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COAI & Nokia Organize Webinar on Growth of Digital Communications

COAI and Nokia have organized a special webinar session to discuss the issues, challenges and solutions for communications to be provided for Mission Critical Services.

COAIThis event brought forward some key issues on this crucial subject, like India in recent months witnessed multiple requirements for Public Protection and Disaster Management(PPDR) that included, in addition to routine police work, the pandemic, mass migration to villages and also various cyclones in different parts of the country.

Commenting on the subject of the webinar, SP Kochhar, Director General, COAI said “Keeping in mind the developments in wireless broadband technologies such as LTE, it is time we exploit these to enhance the efficiencies of the current communications infrastructure of PPDR agencies to enable them to use digital tools to meet the evolving needs of public safety and emergency communication, such as access to instant messaging, high-quality images and video, mapping and location services, remote control of robots, and other applications.”

Adding further and sharing his views  Randeep Raina, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia said “The current PPDR network infrastructure is unable to have seamless communication and information sharing among the PPDR agencies. This is because their networks are either not inter-operable or they are just not compatible with each other. India’s National Digital Communications Policy 2018 stresses enhancing PPDR and establishing a Pan- India network for PPDR. To overcome current challenges, LTE for public safety network brings many advantages and provides a host of services like IoT, Video streaming and is also scalable. LTE also promises interoperability, security with installed encryption on the application level and is also suitable to support a large ecosystem. We understand India wants to adopt LTE but spectrum availability is an issue, so we hope all stakeholders work in this direction to adopt new technologies.”

The webinar witnessed the welcome note by SP Kochhar, DG, COAI followed by the presentation of Marc Balliet, Public Sector Solutions (Enterprise), Global, Nokia on LTE for Mission Critical Services.

The online event also had a panel discussion on the issue with the participation of experts on the subject including Pranav Jha, Professor, IIT Bombay, Brig. Ajay Gangwar, Advisor, Operations and Communications, NDMA, and Randeep Raina, CTO, Nokia.


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