The mission critical comms revolution

07 September 2022

Paul Ward, director, ETELM

Paul Ward, director, ETELM

Private 4G/5G communications offers an exciting opportunity for mission critical users – the move towards high-speed broadband services will enable new, advanced applications and offer significant operational improvements for users. However, there will still be a demand for traditional PMR technologies….so can the industry gain more than just the improvement in data services?

TETRA is still the most advanced digital trunked communications system for mission critical users today and sets the standard for voice and group communications but will never be able to offer the high-speed data services that are essential for today’s critical workers. As organisations look towards the next generation mobile communications, there is an opportunity to reflect on how different technologies can continue to be viable for users.

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On the road to 5G to support Africa’s digital agenda

12 July 2022

 

 

 

 

Robert Shepherd sat down with Nicolas Blixell, vice president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa to talk all things 5G

Is the progress Africa has made with 5G so far good enough?
Africa is home to over a billion people, and it is also a continent with the most growing economies. ICT is essential for the region’s development, and adequate ICT service deployment and digital connectivity will play a crucial role in achieving economic sustainability in the continent. We believe that ICT is the catalyst for digital transformation, with mobile networks being the crucial ingredient in increasing Africa’s economic competitiveness in the global arena.

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Getting space business qualified

11 July 2022

Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF

GVF, through its training division – SatProf, Inc. – has for 21 years been engaged in the provision of satellite earth station/terminal installer training and certification. This year, GVF’s Silver Anniversary, we have added to our training/education portfolio, taking an additional direction with the satellite industry’s first comprehensive online non-technical education programme and curriculum to offer individual courses, full modules and a “Space Business Qualified” (SBQ) certification path.

With the SBQ, GVF is once again working with SatProf. Our other partner is Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). The three satellite industry trade groups have a combined 80-years of experience in space industry education and in launching this new online learning programme we will satisfy the need of new and established businesses and employees in the commercial space industry to learn about all aspects of the business, enabling industry professionals to become “space business qualified.”

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Managing the deployment of mission critical broadband applications

08 July 2022

Tero Pesonen, chair of TCCA’s Critical Communications Broadband Group and TCCA

Tero Pesonen, chair of TCCA’s Critical Communications Broadband Group and TCCA

 

Around the world, the emergency services and other first responders are increasingly using broadband applications to augment existing mission critical voice and narrowband data services. This is catalysing a focus on the quality of ‘mission critical’ applications.

Unlike consumer apps, mission critical apps may be supporting users in life or death situations, and there can be no weak link in the ecosystem. This means that the successful implementation of mission critical applications will be a complex task. TCCA, the global representative organisation for the critical communications ecosystem, has published an advisory white paper that looks at the key considerations that need to be taken into account when developing and deploying true mission critical applications.

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