Networks, a market leader in delivering 4G LTE broadband networking
solutions, made a filing today at the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA) in response to a Notice of Inquiry on
network design and business plan considerations for the First Responder
Network Authority (FirstNet).
NTIA sought comments on a conceptual network architecture, named the
FirstNet Nationwide Network (FNN). FirstNet will use the inputs to shape
efforts for the interoperable public safety broadband network, to be
established under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act.
Oceus Networks made recommendations for enhancing the FNN proposal to
"future proofing" the network to accommodate current public safety
requirements and critical future needs, including those in less
developed wireless markets. Oceus Networks recommended that local and
state public safety agencies be given some degree of control over how
services and applications are provisioned and used on the network in
their jurisdiction. Oceus Networks also asked NTIA to clarify a strong
positive ole for federal government users who will also be dependent on
the network to meet first responder requirements.
Oceus Networks offered proposed enhancements to the FNN Proposal that
will help achieve three objectives to serve first responders: (1)
Increasing network resilience by disaggregating key components closer to
public safety users; (2) Promoting the use and adoption of the network
by state and local public safety entities through more local autonomous
control; and (3) Encouraging more widespread use of the network,
specifically by federal public safety users and secondary users.
In its filing, Oceus Networks stated: "The reliability and availability
of the network for public safety users would be better served by placing
many core capabilities as close to cell-sites as possible. This
architecture builds resiliency into the system by enabling continuous
operation if access to the FirstNet core is disabled, as could be the
case in a natural disaster or terrorist attack."
Oceus Networks recommended that greater reliance on small cell
deployments would improve in-building coverage. Oceus Networks also
proposed ways to reach underserved areas of certain rural and small
markets that may not otherwise have access to 4G LTE services from
existing carriers. "To achieve operational capability as quickly as
possible, these markets require the ability to deploy fill-in network
components that are more flexible than that of a traditional fixed
terrestrial system," Oceus Networks wrote. Factors proposed for FirstNet
consideration to reduce the cost for these areas includes use of
low-cost micro cores with distributed Home Subscriber Server and the
ability to work with multiple Radio Access Network vendors.
About Oceus Networks
Oceus Networks provides broadband solutions to governments and industry
that enable them to deliver high-speed voice, video and data
communications. The company delivers open, standards-based mobile and
fixed network infrastructure as well as an extensive portfolio of public
sector-focused solutions to simplify and expedite the deployment of
wired and wireless broadband communications solutions. Oceus Networks is
a U.S. company with headquarters in Reston, Virginia, with labs in
Reston and Plano, Texas. Visit www.oceusnetworks.com
to learn more.
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