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May 26 2016

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior implements nation-wide LTE for public safety

Twitter: @JoachimWuilmet

 

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Public safety agencies around the world are facing an increasing need to adopt efficient, interoperable communications solutions with support for video and data services. Many countries are considering the best technology choice for the future, while some very early adopters are already one step ahead.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in Qatar made the decision to go for LTE already in 2010, building its mission-critical network together with Nokia. Today, the public safety LTE network in Qatar has practically reached nation-wide coverage and emergency service workers are seeing clear benefits of high-speed data in their daily work.

In Qatar, Mol’s telecom department provides different agencies like fire brigades, medical emergency services and internal security forces with broadband LTE services. In addition to mission-critical data services, MoI is also adopting Voice over LTE (VoLTE). When new, standardized public safety-specific features become available, such as the recent addition of push-to-talk, they can be introduced with software upgrades to the existing network.

 

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Ali Salem Al-Henzab, Brigadier-Engineer, Director, Telecoms Department at the Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar is happy with the decision to go for LTE, noting that: “LTE is the right system to provide communications between control center and emergency service workers. Earlier, they were just depending on voice, and now they see a live picture with full visibility to what is really going on.”

Urbanization is a global trend affecting also the State of Qatar. Cities will represent 70% of the world’s population by 2020, which calls for greater efficiency in services aimed for citizens and integrated tools for governmental agencies. Governments need to carefully plan their resources and respond to emergency situations faster. Interoperable, scalable network infrastructure is the key foundation for a well-functioning, safer and smarter city with real-time video and data services and advanced analytics.

Brigadier-Engineer Al-Henzab believes that MoI Qatar made a future-proof choice in selecting LTE as their technology platform. Working closely together with Nokia and participating in 3GPP standardization work has given the Ministry an opportunity to implement LTE with confidence right from the start and be ready for next-generation public safety services today.

Watch this video interview with the Brigadier-Engineer to hear more about the mission-critical LTE network and collaboration with Nokia.

 

Nokia is actively driving the development of mission-critical networks and services. For comprehensive smart city solutions, we provide 5G-ready networks combined with IoT capabilities and new concepts such as drone traffic control. As part of the smart city initiative of the Government of Dubai, Nokia is building an end-to-end mission-critical network for smart city services.

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About Joachim Wuilmet

Joachim is the head of Customer Marketing and Communications for Middle-East and Africa market at Nokia and a true global citizen. Over the course of his career, he's worked in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, observing the explosion of text messaging and unwavering rise of the mobile Internet across cultures. He understands firsthand, the benefits of creating a world where everybody and everything will be connected.