Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) communication supports a wide range of services related to day to day life of public such as maintenance of law and order, protection of life and property, disaster relief and emergency responses.
The advancement of technology has provided PPDR networks with latest and enhanced features in terms of capability, capacity and interoperability. Broadband PPDR supports wide range of applications such as sending live images, videos and texts apart from the voice communication. Existing PPDR networks in the country are analog and digital systems supporting narrowband voice and data communications. Introduction of advanced broadband PPDR communication networks can be a great enabler in decision making and handling of PPDR operations for personnel and organizations involved.
The regulator recommendations propose the government to set up a pan-India integrated Broadband PPDR (BB-PPDR) Communication Network (to be called ‘National BB-PPDR Network) based on 3GPP PS-LTE technology. The guidelines suggest that a hybrid model of BB-PPDR network in India should be put in place by state-owned BSNL/MTNL and existing commercial network can be leveraged in other regions through any Telecommunications Service Priority.
The dedicated network for BB-PPDR communication, funded by the government, should be created in metro cities, border districts, disaster-prone areas identified by National Disaster Management Authority and sensitive areas like Jammu and Kashmir and northeast, it said.
TRAI also recommended that a stringent service-level agreement be put in place and operators be mandated to provide mobile base transceiver station (BTS) and backpack devices in order to facilitate communication for PPDR agencies, in case the terrestrial network gets destroyed.
TRAI also suggested setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle to plan, coordinate and steer the nationwide BB-PPDR communication network implementation and its subsequent operation.