Hytera discuss their way forward with InterComms
Q: With development of further reaching communications how are Hytera evolving their equipment to make it more interoperable with other technologies?
A: TETRA by itself is a highly interoperable technology. Other technologies like P.25 in reality provide a much lower level of interoperability as the standard has much more options for implementation whereas TETRA is very strict. Other technologies like dPMR are based on very young standards, IOP testing coverage is very low. TETRA Release 2 with TEDS which improves data throughput with highly sophisticated modulation and coding schemes provides the same level of interoperability.
Looking into the future we see LTE coming up in the area of Professional Mobile Radio, but there are many features which are only standardised in TETRA and TEDS and still to be done in LTE. Today in TETRA and many other PMR technologies interoperability testing is mainly considering the protocol on the air interface and other interfaces in the system. With LTE the question of interoperabilty with respect to PMR features will move to the application level. An example could be a video solution involving a vehicle based camera, a central server and radio terminals which are able to view the video. It is the expectation of our customers to be able to select different manufacturers for all these components, but this means that they have to be able to talk the same language on an IP level.
Q: With ITU World Telecom in Qatar it would be a good subject to look at how you worked with Ooredoo in providing commercial TETRA in Qatar; what problems did you help them over come?
A: Initially the network was planned and erected for the Asian Games back in 2006. Later on Qtel, which is now Ooredoo, continued to operate the network as a shared network for various user organisations. So the basic radio coverage came from the Asian Games. Over the years coverage and capacity was expanded especially in areas where needed, like airports, oil refineries etc. Today many of the sites run with 8 carriers providing 32 communication channels serving over 3,0000 users. Recently IP migration was a bigger topic and Hytera offered a smart solution: how to re-use existing equipment as much as possible while smoothly migrating parts of the network to an IP based architecture.
Q: The work in Qatar is obviously only one company that you have worked with in the Network Operator field, can you explain through your product range and how the solutions cost effectively help overcome network gaps?
A: We recently released a new Base Station, named DIB-R5, which again improves RF performance in terms of sensitivity and output power which helps to close smaller gaps. This Base Station is offered also to our existing customers and we provide migration scenarios where older networks can be expanded with the latest base station technology.
Hytera provides the 8150 RF Analyzer which helps network operators to optimise the network. The 8150 supports coverage measurement, optimisation of hand-over parameters and interference measurements. With this in hand customers like Qtel are very interested in this product.
Q: Hytera are evolving their products in a proactive rather the responsive way, where do you see the biggest growth in technology and how will Hytera be looking to lead in this area?
A: Besides new TETRA products we introduced many new DMR products this year: DMR is also targeted to professional users. Hytera offers products for all DMR Tiers, from very simple radios operating in peer-to-peer mode up to Tier III trunking systems. Today Hytera has solutions for all kinds of professional mobile radio applications. This gives us the flexibility to select the right technology together with our partners and customers.
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