Omdia Crit Comms Circle

Omdia Crit Comms Circle

Welcome to the Crit Comms Circle, the podcast bringing you market insight direct from Omdia analysts, exploring all facets of the critical communications industry. This podcast is hosted by Paul Bremner, Principal Analyst in Omdia's Critical Communications and Public Safety team. Paul has more than 10 years' experience providing industry insights for clients, regularly presenting at company and industry association events. Based in the UK, Paul holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Exeter. If it’s your first time listening, then thanks for coming, and welcome to the Circle. Have a topic you’d like to discuss on the show? Interested in joining as a guest? Get in touch with us at


February 21, 2023 45 min
In this episode we are talking about critical changes coming for critical communication spectrum at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23).

Please read the TCCA Spectrum Position on World Radiocommunications Conference Agenda Item 1.5 whitepaper here:

We talk about why spectrum is important for our industry, what the key spectrum requirements ar...
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In this episode, we look at the top 5 challenges we see that AI systems will have to overcome before being implemented into mission critical operations. We talk directly with ChatGPT before moving on to discuss these top 5 challenges.

We ask ChatGPT directly:
  • Can you give us an overview of what ChatGPT is and how it works?
  • Can you give an example of a specific industry where ChatGPT has been implemented and the impact it has had?
  • How ...
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    In this episode, Alfonso and I talk about the two latest Omdia reports covering the body worn camera and broadband critical communication markets.

    We also talk about the trade shows we'll be attending in the first half of 2023, including: ISE, MWC, BAPCO, IWCE, EENA and CCW.

    Have a topic you’d like to discuss on the show?
    Get in touch with us at
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    In this episode we take a look at the year ahead and what we're expecting, or wanting, to see for the critical communicaitons industry through 2023.

    We're joined by:
  • Ildefonso de la Cruz, Principal Analyst at Omdia
  • Donny Jackson, Editor at IWCE's Urgent Communications
  • Erin LeMoine, Event Lead for IWCE
  • Check out Omdia's "2023 Trends to Watch: Critical communication" document here:
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    In this episode we take a look back at what's occurred in 2022 that's impacted the critical communications industry. We start with looking at macro econocmic trends and the effect they've had on the industry, and then talk about some of the important developments within the critical communications industry that we've seen impact this market.

    2022 has been a busy year! To help cover everything that's happened we&#...
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    In this episode we talk with iBwave about the ins and outs of designing and surveying public safety networks, specifically the need for designing accurate public safety networks, and the importance of testing that public safety network to ensure that it performs as required.

    We are joined by Kelly Burroughs and Tony Singh from iBwave. Kelly is the Solutions DIrector at iBwave where her focus lies in innovation, technology and impact...
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    In this episode we talk with Bedfordshire FRS about the spate of heat related incidents seen through summer of 2022 and how their new mobilising system supported their operational response to these incidents.

    We are joined by Alison Kibblewhite and Jason Tai from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Alison serves as the Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Bedfordshire FRS, with more than 27 years experience working in the fire sector. ...
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    November 1, 2022 29 min
    In this episode we are talking with TCCA to hear the latest updates and priorities for the organisation, and how TCCA's core missions help drive these priorities forward.

    I'm joined by Kevin Graham, CEO of The Critical Communications Association (TCCA), and the former founding Chairman and Director of the Australasian Critical Communications Forum (ACCF).

    We touch on how TCCA helps to provide a platform for meaningful exchang...
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    In this episode we are talking about Omdia's recently released whitepaper: "National Mission Critical Networks: A guideline for professional, reliable, and secure multi-agency mission-critical communications".

    This whitepaper serves as a NCCN planning guideline, while outlining the importance and evolution of critical communications within this sector. The whitepaper also provides a development overview of national crit...
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    In this episode we are talking private 5G in enterprise mission critical communications, particularly in the manufacturing sector. We are discussing some of the latest findings from a co-authored report titled 'Demystifying Private 5G in Manufacturing: How to Seize a New Opportunity'.

