LTE Mission Critical coverage for international interforce Shooting Range

Athonet deployed a pLTE network for the Italian Ministry of Defence working in a dedicated band, to cover a wide and complex area in an Army shooting range

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The Customer

The customer is the Italian Ministry of Defence

The Challenge

Athonet deployed a pLTE network for the Italian Ministry of Defence working in a dedicated band, to cover a wide and complex area in an Army shooting polygon, to enable voice, data and video services. The solution comprised a dedicated mission-critical core, a fixed LTE macro-cell covering the main part of the polygon and relay 4G nodes via autonomous man-pack to expand the LTE coverage in specific location if needed. A dedicated control room has been created for operational and monitoring purposes of the field activities with mega screen and interconnection via secure firewall to the Ministry of Defence intranet and PABX.

Introduction

The flexible 4G dedicated network created a secure and reliable broadband wireless network. This network supported traffic from fixed or mobile CPE’s deployed on the ground and on board of vehicles, HD video from cameras spread in the range, and voice and multimedia services from ruggedized smartphone supporting VoLTE/ViLTE and MCPTT services. ‘The goal achieved by the project was to create a reliable coverage in a remote area not served by mobile network operators (“MNOs”) or a tactical environment where MNO coverage has been incapacitated.

The tactical coverage is extendable through portable relay 4G nodes, with a secure and high performing infrastructure able to perform full surveillance and monitoring of the activities in the area from a control room and provide real time multimedia communication between users in the field.The pLTE fixed network and relay solution allowed the coverage to be expanded which enabled services also to the Italian Coast.Guard vessels checking the seaside area in front of the polygon to stop public boat approaching this part of the coastline. D

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