The critical infrastructure of Nødnett is finished and it’s taken operationally in use in all districts of mainland Norway. There’s already 40 000 users on Nødnett, and more will join in the future. They’re emergency services, volunteers and other operators with a role in the emergency response chain in Norway.
− All involved have reason to be proud to have completed Nødnett on time and within the financial frame, says Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Director of the Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK).
The feedback from Nødnett users across the country are mainly positive.
− With Nødnett we’ve acquired a closed, national mobile network. Nødnett has great area coverage. It covers an area greater than Telenor’s 2G network and it has several resilience enhancing mechanisms, which enables it to withstand a few errors before coverage is lost, underlines Lyngstøl.
− One thing is what we can calculate in computer simulations. Now we need feedback from user experiences. We want to know about important areas where coverage is insufficient, so we can assess appropriate measures, says Lyngstøl.
Previously the emergency services and other organisations that participate in public protection and disaster relief in Norway used different networks of highly variable quality in their communication networks. Nødnett’s main functionality today is secure, robust and blazingly fast speech setup in predefined groups. Nødnett also supports other types of communication, such as low-speed data transfer.
An important milestone – and beginning
There is still some work to be done, although the network is ready for use throughout Norway.
− In the last few years we have experienced an increase in serious accidents, extreme weather and terrorism. These scenarios place great demands for robust communication, cooperation and coordination, says Lyngstøl.
− We have to ensure broad and appropriate use, and the opportunities Nødnett provide be utilised. The network enables good communication between the emergency services that we rely on when society need them the most. With everyone on Nødnett the utility value of this investment will increase, and society’s ability to handle incidents will increase, both for daily life and potential crisis. This is extensive and important work. DNK is ready to contribute, underlines Lyngstøl.
− DNK is a neutral player with many years of experience in coordinating cooperation and implementing major state projects. Now, our main task is to ensure that society benefits from the investment. We need to ensure the quality of service, proper development, and that all emergency services and operators with a role in the emergency response chain will take Nødnett in use.
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