Nokia boosts backhaul for P25 public safety network in San Diego

California city implements new network based on IP/MPLS and packet microwave radio technology, which will enhance response capabilities of emergency personnel

Nokia boosts backhaul for P25 public safety network in San Diego

Nokia is working with the City of San Diego in California, USA to enhance its public safety communications network in support of critical services for the city's residents. Nokia will upgrade the network using Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and packet microwave radio technology, providing highly secure, resilient and reliable data transport capabilities.

San Diego's data network is providing backhaul capabilities for San Diego's P25 digital trunked two-way radio system to help strengthen the responsiveness of the city's emergency personnel. The city is also expanding the network to support a variety of additional municipal agencies and services in the United States' 8th largest city.

The new network will provide high-speed, high-capacity data connections between San Diego's municipal facilities, enabling enhanced voice and data communications, as well as video surveillance for first responders such as police and fire departments and supporting other applications including SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition).

This agreement highlights Nokia's growing focus on delivering mission-critical networks for markets beyond traditional communications service providers. Public safety in particular represents an attractive opportunity as both national and regional governments seek to modernize their aging communications infrastructure for first responders, an area where Nokia is particularly well positioned according to a recent study by Current Analysis.

Nokia is supplying San Diego with its, 7705 Service Aggregation Router, 7210 Service Access Switch, 7750 Service Routers and 9500 Microwave Packet Radio to manage Ethernet, TDM and video services, and to support the transition to an all-IP network. The network is managed by Nokia's 5620 Service Aware Manager.

Nokia is also providing professional services such as network design and engineering, frequency planning and licensing, tower construction, installation and commissioning and field maintenance.

Kamal Ballout, Head of Sales, Global Enterprise and Public Sector, US for Nokia, said: "Municipal communications networks, particularly in large cities like San Diego, are facing enormous demands as more bandwidth-intensive applications such as video are utilized for public safety and other municipal services. Nokia has the premier end-to-end public safety networking solution to address mission-critical requirements."

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