friedrich Trawoeger, vice president Nokia cloud and cognitive services. “In addition to our services know-how, we will also bring our public safety experience, which incorporates knowledge of the specific process and procedure requirements essential for working in a high-profile, mission-critical public service environment. We look forward to help usher in a new era for BDBOS as we play our part in its migration into a more IP-based architecture.”

The BDBOS network has more than 962,000 subscribers and handles approximately 47 million calls each month. The network enables fast, reliable nationwide, cross-organizational communications and facilitates efficient and safe implementation of complex missions, especially in crisis and disaster situations.

The BDBOS network is the world’s largest based on the international TETRA standard and incorporates more than 4,800 base stations and provides radio coverage for 99.2 percent of Germany.

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