Virve radio network

The public safety network Virve continues to serve while being renewed during the 2020s

The public safety network Virve is a mission control tool that enables Finnish authorities and other mission critical operators to communicate effectively and safely. With it, the correct people receive important situational awareness quickly.

Virve is used by authorities such as Finnish Rescue Services, Police of Finland, social and healthcare services, Finnish Defence Forces, Finnish Border Guard, customs, emergency response centres and municipalities. Virve is also used in other security critical operations, such as energy and telecommunications, rail traffic, security guarding and valuables transfer.

The Nordic public safety networks, comprising the Finnish Virve, Swedish Rakel and Norwegian Nødnett, are the first TETRA networks in the world linked together technically in 2019.

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Virve subscriptions facilitate dependable communications
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Next generation Virve 2.0 services

Finnish mission critical authoratives and other safety operators will be provided with a variety of mobile broadband services during the 2020s. We are taking a customer-oriented approach to developing next generation Virve services in the Virve 2.0 project.

In the new model, we act as a service operator, cooperating with our partners to offer more extensive and efficient services to authorities and other operators critical for the security of supply. During the migration phase, the present Virve network will work seamlessly alongside the new services until the end of 2025.

Read more about the development of Virve 2.0

Virve 2.0 Mobile strategy
ERILLISVERKOT AI STRATEGY
Virve 2 MC RFI summary of responses
VIRVE 2 DEVICES RFI SUMMARY OF RESPONSES

 

Project schedule

  • Erillisverkot Group selected as the operator of the mission critical mobile broadband service in 2018.
  • Ericsson selected as the provider of key information systems and Elisa as the provider of the radio network in 2020.
  • Data service available to customers by the end of 2021.
  • The procurement of Virve 2.0 compatible devices will begin in 2022.
  • Voice service available in 2022
  • Virve 2.0 services approved for operative use and ready to be deployed in 2022.
  • Migration period 2023-2025. The current version of Virve will function alongside the new network. Development of services
    continues

  • The procurement of standardised mission critical services (e.g. group voice and video calls) will start in 2024

The users of the network will be provided with more up-to-date situational awareness as part of their daily work as the current Virve services are complemented with broadband mobile services such as image and video.

The new services and prioritised Virve subscriptions will enhance current uses and enable clear, versatile and understandable communications, for example, between a situation room and people working in the field. In the future, the evolving 5G network and related technologies will also enable new solutions in public safety communication.

Virve 2.0 is created in cooperation with trusted partners

  • Erillisverkot together with their partners will build public safety network Virve 2.0. Our partners in the first phase are Elisa and Ericsson.
  • Erillisverkot will be the statutory service operator for Virve 2.0, operating the Core network as well as producing services for it. The 5G Core network used by network is provided by Ericsson and the 4 G/5G radio service by Elisa.