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14 great resources to help evolve your PMR network to broadband

Are you planning to introduce mobile broadband and mobile apps but don't know where to start? Don't worry - these guides and videos will explain how to move towards the broadband future, the smart way. 

Setting the strategy

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There are several options for public safety organisations seeking to implement mobile broadband services. This has led many to ask, what is the best strategy for the broadband evolution?

Let’s be real - existing broadband networks do not yet meet rigid mission-critical requirements. It would not make sense to replace an existing capable public safety network with an alternative that does not meet the critical requirements.

One very cost-effective approach is the hybrid network, with which a public safety organisation can continue with a TETRA or Tetrapol network for mission-critical voice and data and introduce mobile broadband services step-by-step. These services can be based on a dedicated broadband network, commercial services with Secure MVNO, or a combination of the two.

Hybrid network investments add value today, but also offer long-term benefits by forming a bridge between existing narrowband networks and future solutions.

1. Building your critical communications investment strategy

This white paper examines the key questions on the PMR future. Most importantly, what is the best strategy for critical communications investments. Download "How to get more from your TETRA network and build your future, too"

Cover-How-to-get-more-from-your-TETRA-network-and-future-whitepaper-320x420.jpg2. Delivering secure data services for public safety

Secure MVNO, a new mobile data service, allows the PMR operator to provide attractive new services, while also bringing in more revenue. It also safeguards the operator’s future.

Download executive briefing: "Secure data services for public safety - Which role should TETRA operators have?"

3. Taking the first step towards the Tetrapol future

IP migration paves the way to public safety broadband. Find out why migrating to IP is such an important step! Download this detailed guide "Tetrapol IP migration - Ensuring operational efficiency for the next decade"

4. Don't have time for details? Download a quick guide instead: "10 minute guide to mastering Tetrapol IP migration"


Mobile broadband delivered over a hybrid network offers a wealth of new opportunities for public safety organizations and their users, as well as offering a smooth way to introduce broadband and IP services. But how do we get to this new world?

A smooth move towards mobile broadband requires ticking some key boxes. It’s especially important to ensure that the existing TETRA or Tetrapol networks are in a good shape and will be able to provide high quality services for many years to come.

But PMR evolution is not only a question of technology. There are other things to consider when planning a smooth evolution towards the broadband future.

5. Adopting the hybrid network model

Many authorities and public safety organisations would like mobile broadband to be part of their communications. What are the keys to success? Why smooth evolution is better than disruptive migration?  Download executive briefing "How to minimize risks when introducing mission-critical broadband"

6. Hybrid networks are also the way to go for airports. How should an airport move to LTE the professional way? Download the executive briefing and learn how you can secure your investments with a hybrid TETRA and LTE network.

7. What about metro companies? There's an executive briefing for them as well, with expert advice. Download "How to be smart about hybrid TETRA and broadband networks" tailored for metro companies who want to be successful.

8. Planning the introduction of mobile broadband

Pointers for driving and planning the introduction of mobile broadband and mobile apps. Download white paper "How to succeed in PMR evolution - the smart way"

9. What does Quality of Service mean in LTE networks?

Priorities are important for professional radio users. You may want to learn the basics about the topic of prioritization in commercial broadband networks. Download the white paper "Quality of Service in 4G/5G networks" which describes traffic prioritization.  

10. Managing priorities in LTE networks

Can public safety apps ever get more priority in LTE networks than kitty videos? Read this paper and you'll know! Download "Managing priorities in LTE networks" executive briefing.

11. The critical ingredient

Any 4G/5G network is essentially a wireless bit pipe that carries data and provides mobile IP services. To enable critical communications services that meet the needs of users, a service layer is also needed. Download "Critical Communications Service Layer" white paper and learn what is needed to bring mission-critical broadband to life!


Tactilon Dabat - a dual-mode device for TETRA and LTEExecuting

Go one step further and learn how new solutions from Airbus can bring benefits to public safety users - today and in the near future.

12. Tactilon Agnet app brings TETRA group communication to smartphones

Watch this video: Niklas Lagerblom introduces the Tactilon Agnet application that lets you use push-to-talk on a smartphone to communicate in a TETRA talk group.

13. Introducing Tactilon Dabat - a smartphone and full TETRA radio in one device

Watch this video: Mika Myllymäki introduces Tactilon Dabat - the first smartphone with a full TETRA radio inside. It's really a dual-mode device: use it as a smartphone for rich broadband data and use it as a TETRA radio for critical communications.

14. Why Secure MVNO is your next smart move

This white paper helps you understand the Secure MVNO concepts. A correct Secure MVNO solution will allow you to adopt broadband services based on commercial mobile operators’ services while maintaining control of the security of both the communications and the subscribers.

You will need a solution with high security and support for data hungry applications. Download "Why Secure MVNO is your next smart move" white paper: it helps you identify the solution hat meets your needs.