Ericsson to provide private LTE for UN peacekeepers

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The United Nations (UN) has selected Ericsson to supply peacekeeping missions around the globe with their own private LTE networks providing mission-critical communications capabilities.

Alongside partner Danoffice IT, Ericsson will lead the implementation of mission-critical LTE networking equipment as well as professional services and training. The LTE networking equipment is from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including the vendor’s Mini-Link microwave backhaul solution and Cloud Packet Core.

Ericsson says its mission-critical LTE network solution – which features push-to-talk capabilities, data and video capabilities, specifically designed for professional use – will improve existing communications by providing stable, secure, and future-proof mobile broadband services for peacekeeping troops, often operating in tough geographical terrain and conditions.

Currently there are 14 peacekeeping operations around the world led by the UN. These missions typically have permission to use radio spectrum for planning, coordination and implementation of their activities. The first live UN Private LTE networks are expected to be up and running in 2019.

By using standardized LTE communications, UN peacekeeping troops will have a cost-effective way to add new digital broadband services, such as HD video for real-time situational awareness, mobile positioning and cellular IoT, including asset management and connected logistics solutions, said Helena Norrman, senior VP and head of group function marketing & corporate relations at Ericsson.

“The digitalization through broadband that is driving so much development for business and society also has great potential in peacebuilding and humanitarian response,” Norrman said.

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