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Mission-critical communication for UN peacekeepers

UN peacekeepers work in some of the toughest and most dangerous places in the world, going where others cannot or will not go. The purpose of UN Peacekeeping is to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. The UN is currently running 14 ongoing missions around the world with over 100,000 peacekeepers engaged. Their primary tasks are protecting civilian populations, helping to prevent conflict, reducing violence and strengthening overall security.

Ensuring reliable communication

We all know from personal experience how important reliable network communication is to our ability to work effectively, and the frustration and stress we feel when the network we rely on is unstable or not working properly. Understandably, the need for reliable network communication is exponentially more important in crisis and conflict situations of the sort that UN peacekeepers deal with on a daily basis.

The United Nations recently selected Ericsson to supply peacekeeping missions around the globe with private LTE networks to provide mission-critical communications capabilities. By standardizing their communications in this way, the UN is ensuring that peacekeeping troops have the latest communications systems as well as making it possible to add new digital broadband services. The first live UN private LTE networks are expected to be up and running in 2019.

What is a private LTE network?

A private LTE network is an Ericsson solution that provides international organizations, governments and industries with mobile broadband solutions both for people and devices (i.e. Internet of Things) and is built on the Ericsson Radio System. Together with the latest mission-critical push-to-talk, data and video capabilities, private LTE networks are specifically designed for professional use to enrich communications by enabling the full multimedia experience.

Keeping families strong

On top of the value that the private LTE networks will bring to the peacekeepers’ work, it will also make it much easier for them to stay in touch with their loved ones back home. Having lived on separate sides of the planet from my wife and children for a couple of years, I know how important it is to be able to see, talk to and send messages to family and friends. Knowing all is well back home is key to being able to do a good job and focus on the tasks at hand. I cannot even imagine how crucial this would be if I had been in a less secure and/or conflict-stricken area.

I am so proud to work for the company that will provide UN peacekeepers with communication. It’s fantastic to see the way in which everyone who has gotten involved in the project so far has become personally touched by it. UN Peacekeeping does such profound and important work in the world, and it’s an honor for us to play a role in supporting them to do it.

Find out more about the benefits of Ericsson mission critical communications.

Written by Mats Pellbäck Scharp

Mats Pellbäck Scharp is Head of Sustainability at Ericsson, focusing on integrating sustainability into the business offering through a circular economy approach. Mats leads a team that drives product energy performance, product takeback, design and substance/materials selection. He also manages customer engagements in the area of sustainability and corporate responsibility, and serves as the sustainability team’s interface to the other functions and business areas within the company.

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