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This report builds on Ovum's 2014 report "Priority Mobile Broadband for Police and Emergency Services," which discussed the rationale of a commercial model for public safety mobile broadband.


  • In late 2015, the Australian Productivity Commission delivered its report on public safety mobile broadband (PSMB). The report found that "the commercial approach is the most cost-effective..." The government has now moved to set up a federal/state committee to consider a way forward.
  • The momentum for the transition to a digital workforce has become unstoppable. New developments in video convergence and IoT solutions are already adding a whole new layer of functionality available to first responders.

Features and Benefits

  • Identify the key challenges for public safety mobile broadband.
  • Understand the key aspects of the Productivity Commission's findings.

Key questions answered

  • Why is it crucial for government to quickly find a resolution that facilitates greater innovation in public safety?
  • How can better network access facilitate digital innovation in the public safety sector?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

In times of emergency, network performance is crucial

  • LTE networks are really put to the test

The findings of the Australian Productivity Commission provide a workable solution

  • This was a comprehensive review that went back to first principles
  • Australia's geography creates some unique challenges
  • Charting a path for the future
  • Future challenges

Public safety in the 21st century is about interconnectedness

  • Contemporary work design is heading for a more integrated digital future


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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