Nokia launches Mission Critical Communications Alliance

Body aims to lead critical public safety communications ecosystem and standardisation by bringing together operators, Government bodies and first response agencies to inform policy makers in the use of 4G-based public safety technology

Nokia launches Mission Critical Communications Alliance

Nokia announced the formation of the Mission Critical Communications Alliance last week (14 September 2016), which comprises a global collaboration of mobile operators, national and local-level public authorities and first response agencies. Its goal is to formalize standards in the use of LTE for public safety, while enabling new ideas and partnerships to bolster momentum in application of the technology in this area.

The Alliance will bring various stakeholders to a single platform with which to inform and guide policy makers on the benefits of LTE-based public safety solutions for the provision of high-quality and robust critical communications services. More than 10 leading service providers and agencies such as Mobile Radio Center from Japan and Vodafone Hutchison Australia are participating in the Alliance programme.

4G LTE provides public safety services including first responders with mission-critical features such as real-time high-definition video streaming, remote data access and location-based services.

Several countries are already upgrading their public safety systems to leverage LTE technology, Nokia and Korea's SK Telecom have recently demonstrated the capabilities of Ultra Compact Network, a portable small cell based LTE network that can provide 4G connectivity for public safety and other mission- and business-critical services in remote locations (see photo above).

Ashish Chowdhary, chief customer operations officer at Nokia, said: "Having worked with the various Governments in the public safety field for over 60 years, we are happy to facilitate a broad group of stakeholders in the global public safety community to drive the adoption of LTE in critical communications.

“The Mission Critical Communications Alliance will work towards realizing the unique benefits of LTE in public safety, enabling national, regional and local authorities to provide a higher level of safety and security for their citizens, while creating innovative new business models for service providers. We look forward to welcoming other members to the Alliance who are committed to using 4G technology to enhance the effectiveness of mission-critical services."

See also: SK Telecom and Nokia complete portable mission critical LTE system for first responders

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