Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Need for Suitable Spectrum for Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR)

Public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) in general implies public safety services that include immediate and rapid assistance in conditions where there is a direct risk to person’s life or limb, individual or public health or safety, to private or public property. These services include; however not limited to police, fire and emergency Medical services. The spectrum needs for PPDR have been rising steadily over the past few years. Globally the PPDR usage is dependent on frequency bands which are limited So this calls for solutions to appropriately allocation frequency for the broadband PPDR spectrum.

The World Radio communication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) is scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2nd to 27th November 2015, in which one of the major decisions to be taken relates to the allocation of suitable frequencies for broadband PPDR segment. As per industry experts, the 700 MHz is the best choice globally.

Big Market Research has recently added a report titled “Public safety spectrum and systems - Which pathways to broadband PPDR networks”. The report considers the different scenarios relating to the allocation of spectrum to PPDR broadband market to increase its benefits and lessen its cost. The report makes an in depth analysis of the spectrum allocation of the PPDR allocations and lays down the list of potential bands to be used commercially. The report also makes a comprehensive analysis of the business models of the various PPDR service providers and their winning strategies. 

The ideal spectrum for PPDR is the sub-1 GHz spectrum. This spectrum is already being used extensively by the military and the broadcasting industry and the mobile industry would reap numerous commercial benefits from using this band of spectrum. The industry leaders are making concerted efforts for the harmonisation PPDR technology by applying Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology which has long-term commercial benefits.

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