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Mexico: Airbus to partner with Nokia on public safety MVNO

Date: 23rd June 2017
Topic: News
Author: Sam Fenwick
Airbus Defence and Space, LTE, Mexico, MVNO, Nokia

Airbus, technology supplier for Mexico’s nationwide mission-critical Tetrapol network IRIS (Red Nacional de Radiocomunicación de Misión Crítica Tetrapol), wants to create the country's first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to specialise in public safety broadband services – Secure MVNO. It will provide the country's fire fighters and police officers with the secure high bandwidth connectivity they need to use multimedia applications on their radios. The company has selected Nokia as its technology partner on the project.

Fred Gallart, head of sales & program delivery Latin America of Secure Land Communications at Airbus, says: “This strategic partnership will be very beneficial for public safety entities at all three levels of government which are already using Mexico’s Red Nacional de Radiocomunicación de Misión Crítica Tetrapol.”

Airbus claims that its cooperation with Nokia will ensure that Mexico's cumulative investments in Tetrapol over the past 17 years keep their value by gradually migrating towards LTE.


Currently, the IRIS network provides an encrypted radiocommunications service to more than 200,000 users, including the federal police, the decentralised administrative agency for prevention and social rehabilitation (OADPRS), the 32 states of the Mexican Republic and around 200 municipalities. The network covers 85 per cent of the population, 75 per cent of roads and 50 per cent of Mexico’s national territory, in some areas offering greater coverage than the country's major mobile networks.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen as Airbus SLC's technology partner for its future service as S-MVNO. Nokia will provide a complete end-to-end solution for public safety, with specialised services such as control room deployment, security, device management and tactical cell deployment. With the national LTE coverage and the next generation Core Network for the shared network, provided by Nokia, Airbus SLC will become the first MVNO specialising in security (S-MVNO)," says Marcelo Entreconti, head of sales at Nokia for Global Enterprises and Public Sector in Latin America. This solution, deployed on the shared network in Mexico, would make Airbus the first mobile virtual broadband operator in the country specialising in public safety broadband services (Secure MVNO).

This article was amended on 3/07/17 to address an issue with Marcelo Entreconti's quote originating from the source material.


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