Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) – Technical Considerations on Operability (TCO)


  1. Fournier, J.
  2. Lucente, C.
  3. Skidmore, D.
  4. Samson, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Public Safety Broadband Network Use-Cases and User Requirements [1] contains a set of scenarios, referred to as “use-cases,” that typify the way subscribers of the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) are expected to use the PSBN in their day-to-day work and during extra-ordinary events, as well as a list of User Requirements (UR) that are phrased in terms of what the users need to be able to do or accomplish. The technical considerations contained in this Technical Considerations on Operability document (TCO) were derived with those URs in mind, and they reflect the operational capabilities that the PSBN provides to satisfy the needs of the users of a PSBN. The statements express “what is needed” in operationally relevant terms. The contributors to the TCO refrained as much as possible from stating “how” to satisfy the needs of the users. The TCO does not state performance objectives. The latter will be developed as part of a more detailed study to be undertaken by a yet to be identified party at a future date. The Technical Considerations on Operability in this document define a PSBN, based on Long Term Evolution (LTE), that has characteristics, which in some cases, resemble those of commercial mobile networks, but in others extend beyond. These include: A network based on a single Public Land Mobile Network-IDentifier (PLMN-ID) but that is possibly operated by different operating entities. The support of Mission-Critical Services and related service enabl

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wireless;broadband;long term evolution (LTE);communications networks;public safety communications;700 MHz;Situational Awareness;network architecture and design
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-R024 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 May 2019
Number of Pages
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