LTE - the future of mission critical comms?

Mission critical communications are currently supported by the Airwave network; however by the end of 2019 it is the intention of the government to replace this network with a more cost-effective and up-to-date broadband communications system. The main issue is that time is running out.

The government has chosen a system - LTE (Long Term Evolution); however LTE was never designed for mission critical communications. It was designed to provide mobile communications to smart devices, offering quicker access to data.

What this means is that the LTE systems needs to be adapted to make it suitable for mission critical communications, particularly given the nature of the services on which mission critical communications depend on.

Will LTE provide the same or enhanced options and services in comparison to Airwave?

For those working in the emergency services with telecoms, understanding LTE and its capabilities will be essential, enabling users to contribute to the wider discussion around the Emergency Services Network (ESN), as well as upskill in preparation for a changeover.

LTE Mission Critical Communications has been designed specifically for those working in the emergency services with a direct or indirect interest in the new ESN.

This training course demystifies the complexities of LTE, illustrating how this system has been adapted to support its new role as the core of ESN.

Attendance on this course will enhance students’ knowledge of LTE and ESN, permitting more informed discussions during technical meetings, when determining the suitability of ESN and in making decisions on equipment procurement.