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 Introduction British APCO supports HM Government 4G Emergency Services Network (ESN) initiative via the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) 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 199] 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 Summary BAPCO believes in two key requirements for Public Safety Responders: 1. Short term assured mission critical voice defined for & provided by ESN platform 2. 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 !
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