British APCO requirements to assure Mission Critical

British APCO requirements to
assure Mission Critical
Communications & Harmonised
Spectrum for interoperability of
UK Public Safety Responders
Michele Wakefield: BAPCO Senior Spectrum Consultant, FCS Deputy Chair
April 1st 2014
British APCO supports HM Government 4G Emergency Services Network (ESN)
initiative via the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme
To share resources at a reduced cost
BAPCO seeks guarantees :
SHORT TERM assured mission critical voice
LONG TERM additional spectrum capacity and harmonisation
To safeguard that Public Safety requirements are met at the time of need
Future needs of UK Public Safety users for
mission critical voice, data & spectrum
BAPCOs ‘4Cs’ model
LEWPs 8 PS ‘data’ categories drive demand
Video Streaming
Situational Awareness
Facial Recognition
Patient Record Access
M2M data collection/sharing & telemetry
Picture information collection/distribution
Remote admin/management
Automated control systems data exchange
One-off Harmonised Spectrum Opportunity
Harmonised 700MHz with second Digital Dividend coming
Depends on decisions of WRC-15 Mobile use & Digital TV Clearance (2018+)
700MHz Advantages of shared spectral efficiency, economical rural/in-building coverage
and interoperability of infrastructure, terminals and devices
Other alternatives do not offer same level of confidence
DCMS claims ESMCP favours 800MHz currently allocated to commercial MNOs: WIK-Consult
recommends PS broadband needs cannot be met by relying exclusively on commercial networks as
they are currently installed [Need for PPDR Broadband Spectrum in bands below 1GHz, Oct 2013]
 Henley Business School estimates £1.6Bn socioeconomic cost for 1% reduction in network service
availability [Benefits of mission-critical mobile broadband to UK Police Service, J JJohur, 2013]
Insufficient 400MHz for effective European broadband market
DCMS no preference if managed flexibly & anticipates sufficient spectrum > 1GHz (e.g. HD streaming)
Perhaps a combination of high and low frequencies for optimum capacity and coverage?
Sufficient 700MHz spectrum for secure,
resilient Public Safety broadband services
ETSI & CEPT recommend a minimum of 2x10MHz based on user needs [ECC report
Excludes capacity for voice, Air-to-Ground, DMO, ProSe
DMO is under evaluation by the Spectrum Policy Group according to DCMS
LSE claim £5Bn annual socio-economic benefits of 2x10MHz or up to £1.1Bn one-off
auction revenue to HM Government
DCMS Spectrum Strategy & UK position is for flexible deployment of sufficient
spectrum for Public Safety
Allows economies of scale and innovation also for machine-to-machine, white space, PMSE
Measureable licence terms (coverage, availability, resilience) & follow-on contract terms
Exclusive use paid according to the public/social value of the spectrum (in progress)
British APCO proposals to meet the needs
Short term parallel running of TETRA & LTE or interim service to assure MC voice
such as pre-standards Huaweii eLTE solution
Overcomes risk of 3GPP standards not implemented in time of ESN e.g. push-to-talk or
accomodated in ESMCPs LOTs e.g. direct-mode
Supported by key performance indicators, monitoring/control
 4G/LTE operational performance requires extensive testing to prove
Long term assurance of sufficient control over Public Safety use of spectrum
Market guarantees to deliver the ‘4Cs’ however ESN is provisioned
Supported by Ofcom spectrum licence condition(s) and/or ESMCP service-level-agreements
under Government control
Support of TCCA, FCS, BT, Motorola Solutions, Selex, Ericsson, Airwave, RUSI, Raynet
BAPCO believes in two key requirements for Public Safety Responders:
Short term assured mission critical voice defined for & provided by ESN platform
Long term identification and management of sufficient harmonised spectrum
with Public Safety conditions
2014 H1 is critical timing for ESCMPs procurement & WRC-15 country positioning
to meet BAPCOs requirements
A clear joined-up approach is needed in-country and neighbours to ensure future
proofing for the next 20 years for BAPCO & Public Safety responders
Thank you !