Ericsson to deliver private 5G network to UN peacekeepers

ericssonThe United Nations has selected Ericsson, communications service providers, to supply peacekeeping missions around the globe with their own LTE networks providing mission-critical communications capabilities

The first live UN Private LTE networks are expected to run in 2019.

Alongside partner Danoffice IT ApS, an IT company, 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 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including the MINI-LINK microwave backhaul solution, in combination with Ericsson Cloud Packet Core.

Ericsson stated that the LTE network will significantly improve existing communications by providing stable, secure, and future-proof mobile broadband services for peacekeeping troops, often operating in tough geographical terrain and conditions.

Together with the latest mission-critical push-to-talk, data and video capabilities, specifically designed for professional use, communications will be enriched to embody the full multimedia experience, said the company.

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 company also said that by standardising their communications in this way, the UN ensures peacekeeping troops will have the latest communications systems as well as a cost-effective way to add new digital broadband services, such as HD video for real-time situational awareness, mobile positioning and cellular Internet of Things (IoT), including asset management and connected logistics solutions.

Helena Norrman, senior vice-president and head of Group Function Marketing and Corporate Relations, Ericsson said, “The digitalisation through broadband that is driving so much development for business and society also has great potential in peacebuilding and humanitarian response. We are proud to now be a supplier to the UN system providing communications capabilities that are crucial to their important work.”


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