How a hybrid TETRA and broadband network helps you avoid risks

Published: 3 Nov 2017
Author: Tapio Mäkinen
Reading time: 5 min

Today, you may have a TETRA network which you and the users are happy with. Chances are, you may still be looking for ways to complement its voice and narrowband data with new mobile applications on smart devices.

Are you worried about the continuity of your current communications? Do you want to avoid four particular risks?

Good news is, complementing TETRA with LTE / broadband can take you into the future with the lowest risk. There are 50 powerful reasons to want to adopt such hybrid solutions.

See where you can lower your risk levels with TETRA, even where you can take advantage of broadband professionally.

1. What if there isn't enough development?

Today’s TETRA systems are feature-rich, developed for mission-critical users. You can get a great system with no early-stage glitches so investing in a TETRA network poses a very low risk that way.

Furthermore, you can trust that TETRA technology will be further developed and supported for a long time. For example, the big public safety networks in Norway and Germany have just recently been rolled out. In addition, the public safety network in Netherlands is undergoing a complete renewal – from one vendor’s TETRA network to another vendor’s TETRA network.

Police using Tactilon Dabat in Germany

2. What if worse comes to worst?

Your organizations need reliable communications to be able to perform their duties. It would be a nightmare for them (and for you) to adopt a new system that would perform badly. And the nightmare might continue with “growth pains” such as a series of software fixes or updates or overall unreliability.

Rescue operations at a harbour

The only way to avoid this risk is to choose a tried and tested system. TETRA is the choice when you need to be prepared for a worst case scenario where hundreds of radio users are actively communicating within a very small area. A serious incident would be such a scenario.

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3. What if operational needs aren't met?

Broadband technologies bring great new opportunities such as video and images adding value to group communications. These new additions mean new processes – and creating those takes time and requires competence and experience. Using a proven system in parallel with the complementary one offers the lowest risk for your operations. New ways of working are best developed as the systems are used together.

TETRA users are satisfied with the reliable service. Most of them are more than satisfied – they consider the radio as a tool that they could not go without. It is therefore important to ensure the continuity of this service.

4. What is the right choice?

If you are worried about making the right choice, here’s more good news: it doesn’t need to be a choice between the two technologies. You can go hybrid.

Choose the hybrid approach and you will be able to benefit from your already made investments in TETRA, and you don’t have to throw out the chance of adopting broadband solutions. Use TETRA and LTE together and bring new multimedia services and professional apps into use sooner and more securely.

The best way to lower your risks for the future is to choose strong, critical communications over broadband - and use them to complement your TETRA communications. Build a hybrid network. Why? Download an eBook which gives you 50 powerful reasons you will want to do so:

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And if you want to know more about hybrid solutions that are your transformation path to mission-critical broadband and mobile apps, you need to study this ultimate guide to hybrid solutions.


Editor's note: This blog post was updated in January 2021 to be more comprehensive and relevant.

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