Nokia recognised as leader in 4G-based public safety technology


Nokia has been selected by market intelligence provider Current Analysis as the No.1 vendor for the delivery of technologies “beyond 4G” in a study compiled by 100 service provider executives around the globe. The results cited public safety as a key priority for 4G application, with Nokia also seen globally as the leading vendor, by far, of 4G-based public safety technology.

The Current Analysis study, Carrier Investment Plans For Evolving Today’s 4G networks Towards A 5G Future, is intended to highlight the leading priorities of telecommunications operators over the next five years. Operators were asked to rank the use cases they planned to support as 4G technology evolves and rated the application of 4G for public safety as the number one example.

The study reveals that Nokia is seen as a clear leader in the public safety space, being named number one by a wide margin. Nokia has worked with a variety of public safety agencies to deploy 4G LTE technology in support of applications such as real-time video communications between first responders and command centers, as well as vehicle tracking and broadband connections to allow teams to quickly and securely obtain and share detailed information in emergency situations.

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Nokia has a wealth of public safety experience, working with customers in the public safety space for 60 years. The company deployed 4G LTE technology for the New Jersey Public Safety broadband network, supporting the high security and high-quality demands of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Philadelphia. Last week Nokia announced that it will deploy a 5G-ready next generation network to deliver mission-critical smart city services for Nedaa, the Government of Dubai agency and Professional Communication Corporation.

Nokia’s commitment to public safety is underlined by its leadership in 4G LTE technology, which offers the high bandwidth and reliability required for mission-critical operations, coupled with its strong position in the market for Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS), optical and packet microwave transport technologies essential for the data backbone that underlie radio access networks. In collaboration with other industry leaders, the company also offers a rich variety of multimedia tools, devices and applications for first responders and other personnel.

Peter Jarich, Vice President, Consumer and Infrastructure, Current Analysis said: “Given the costs involved, few public safety agencies will be able to fund the rollout of a robust communications network on their own; they will look to service providers for help in leveraging existing networks and network assets.  It’s not surprising, then, that the rollout of public safety networks is uppermost in the minds of operators now.  Where NFV and IoT will play a role in the development of public safety networks – offering new efficiencies, lower latency and the enhanced connectivity needed to ensure the highest level of situational awareness for emergency first responder teams – it’s also not surprising that Nokia is seen as a leader in this space, backed by a comprehensive ecosystem to meet their needs.”