Swedish, Norwegian TETRA Operators Begin Cross-Border Communications
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Comments

Swedish network Rakel and Norway’s Nødnett will start long-term cross-border communications with an extensive exercise 16 November. Public-safety organizations, such as police forces and ambulance services, of both countries will congregate in the towns of Meråker, Norway, and Storlien, Sweden, to test the interoperable system on the Rakel and Nødnett networks. This marks the launch of the world’s first binational communications systems.

Both networks will be ready for binational operational use in early 2017. The cross-border system has certified TETRA Inter-System Interface (ISI) functionality and meets all technical requirements. Even though both nations use different secure TETRA networks and different terminals, the European Union (EU)-funded project Inter-System Interoperability for TETRA-Tetrapol Networks (ISITEP) created a platform on which Swedish and Norwegian disaster relief organizations can exchange information. Previous tests in 2016 as part of the European vanguard project were successful.

Airbus Defence and Space has been involved in the ISI project planning of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) since the Rakel network went into operation in 2010. “Our technology has contributed substantially to the interoperability of the Swedish and Norwegian networks,” said Olivier Koczan, head of secure land communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “Together with our partners, we are continuously developing solutions to improve cross-border communications in Europe.”

Motorola Solutions supplies Norway’s Nødnett network, and Sepura contributed to device connectivity. Frequentis delivered its latest software update to support cross-border voice and data services within the control centers, and the software is ready to be deployed by the agencies in 2017. The cross-border project will now enable group and individual calls and messaging between the public-safety forces of both countries and provides authentication as well as encryption.

The ISI project in Norway and Sweden is one of the most advanced multinational radio communications projects in Europe and focuses, among other things, on mission-critical communications on both sides of the 1,619-kilometer long border. After almost three years’ of development, the basic binational interoperability between police and rescue teams is now in place.

ISITEP aims to find a comprehensive solution for interoperability between mission-critical communications systems based on different technologies. The project team comprises a consortium of 15 companies and academic institutions from 10 countries. This three-year initiative to strengthen the cooperation between national emergency services started in 2013 and received EU funding of around €10 million (US$10.7 million). The TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) and first response organizations from nine countries are also supporting the project’s activities.

“As responsible agency for Nødnett, DNK are proud to take part in the work that can become a standard for other European countries in the future. We have long considered functionality for cross-border communication as a natural part of Nødnett, and it is very gratifying to see it in action," said Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Directorate for Emergency Communications (DNK) director.

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