“LTE presents a unique opportunity as the future single, global standard for critical mobile broadband.“ Speaker Interview
Critical Communications Middle East, takes place next month, 15 – 17 September 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, UAE
Event Director, Hanna Jackson recently interviewed Tony Gray, Chairman Critical Communications Broadband Group, TETRA & Critical Communications Association on the international status of adoption of Mission Critical Broadband
Q: What’s the international status of adoption of Mission Critical Mobile Broadband – and how does the Middle East/Gulf compare?
A: A number of regions worldwide have already expressed interest in the development and adoption of mobile broadband for critical users, such as the public safety and security services, transportation and utilities, and so on. In particular of course the passing of a law and assignment of spectrum and budget establishing ‘FirstNet’ as a nationwide public safety mobile broadband service throughout the USA has been a significant catalyst. Plus many other regions including in Europe, Australasia, China and so on are also in the vanguard of these new developments. However some countries in the Middle East have really been leading the way, for example Qatar which already has a fully functional public safety LTE network established, and also the UAE where the regulator has announced spectrum assignments for public safety broadband in the 700 MHz band.
A: I think the Qatar and UAE developments individually highlight what are for me two key learning points for the rest of the world. So firstly: as in Qatar, authorities need to be bold in planning, budgeting and actually getting stuck in to projects which can deliver real operational benefits for the end users of critical mobile broadband. And secondly: as in the UAE, regulators of the world must recognise that critical users have urgent needs for adequate assigned spectrum in suitable bands in which to operate critical mobile broadband in future. With both aspects in play, we could really see some significant socio-economic benefits flow from the global adoption of critical mobile broadband. (more…)