Mission accomplished for the EU-funded flagship project taking the first step towards future procurement of interoperable next generation of broadband radio communication systems for public safety and security!

The EU flagship project BroadMap is coming to an end now. The one-year project, which started back in May 2016, has gathered Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) organisations from 15 European countries (Member States and associated countries) to work together to establish a common roadmap for future evolution of EU PPDR radio communications.

The BroadMap project features in the February issue of the DG CONNECT Newsletter on Innovation Procurement. This Newsletter informs a wide range of interested stakeholders about the latest developments in terms of innovation procurement at EU level, and in particular the progresses and outcomes of EU-funded Pre-Commercial Procurements. 

In the course of a panel debate on the involvement and the role of practitioners in Horizon 2020 projects, held in the last SMIIG meeting, David Lund presented the case of the BroadMap project which gathers 15 practitioners from a wide variety of countries across Europe (including 8 Ministries of Interior) and which is successfully preparing the PPDR’s wireless broadband communication requirements, the specifications as well as the roadmap for procurement. He explained the steps for having practitioners on board: start early to build your consortium and facilitate the administrative management.

Future BroadBand for Europe - Final BroadMap Stakeholder Workshop - 6 April 2017, Brussels
80 participants confirmed so far to discuss the future of broadband in Europe!

The BroadMap consortium would like to announce that the registration are OPEN for the Final BroadMap Workshop, to be held on 6 April 2017 in Brussels, Belgium!

On 26 January, BroadMap participated in a workshop co-organised by the EU FP7 projects SecInCoRe, EPISECC, SECTOR, and REDIRNET, in association with PSCE, the Centre for Mobilities Research and the University of Lancaster under the auspices of the 9th Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference.

We are pleased to announce the publication of a paper addressing the need to review EU policy regarding Mission Critical Telecommunications, taking into account requirements for public safety communications.

On 09/02, Mr David Lund  and Ms Sanja Holen presented the project BroadMap in front of a crowded audience at the Critical Communications Europe conference in Copenhagen. The presentation was entitled “BROADMAP – an update from the pan-European research project” and generated a lot of interest in the audience which punctuated the presentation with a number of very interesting questions. Overall, this further illustrated the widespread interest in the EU funded PPDR broadband project. 

On 4 January 2017, AT&T Mobility, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies announced their joint plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the expected 5G New Radio (NR) specifications. The 5G NR specifications are currently being developed by a global standard development organisation, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The trials will support operation in millimetre Wave (mmWave) spectrum and aim to enhance commercial deployments in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands. In the trials, the companies intend to showcase new 5G NR mmWave technologies that utilise wide bandwidths available at these higher frequency bands to increase network capacity and expect to achieve multi-Gigabit-per-second data rates.

The availability of high-speed broadband Internet and access to digital service infrastructures are the elementary units of a digital single market, allowing communication, services and business to grow -allowing areas such as e-commerce and e-government to exploit their full potential.