Finnish authorities prepare for emergency services LTE

Finnish public safety communications prioritisation has been tested on a commercial 4G network in anticipation of the eventual incorporation of broadband technology into the country’s emergency services operations.

According to a statement released by Finnish authorities, the test took place in a ‘genuine operational environment’, with participants including the State Security Networks Group (which owns the country’s TETRA system, Virve), telecoms company Elisa, Nokia and the Helsinki Police.

Speaking of the test, a spokesperson for State Security Networks Group said: “Implementation of critical communications services using commercial operators’ mobile networks requires stability and service continuity.

“Prioritisation of public safety communications over other traffic - as well as access to services during network congestion - are prerequisites for the use of commercial mobile networks by public safety agencies for critical communication.”

Chairman of the TCCA’s critical communications broadband group Tero Pesonen said: “It is very good to see the broadband industry, MNOs and public safety operators testing key 4G network capabilities together.

"This all adds up to a common understanding of how networks work, how they need to be configured, and what the impacts are to operational procedures. It also contributes to the identification of potential legal restrictions.

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