Leonardo accelerates towards 5G with broadband communication solutions for public security and professional markets

12 July 2019 - Leonardo has signed an agreement with Alea, a company specialising in mission critical communication software, for the joint development of multimedia broadband solutions for the public security and professional markets. The announcement was made alongside the Critical Communications World 2019, a landmark event in the professional communications sector ended on 20 June, where Leonardo attended

The solutions developed will leverage the specifications developed by the 3GPP standardisation body for mission critical communications on LTE: voice (MC-PTT: Mission Critical Push-To-Talk), video (MC-Video: Mission Critical Video) and data (MC-Data: Mission Critical Data). They will also contribute to decisively drive future developments towards 5G networks.

The agreement signed is important for the expansion of Leonardo’s portfolio of solutions and services and is part of a strategy of evolution for the professional communications market, characterised by growing demand for narrowband and broadband integrated solutions adhering to international standards. Mobile radios based on the European standard TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) are expected to be the best operational choice for many years to come but the ability to connect to LTE and 5G in future is becoming a must. Leonardo fully understands these additional needs and is able to play a key role in the evolution path towards next generation mission critical mobile services.

Through this agreement, Leonardo confirms its role as a leader in the design, development and supply of new generation services and communication systems for emergency and public safety applications (PPDR - Public Protection and Disaster Relief): from solutions based on TETRA andDMR (Digital Mobile Radio) to those for LTE / 5G networks, from operational rooms for physical and cyber security to advanced multimedia services.

Alea is an innovative Italian SME that boasts decades of experience in developing applications for mission critical communications. The agreement with Leonardo confirms Alea as one of the liveliest companies in the professional communications sector and will allow the company to promote its solutions also in other markets.