The federal government announced an agreement for the creation of a new Integrated National Radiocommunication Network, the road through which all communications in matters of public security from federal agencies such as the National Guard and the Defense and Navy secretariats will circulate.
On November 30 of this year, the agreement that gives rise to this process was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, which includes the creation of a commission - headed by the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection - that will be responsible for coordinating and follow up on the actions to create this network as well as to define the policies, technical guidelines, action plan, design and specifications.
What the federal government seeks with this process is to achieve interoperability between the radiocommunication networks of the agencies and entities of the Federal Public Administration with the establishment of agreements and, thus, operate under open, safe and efficient standards, this wants In other words, it is open to the free competition of the providers of this type of services.
One of them is TETRA, which has been in Mexico for more than 20 years offering radio communication services to public security entities. In an interview with Animal Político, Fred Gallart, CEO for Mexico and Latin America of Secure Land Communications, TETRA business unit, affirms that they celebrate the start of this process and declare themselves ready to compete.
"What is important about the agreement is that it gives the commission total freedom to define the guidelines of this new network," he assures.
According to Gallart, this agreement will allow the Mexican government to implement the guidelines, order, control and plans for the creation of a new network that will improve operations at any level of public security in the country, specifically in terms of radio communication, since in the Today is one of the most complex issues to address, which is why, he said, it is essential to build and contribute, each from their own trenches, so that it is not a barrier, but rather an impetus for the growth and development of a safer Mexico and the par with the first world countries in terms of population care.
“Although the guidelines have not been published and the agreement mentions that it will be within a maximum period of 150 days, the document already presents several opportunities, for example, it will be possible to offer broadband solutions in the open 3GPP standard for critical communications in the field. of public safety.
“Critical broadband communications solutions under open standards are already a reality in the United States and it is the world trend in the matter; In Mexico, since the beginning of 2019, our secure broadband solution MXLINK has been operating, which provides national multi-operator coverage and can also interoperate with standard Tetra, P25 and RNR radio technologies, ”he adds.
At present, he added, this technology has already been operating in Querétaro for more than a year with excellent results, while Jalisco and Chihuahua have recently incorporated it. In Mexico City, the Tlalpan mayor's office and the CDMX Water System (SACMEX) already operate with our secure broadband communication platform. It remains to wait for the guidelines to participate with the federal government for the creation of this new network. Meanwhile, we will continue to build alliances with states and municipalities to improve their communication infrastructure in citizen service , he added.
TETRA IN MEXICO
Grupo TETRA is a global company with 50 years in the market and one of the most important in the Aviation, Defense and Space business segments. It has been present in Mexico for more than 30 years.
TETRA generates more than 700 direct jobs and 5,000 indirect jobs in the country through its supply chain, allowing almost 100 Mexican companies to export through their supply chains.
“TETRA Secure Land Communications has been a strategic ally of the Mexican State since 1998, responsible for the supply, attention, maintenance and updating of the technological infrastructure of the National Radiocommunication Network (RNR) that provides mission-critical communications services for the entities of public safety in the 32 states, at least until the year 2035, with a coverage of 100 percent of the country's capitals, 92 percent of the population, 75 percent of the roads.
“Its construction since 1999 has represented for the Mexican State a historic investment of around 19,000 million pesos, from federal funds for public safety during 21 years of service. More than a relationship, it has become a strategic alliance that has aimed at the development and modernization of the country, ”he says.
A NEW NETWORK
With the agreement for the creation of a new Integrated National Radio Communication Network, Gallart explained, opportunities will come for federal entities that must have new broadband technologies. If the guidelines defined by the new commission are to implement a new narrow band network, it will take at least 4 years of implementation to reach the capacity that is now available in the current RNR and as long as the necessary resources are allocated for such end. If the government's priority is for Sedena, Semar and the National Guard to have more responsibilities, the way to implement a narrowband network will be a time-consuming and costly process at all levels.
"The future is that police, firefighters or any element dedicated to safeguarding the population, have smart devices, tablets, in which they can integrate latest generation applications, take advantage of new technologies under a secure environment, end-to-end encryption and with priority access for difficult situations, such as an earthquake.
"MXLINK's secure broadband allows it to be deployed quickly and in a scalable way, without investing in infrastructure that will later have to be maintained," he says.
For this reason, Gallart reiterates that they celebrate the agreement published on November 30 as it promotes free competition, following up on this possibility, since currently both states and municipalities are free to choose the radio communication provider that best suits their needs, it is even a constitutionally protected right.
“I understand a monopoly as the forced implementation for states and municipalities of some technology that only works with the infrastructure and equipment of a single supplier, which makes it impossible for the entire sector to participate in the corresponding tenders as they are preconceived for said operation. This is definitely not the case for TETRA in three decades of presence in Mexico, and we consider it as an undesired scenario for the country ”, he concludes.