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Critical communications sector welcomes WRC-15 public safety spectrum resolution

World Radiocommunication Conference delivers first recommendation in the history of the ITU-R  for a global harmonised spectrum range for mobile broadband services to support the Public Safety and Emergency Services

Geneva, Switzerland, 25 November 2015:  The increasing need for harmonised frequency ranges for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) communications has been recognised in a highly significant resolution agreed by the 196 nations participating in the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) concluding this week in Geneva. Harmonised spectrum for critical communications enhances interoperability and cost effective cross-border collaboration, resulting in more effective response during disasters and major events.

The WRC 2015 Resolution 646  takes into consideration ‘the growing telecommunication and radiocommunication needs of public protection agencies and organisations, including those dealing with emergency situations and disaster relief, that are vital to the maintenance of law and order, protection of life and property, disaster relief and emergency response.’  The Resolution 646, which is an international agreement under UN/ITU, encourages administrations to use harmonised frequency ranges for PPDR to the maximum extent possible, and to consider the frequency range 694-894 MHz when undertaking national planning for PPDR applications, highlighting broadband in particular.

This underlines that although narrowband and wideband systems will continue to be used to meet PPDR requirements, there is a growing need for broadband applications to support improved data and multimedia capabilities. These require higher data rates and higher capacity, and appropriate spectrum from this harmonised range may need to be made available on a national basis.

The WRC Resolution 646 recognises that many administrations wish to promote interoperability and interworking between communications systems used for PPDR, both nationally and for cross-border operations in emergency situations and for disaster relief.  Clearly defined frequency ranges enable improved spectrum management and planning. Harmonised spectrum increases the potential for interoperability and standardisation of equipment. The resulting economies of scale in terms of research, development and manufacturing lead to a more cost-efficient and competitive market.

“In today’s world, the need for cross-border cooperation among PPDR agencies has never been more apparent,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of critical communications sector’s representative the TCCA. “Many, many organisations responsible for delivering and supporting PPDR emergency response have been working for several years to secure harmonised spectrum for critical broadband applications. We would like to thank the spectrum regulators of the world for this Resolution – it is a treaty between the 196 UN countries and therefore a very important global step.”

The Resolution 646 is a significant first step and efforts on both regional and national levels are needed to reach the objective – internationally harmonised spectrum is dedicated at national level. Several countries have allocated spectrum already, including Australia, Canada, France, Korea and the USA. Each of those took the decision as direct result of natural disasters or terrorist attacks, and all are in alignment with this Resolution.

For Europe, the next step is for the CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations), which represents 48 European countries, to complete the ongoing work and reach an ECC Decision. The CEPT decision is expected in the first half of 2016.
The European Commission is also committed to ensuring that sufficient spectrum is made available under harmonised conditions.

Note to Editors:

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years under the United Nation’s ITU-R Union. It is the job of the WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous WRCs. The general scope of the agenda of WRCs conferences is established four to six years in advance, with the final agenda set by the ITU Council two years before the conference, with the concurrence of a majority of Member States.

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Cecilie Løken – Communicating Need For Specialised Radio #CCEU2014

Nødnett constitutes one of the largest investments in societal security in Norway ever. Cecilie B. Løken has been involved in the work on Nødnett in Norway for more than ten years in various different roles. In recent years she has served as the Communications Director of DNK and has worked closely with the media. This has provided valuable experience in terms of how to communicate the Nødnett message to groups unfamiliar with the project, such as the media, politicians and the general public. DNK had a rough period with many negative media stories during the autumn of 2012.

The development of Nødnett was nearing completion, and the debate in Norway was characterised by enormous expectations and little knowledge regarding the new network. At the same time the parliamentary election in Norway was approaching. The communication concerning Nødnett had to be balanced in a very delicate manner. DNK had to communicate facts, opinions and needs to both people who knew everything and those who knew nothing – without it appearing that we had picked political sides. Thus, an educational effort became an important priority in order to prevent misunderstandings and negative media coverage, in addition to increase the knowledge regarding Nødnett.

We caught up with Cecilie at our last major European event in Paris last year. The following interview covers the importance of Inter System Interface between Norway and Sweden and her reasons for attending.

 interview Cecilie

Cecilie will be presenting on Day 2 of Critical Communications Europe on ‘Challenges In Communicating The Need For Specialised Radio Systems In The Political Sphere’

The Norway – Sweden ISI development project will also be showcased by Marianne Storrøsten (DNK) and Anita Galin (MSB) on Day 2 in the presentation ‘In Emergencies We Should Forget National Borders’

DNK Director General, Tor Helge Lyngstøl, will be taking part in ‘Updates From Europe’s Major TETRA Networks’ on Day 1 of the conference.


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How do you judge a conference? | Critical Communications Europe 2014

How do you judge a conference?

By the quality of its speakers.

Despite all the hard work that goes into organising and running an event, any success is down to the willingness of members of the Critical Communications community to share their work and inspire their peers. We are very grateful and proud of all of our speakers who will be bringing the conference to life in Amsterdam. Below is just a small preview of who will be stepping up to the lectern at the NH Grand Hotel Kraznapolsky during Critical Communications Europe.

Meet The Speakers 

Meet the speakers


Key Topics Include

    • How Will Innovation Shape The Future Of Critical Communications
    • A European Harmonised Spectrum For Broadband PPDR
    • SMART Critical Communications: The Smart Santander Project
    • Preparing And Investing For Next Generation Networks – Exploring The MVNO Opportunity
    • Mass Management And Encryption In Public Safety Critical Communications Networks
    • Deploying Critical Communications To Increase Efficiency In The Rail Environment

We look forward to welcoming you to Critical Communications Europe

Critical Communications Europe Team


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TETRA and LTE – fact and fiction



TETRA Today talks to Phil Kidner, chief executive officer of the TCCA, about the part TETRA and LTE technology have to play in the future of critical communications

The annual TETRA World Congress is now known as Critical Communications World, incorporating the TETRA World Congress. The event in Paris this year attracted the highest number of visitors in its 15 year history, due in part to the showcasing of the potential of LTE for public safety broadband applications in the future. (more…)

TETRA set to take centre stage with a year of record growth


Industry event to present complete capabilities of critical communications industry

Wednesday 17 April 2013, London, UK

TETRA continues to dominate the critical communications market. Data released by IMS Research (now part of IHS Inc.) shows that 2012 is the third consecutive year for record shipments by manufacturers of TETRA equipment. The technology is being deployed in more regions than ever before, and showing strong acceptance in a growing number of vertical markets.

Reflecting the on-going popularity of the TETRA standard, the industry’s annual Critical Communications World conference and exhibition is expecting a record number of attendees and exhibitors. This year the event takes place in Paris from 21-24 May 2013.

“TETRA is a robust and highly specified standard that has proven its worth time and time again to its users, and to the wider public who depend on critical communications for their safety and security,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA). “The established leader throughout the world, there are still new markets opening up. These include North America, where we are seeing TETRA being adopted for the first time in the utilities and public transport sectors.” (more…)

TCCA marks TETRA critical communications interoperability milestone

Latest news From TCCA (London UK Monday 18 March 2013)


The world’s most dominant mission critical mobile communications standard has further cemented its success. The 750th TETRA interoperability  test certificate has been issued by the TETRA & Critical Communications Association (TCCA) test and certification body, marking the 15th year of the process that has driven the global adoption of the TETRA standard. Each certificate issued is for a specific infrastructure-radio terminal combination. There are currently some three million TETRA terminals in use worldwide. (more…)

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