Nokia recently announced that its 7705 SAR-Hmc wireless service aggregation router has been certified for use on FirstNet. FirstNet is a nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform that has been created in a public-private partnership between the federal government and AT&T. It supports communication for more than 13 thousand public safety agencies and organisations across the United States.
The FirstNet certifies 7705 SAR-Hmc supports small grid distribution automation and other fixed vehicle-mounted applications. It merges IP/MPLS (Multi-protocol Label Switching) fast packet switching with the secure and interoperable FirstNet network to deliver resilient wireless network services.
The certification procedure is a tedious one. The product to be certified has to go through several tests for security, durability, network impact, and many other reasons. Such procedures are done so that consumers can be certain that the product meets the highest standards for reliability, performance, and so on.
Brenda Kittila, Vice President, FirstNet Operations at AT&T, said: “FirstNet devices and modules go through an extensive review so that first responders can be confident that Nokia’s 7705 SAR-Hmc meets our highest standards for reliability, security, and performance. The more tools public safety has access to on their network, the more we can help them achieve their mission.”
Ricky Corker, President of Customer Operations for Americans at Nokia, said: “Keeping first responders and critical infrastructure connected during a crisis keeps all of us safer. We have purpose-built our 7705 SAR-Hmc for smart grid modernisation and it is proven in the utility market. With our FirstNet Ready router, we can now provide secure wireless access to FirstNet across the United States for public safety, the utility industry, and state, local, and federal government agencies.”
The Finland-based company is positioned to benefit from copper and fiber deployments of passive optical networking. It also expanded its IP routing business into the data center market. Nokia also wishes to expand its business into targeted, high-growth, and high margin vertical markets to address opportunities beyond its primary markets. The company is aiming to accelerate its product roadmaps and cost competitiveness through additional 5G investments in 2020.