Ericsson demonstrated its own Mission-Critical PTT (Push-to-Talk) solution at Milipol 2017, a homeland security exhibition held in Paris, France. MCPTT is the first and most important functionality under the Group Radio umbrella offering designed to address both business and mission-critical use cases.
Together with Ericsson’s wider mission-critical LTE and 5G portfolio, Group Radio enables mobile network operators and partners to target growth opportunities in many industries from public safety to private enterprise. Group Radio will also support a variety of deployment models, from private networks to commercial mobile networks.
Mobile network operators and end-customers such as governments, NGOs and industries have been supporting the specification of this Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk functionality in 3GPP standards. Ericsson – a major player – is now able to offer these services to customers as requested.
Peter Gundersen, Senior Product Manager, Mission-Critical PTT Services, Ericsson, says: “As a trusted partner to operators and governments around the world, Ericsson helps identify communication needs and deploy solutions before disasters unfold. Our technologies ensure mobile-network services can be prioritized in critical times. We connect public, transport, and other city-based communications with emergency services and homeland security agencies.”
Next-generation push-to-talk is a key component of emerging LTE-based public safety agency solutions. This technology will complement the mission-critical capabilities provided by the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks that agencies depend on today, and expand those networks to a greater number of users carrying smartphones and other devices.
With MCPTT, governments are better able to safeguard society and save lives in times of crisis. For mobile network operators, this solution enables them to win new business by catering to critical communication needs of governments and industries.