TETRA devices to support LTE and WiMAX

The PMR (Pubic Mobile Radio) standard TETRA has received a boost following the announcement that Samsung and the French-based defence contractor, Thales, are to jointly develop and market a 4G based PMR platform for use by public safety and security organisations.

The two firms said that this move would see the first TETRA devices capable of supporting both mobile WiMAX and LTE. A Thales exec added that, by taking advantage of this new technology, its public sector customers would now be able to improve services such as video surveillance, multimedia data transmission while reducing the cost for network deployment and operation.

The development is said to offer full compatibility with existing PMR networks, with Thales using its high speed PMR TeMax system, to which Samsung's radio technology has now been added.

"This unique and innovative integration of 4G technologies and TETRA will make more advanced and efficient communications under guaranteed security. Also, it will be a significant step further to expand addressable markets," said Woonsub Kim, exec VP and head of the telecommunication systems business at Samsung.

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