German Federation Wants To Establish Its Own LTE Network For Police Radio

- Jan 03, 2019-

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The German federal government wants to build its own broadband police radio network using the previously used radio frequencies. The Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben (BDBOS), which is part of the federal government, has registered this requirement in the 450 MHz band to establish its own broadband data radio network. These frequencies have so far been used by network operators Deutsche Telekom and Alliander. Their license will expire at the end of 2020.


BDBOS operates a nationwide digital radio network for police, customs, civil defense, fire brigade and rescue services. However, its technology is optimized for voice and is not fast enough for modern multimedia applications, extensive data query or messenger services. Therefore, emergency services must be switched to smartphones for regular use. “So, together with the Federal Ministry of Defence, we strongly advocate that the Security Department and the Bundeswehr will have sufficient, shareable spectrum in the 450 MHz range,” said Barbara Held, Director of Network Operations at BDBOS.


The agency said that one option is to operate a hybrid network in the future to enable security forces to communicate with hybrid voice and data radios. At the end of November, officials of Airbus, Motorola Solutions and Sepura and other equipment manufacturers who participated in the fair just signed the necessary combination radio.


The federal government plans to build its own broadband network within 450 MHz, a plan that is largely questioned by the energy industry. In the circle of energy suppliers, rumors: "The police have a network, we have nothing."


Some network operators, such as EWE of Weser-Eames and RheinEnergie of Rhineland, are using this band because it can control its grid and emergency communications for good power in large communities and buildings. In addition to BDBOS, the Federal Energy and Water Industry Association, on behalf of its members of the federal network, said it would continue to use these frequencies.