    I'm joined by my colleague, Ildefonso de la Cruz, Principal Analyst here at Omdia's Public Safety and Critical Communications group, l...
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    This is Part 1 of a 2 part conversation on improving in-building coverage with the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC).

    Regiser to listen to part 2 for free here:

    In Part 1 we hear about the 3 pillars of in-building public safety communications: 1) mobile 911 calls must get out with location accuracy; 2) mobile mass notifications must reach building occupants; 3) first responder communications must...
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    In this episode we share market insight direct from the latest Omdia market research and anaysis covering the TETRA, PTToC and command and control room markets.

    I'm joined by my colleague, Ildefonso de la Cruz, a Principal Analyst here at Omdia's public Safety and Critical Communications group, leading the LMR and broadband technologies research areas.

    We share highlights from our latest published research:
    - TETRA Terminals ...
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    In this episode we share some of our key highlights from CCW 2022, product announcements that caught our eye, and what we learned from the show this year.

    We're joined by three excellent industry analysts: Thomas Lynch, Ken Rehbehn and Ildefonso de la Cruz.
    Connect with them on LinkedIn here:
    Thomas Lynch:
    Ken Rehbehn:
    Ildefonso de le Cruz: ...
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    In this episode, we are joined by the Verizon Frontline team to dispel five common myths in the mission critical market which can mislead public safety decision makers.

    We're joined by Cory Davis, who serves as the National Director for the Verizon Response & Public Safety Operations team, and Arshdeep Sawhney, the Director of Product Management for the Public Sector portfolio in Verizon Business Group.

    The myths we cover in ...
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    June 14, 2022 26 min
    In this episode we’re talking about standardisation again, but this time from a vendor's perspective. We address the misconception that vendor's ultimate interest is a closed environment, ways to avoid vendor lock in, and we’re throwing in a bit of SaaS here too.

    We're joined by Manuel Hintermayr, Director of Sales at Frequentis, and Wolfgang Kampichler, Principal Scientist at Frequentis.
    Connect with them on LinkedIn her...
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    In this episode we cover the highlights from the latest EENA 2022 event and conference, including the latest updates on NG112, progress on vertical/indoor location, potential dangers relating to VoLTE, and recapping the message around standardisation from both ETSI and 3GPP.

    We're joined by Benoit Viver, Public Affairs Manager at EENA, and Freddie McBride, Director of Digital Communications Policy and Regulation at EENA.
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    In this episode we learn more about the MCS Testing-as-a-Service (TaaSting) project, how it works, who is involved, and what the involvement of TCCA looks like. We also talk more broadly around standards in general and what the benefits standards-based mission critical solutions bring to the market for both vendors and end-users.

    We're joined by Harald Ludwig Chair of TCCA's Technical Forum, and Dr. Fidel Liberal, a professo...
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    In this episode we're joined by two special guests from InterTalk who talk to us about how radio communications dispatch is changing. We cover topics including how cloud and SaaS is changing radio dispatch, some of the benefits a vendor-agnostic dispatch console can bring, and where people struggle when refreshing their voice dispatch systems.

    We're joined by Bryan Wiens, Senior Product Manager, and Chris Oldham, President a...
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    We talk with SSS Public Safety's Matt Palmer about the future of public safety control rooms and the challenges end-users are facing as control rooms face a triple threat from digital, data and technology evolution.

    Matt is the Product Director at SSS Public Safety whose solutions encompass control rooms and contact centers, integrated communications, digital evidence management, records management, ERP solutions and critical me...
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    We have another post-event episode for you where we cover the highlights from IWCE in Las Vegas, including interoperability, MCPTT, spectrum, and more!

    We're joined once more by Ildefonso de la Cruz, Principal Analyst at Omdia, and Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst with Critical Communications Insights.

    If you have questions for either, or would like to contact them, their respective LinkedIn’s can be found here:
    Ildefonso de la Cruz...
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