Thales passes LTE interoperability test

Clarksburg, Md., May 7, 2013– Thales Communications. Inc. has successfully completed the Department of Commerce’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Phase 3 LTE Demonstration Network Test Plan, demonstrating interoperability of its public safety Long-Term Evolution (LTE) solution.

These results confirm interoperability of the Thales Edge Centric Core Network solution with other vendor Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment as well as end-to-end connectivity with multiple user devices. Testing was conducted at the Department of Commerce Boulder Laboratories in Colorado and supported the work of the PSCR program team. The successful completion demonstrates Thales’s support of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s goal of broadband network interoperability and FirstNet objectives for a nationwide multi-vendor public safety LTE network.

The Thales Edge Centric Core Network solution differentiates from traditional carrier scale cores by pushing intelligence to the edge and integrating full-featured Evolved Packet Core (EPC), subscriber management, and other control functions. This approach can offer advantages to public safety users in improved resiliency, scalability, and more economical communications.  User traffic is routed locally, enabling localized operational control, which minimizes breaks in communications.

“This interoperability testing within the PSCR is an important milestone for our public safety LTE solution in meeting the specific requirements of our customers,” said Michael Sheehan, President and CEO of Thales Communications.  "Our Edge Centric Core Network solution is well aligned with public safety needs in mind, and we are committed to an overall open, standards-based, interoperable multi-vendor environment.”

Note to Editors

The PSCR is a joint program of two Commerce agencies, the Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). PSCR provides objective technical support—research, development, testing and evaluation—in order to foster nationwide public safety communications interoperability. In close collaboration with private sector and public safety partners, PSCR has built a demonstration test bed for manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to evaluate advanced broadband communications equipment and software for a future 700 megahertz emergency services communications network.

About Thales & Thales Communications, Inc.

Thales (www.thalesgroup.com) is a global technology leader for the Defense & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion (approximately $18.3 billion) with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop, and deploy equipment, systems, and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

Thales Communications, Inc. (www.thalescomminc.com) is a global leader in the development of reliable, software-defined radio equipment and solutions. The company serves the ground, naval, airborne, and homeland security domains with tactical electronic equipment and information systems that address the technological and environmental challenges presented in real-world situations—especially those with size, weight, and power constraints. A U.S. proxy company (100% American), Thales Communications, Inc. is part of Thales. 

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Press contact:       Sheila Gindes       

                              Director, Corporate Communications                 

                              Thales Communications, Inc.      

                              240-864-7912                               

                              sheila.gindes@thalescomminc.com

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