October 26, 2016
Tokyo, Japan - Nokia is to provide LTE network technology and services for field tests being carried out by the Mobile Radio Center Foundation (MRC), a Japanese provider of private mobile radio services. MRC will use the network environment to assess the performance of next-generation mission-critical systems in Tokyo and Saitama.
Nokia will provide the deployable solutions and group communications required for the field trial. Its Nokia Compact Network solutions enable EPC and IMS on a single blade server, which can be implemented inside the eNB. This also allows for the provision of integrated voice and data functions required by public safety operations in a single base station. In this specific field trial, the Push to Talk (PTT) function will be provided with the Compact Network solutions as well as on user devices, allowing the voice broadcasting required in public safety applications.
Summary of network devices and services provided by Nokia:
Nokia Flexi Base Station: compact, weatherproof LTE base station equipment
Nokia Compact Network: enables Micro CORE functions on the eNB blade server such as EPC and IMS functions required in public safety operations
Push to Talk (PTT) function: This will be provided on the Compact Network and user devices
Hikoshi Nakagawa, General Manager of MRC, said: "MRC has been researching the feasibility of using LTE for mission critical networks since 2013, and with the cooperation of Nokia we are finally beginning technical validation. We hope to develop and expand services not only in Japan, but also in Asia and throughout the entire world, and contribute to create safe and secure communities with a reliable public safety network."
Jae Won, head of Japan for Nokia, said: "Nokia last month launched the Mission Critical Communications Alliance (MCCA), a global collaboration of mobile operators, public authorities and first response agencies, to formalize standards in the use of LTE for public safety. We are confident that the technical validation of this field trial will further advance the practical application of LTE-based mission-critical services in Japan and the region."
Did you know?
Nokia was recognized as the number one public safety market vendor of technologies "beyond 4G" in a survey of 100 telecommunications companies worldwide. Cutting-edge PS-LTE solutions owned by Nokia, such as NIB, will also be used in field trial with The MRC Foundation.
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