Will broadband change critical communication?
Ericsson showcased critical broadband solutions for mission critical and private networks at the TCCA/BAPCO 2019 event in Coventry UK.
Critical communications providers still use a lot of narrowband, and their voyage into the world of mobile broadband has just started. End users are demanding streaming video and other services requiring mobile broadband for a richer content.
There is a lot of focus on the future with 5G in this area. With low latency and edge computing, 5G will make new use cases possible, such as the use of VR and AR glasses to enable remote expertise in a control room, or while first responders like police, fire fighters and ambulance services on their way to the site to be part of an ongoing major incident.
Ericsson participated in the 2019 Critical Communications Europe exhibition in Coventry UK March 12-13. It is a smaller event compared to MWC (but what is not...?). Still, there were close to 100 exhibitors, including big companies, like Ericsson, Samsung and Motorola, together with small niche players not part of our traditional ecosystem.
For traditional telco guys it is a different world - for our team it is what we do.
Our own Manuel Ruiz delivered a speech on Enabling Critical Broadband for Industries.
The message was on how we provide critical broadband capabilities to enable public safety operators and enterprise customers leveraging mobile operator's existing assets.
Great to see that some of the slides were obviously very interesting – quite a few in the audience took pictures!
Visitors showed great interest in our two demos: Enabling Mission Critical Services (like push to talk, eMBMS) and Critical Broadband for Industries showcasing flexible deployment solutions for the verticals. People from service providers as well as end users such as police officers kept coming and our business builders have not had much rest.