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Aug 09 2016

SK Telecom and Nokia showcase critical communications innovation in Korea

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Image: KBS (http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=3322581)
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Earlier this year, I addressed how the technological advances in LTE are creating a transformational momentum for the public safety industry. We can see very concrete examples of this development in Korea, where Nokia is supporting the industry in achieving maximum benefits of the collaboration between telecom operators and government agencies.

Nokia and SK Telecom (SKT) recently demonstrated the capabilities of Ultra Compact Network, Nokia’s latest innovation in the area of rapidly deployable systems for critical communications. The demonstration consisted of different use cases in indoor, outdoor and rapid field deployments, which is drawing a lot of attention from the local media and TV channels in Korea.

It’s really exciting to know that SK Telecom will use our Ultra Compact Network to expand the coverage of the public safety LTE network it’s building. The operator is also deploying the system as part of its LTE for the Maritime Wireless Communications project, a very interesting use case for our portable LTE systems.

In fact, geography is an important factor when looking at the requirements for the next-generation public safety networks. For example, in coastal areas, coverage needs to extend far offshore for water rescue missions and floods create an acute need for rapidly deployable communication systems. In remote and rural areas, complementing coverage with portable systems makes more sense than deploying costly fixed infrastructure to cover the entire location. In densely inhabited areas, the modern building construction regulations often prevent the network signal from reaching basements and other underground facilities, making portable LTE systems an ideal coverage solution for first responders operating in these locations.

Incidents can happen anywhere, and we need to build networks and solutions which offer critical communications in all possible situations.

Ultra Compact Network

Concrete collaboration like this with different industry players provides a great opportunity to learn about real-life use cases for the technology we create, as well as demonstrate how to progress beyond the current limits and guide the industry to a new era.

The pace of mission and business critical LTE is accelerating in many corners of the world, as the recent report on private LTE network market also indicates. And if we look at the bigger picture, LTE opens up possibilities for new type of cooperation between different types of private networks, such as railways and public safety. In some countries, the railway operators, governments and telecom operators are already taking advantage of the economies of scale in building a shared infrastructure with clearly defined priority services.

Nokia is very used to transformation and we know that to benefit most from innovation, you need to truly embrace change. Ultimately, the greatest benefit of adopting the latest generation of technologies like LTE, with access to real-time information and applications, is in its ability to provide more efficient services both to first responders and to citizens like you and me.

We’re proud to be at the forefront of this development, collaborating with governments, operators, public safety agencies and the global LTE public safety ecosystem.

Learn more about next-generation mission and business critical services in this video:

For more information on rapidly deployable LTE, read this press release about Nokia Ultra Compact Network and visit our Compact LTE solutions page.

Share your thoughts on this topic by replying below – or join the Twitter discussion with @nokianetworks using #publicsafety #LTE

About Joerg Ambrozy

Joerg is head of Public Safety & Government at Nokia, and very passionate about how technology can save lives by enabling efficient and innovative mobile broadband solutions for first responders. He enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures with his wife and three kids.