Government agencies join CCW 2023


Intended to enable networking and best practice sharing between government organisations from across the world, The Government Authorities Global Village is a dedicated space for representatives of national critical communications projects to come together to discuss ideas, challenges and best practice.

The Government Authorities Global Village (GAGV) brings governments and operators together, enabling them to meet with each other, fostering a spirit of collaboration across international borders. It facilitates knowledge sharing and benchmarking, while at the same time enabling organisations to shout about the great work that they have carried out so far.

CCW 2023 host nation Finland will be joined by Denmark, Norway and Sweden at this year’s GAGV. All of these countries face similar challenges and all will be coming together in Helsinki to celebrate the spirit of ‘Success in Cooperation’. The GAGV will also welcome several other countries, one of the most interesting of these is Canada, which, led by an Ontario-based user group, is in the process of one of the most interesting mission-critical comms rollouts taking place across the globe. Established in 2019, the idea behind the project, according to the Canadian Public Safety Broadband Network Innovation Alliance’s executive director, is to: “Establish public/private partnerships across all levels of government, critical infrastructure providers, innovation hubs, and private organisations, both in and out of the tech space.”

Also present will be Australia, which also boasts one of the most forward-looking user groups in the world, as exemplified by the New South Wales Telco Association. As visitors to Critical Communications World in Vienna last year will remember, one of the highlight presentations was delivered by NSW Telco’s MD, Kylie de Courteney, who discussed not only public safety comms strategy in that part of the world, but also presented nothing less than a vision for the whole sector.

Discussing the importance of the GAGV and its place in the CCW ecosystem, TCCA CEO Kevin Graham said: “As was the case last year, the GAGV will be a crucial part of the 2023 iteration of Critical Communications World. We know from talking to attendees that a lot of new and strong relationships were forged last time, and we don’t expect Helsinki to be any different.

“It is a truly pivotal time for the industry, particularly in relation to ongoing discussions relating to the rollout of mission-critical broadband. The GAGV is there to circulate best practice around the world, thereby helping to drive the discussion – and the sector – into the future. Fostering such collaboration and co-operation is crucial in sustaining innovation and aggregating scale globally to meet critical industry needs.”

We are looking forward to welcoming government agencies from around the world, including Finland's Suomen Erillisverkot -konserni, Australia's NSW Telco Authority, Norway's Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap (DSB), the French Ministère de l'Intérieur et des Outre-mer, MSB (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency), the UK Home Office Emergency Services Network (ESN), Canada's PSB Innovation Alliance, Germany's Bundesanstalt für den Digitalfunk (BDBOS), Hungary's Pro-M Zrt., and more to come.

Dedicated GAGV programme sessions will take place in the main conference theatres across the course of the event.

Critical Communications World 2023 takes place on May 23-25 in Helsinki.