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Mission-critical LTE. The time is now for commercial networks

It's time our public safety heroes had the reliable mobile broadband tools they need to make the world safer. MNOs have a clear opportunity to deliver mission-critical LTE over their commercial networks to meet the needs of today’s emergency services, wherever they’re deployed.

By working with governments to make it all happen, MNOs can help change things for the better by boosting public safety and powering their business growth.

It's time for action.

"Everyone understands the importance of public safety communication in exceptional circumstances. The successful trials show that by combining advanced technology know-how, together with deep experience of providing mission-critical services we can pave the way for future solutions."

Pasi Mehtonen, Head of Operator Business at Telia Finland

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Public safety broadband – Unlock your network's LTE potential

Mobile network operators’ existing LTE networks can play a vital role to help our emergency services. Learn how LTE network operators can partner with governments to support public safety, win premium customers and make a difference.

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Increasing need for excellent public safety communication

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Technology changes shifting the role of MNOs

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Questions? Let's answer them

1. What's driving governments to work with commercial network operators?

Governments globally are seeking to improve the operational effectiveness of public safety agencies such as ambulance, police and firefighters. This effectiveness can be substantially improved by providing mobile broadband access to public safety applications and by ensuring efficient data access for command and control centers. Operators have a compelling opportunity today to work with governments to offer mission-critical public safety communications over their commercial LTE networks. The time to take action is now. See the analyst report

2. Can a commercial network operator really meet stringent public safety needs?

Absolutely! An existing commercial LTE network can provide a range of new communications services, supported by 3GPP standards, to support rescue missions and disaster response situations.
A few enhancements are needed, though, to the network’s coverage, security, reliability and QoS to meet mission-critical needs. See our brochure

3. How do both governments and operators benefit?

By working in partnership with operators, governments benefit from mission-critical LTE services with a full range of QoS, priority and pre-emption mechanisms, ensuring ready access to the network during emergencies.
The operator wins by securing a vital role in the delivery of mission-critical operations, not only gaining a significant long-term, premium client, but also through an enhanced brand image as a trusted communications provider. And by improving network coverage and reliability to meet governmental requirements, the oeprator can become more competitive. Find our more

4. How does an operator earn revenue?

An MNO can expect revenue in two ways:
Base contract with government. An annual fee that covers contract administration and baseline costs for operating a dedicated core network.
Per user premium fee. Each SIM assigned to emergency services staff will attract an annual subscription for the value of the services, as well as to support capital and operational costs. See the Nokia Bell Labs white paper

5. Has this been done before by a commercial operator?

Yes. LTE for public safety is already a reality for some commercial operators. One example is the UK government and EE, which are collaborating on the Emergency Services Network or ESN, to be run over EE’s public radio network. The public safety user traffic is processed by a core network dedicated to the government users. Nokia is working with EE to develop ESN. FirstNet and AT&T in the US is another example. Listen to our webinar with AT&T

6. How can Nokia help to deliver mission-critical LTE for public safety?

Nokia is at the forefront of 3GPP public safety communications standardization. Our ViTrust LTE end-to-end public safety approach and standards-based solutions combined with a comprehensive service portfolio help you safely implement mission-critical LTE on your commercial network with the right level of reliability, security and performance. Our solution also includes industry specific applications like group communications and advanced command centers. We are a leader in MVNO deployment and also number one in network planning and design (Source: Global Data 2017). We have unrivalled expertise and experience with around 350 commercial LTE customers and a 60-year history of working with governments. See our infographic

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It's time for action

As an LTE network provider, you have the potential to do great things and play a part in keeping society safe. We want to help you fulfil that potential. Contact us to start your journey to becoming something greater.