Qatar plans to introduce advanced wireless broadband services for its public safety services based on standard LTE communications technology.
The Ministry of Interior (MOI) of Qatar and Airbus Defence and Space have agreed to build a partnership on the development of a Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) Group Communication over LTE service using the ministry’s existing LTE and professional mobile radio (PMR) communication networks.
The service will be made progressively available to the country’s public safety users (for example police, fire-fighters, ambulances, emergency services). It will offer the ability to stream high-quality video and transport very large data files, while including fundamental Tetra service characteristics like Push to Talk (PTT) and talk group communications.
The most important benefit will be the seamless interoperability of users across existing Tetra and LTE networks and the complete reuse of MOI networks, control room dispatching and resource location applications.
Until now a dedicated Tetra radio communication system was seen as the only viable option for mission-critical voice and – importantly – data communication. Data nowadays needs to be seamlessly available at all times over the whole network, and it must meet stringent security requirements.
The new Tetra Group Communication over LTE solution will be able to deliver information and instructions to people in the field, offering converged group communications services and, for the first time, LTE mobile video, a network of sensors, and broadband data exchanges. Individual voice calls and Short Data Service are also being implemented.