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PAC weighs in on threat to emergency services, ESN transition now expected to conclude in September 2020

PAC weighs in on threat to emergency services, ESN transition now expected to conclude in September 2020

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report warning that Vodafone’s plan to retire the Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) service that the Airwave TETRA network requires to function in March 2020, “"strikes a major, potentiall…

Sam Fenwick, 21st April 2017
ESN device tender dates announced

ESN device tender dates announced

The Home Office has announced that the invitation to tender (ITT) for ESN-enabled hand-held ruggedised devices is expected to go out at the end of this week. This will be followed – according to ESMCP's Steve Whatson ­– by vehicle devices, which w…

Philip Mason, 23rd March 2017
Less than one in five MPs believe UK’s mobile comms regime “works well for customers”

Less than one in five MPs believe UK’s mobile comms regime “works well for customers”

Only 18 per cent of the UK’s MPs believe that the country’s current mobile communications system work well for customers, according to an online survey commissioned by the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) and conducted by Dods Re…

Sam Fenwick, 16th March 2017
EE unveils rapid response vehicles for ESN coverage

EE unveils rapid response vehicles for ESN coverage

Today (21 February) at the Kia Oval stadium EE displayed one of a fleet of 32 4x4 rapid response vehicles (RRVs) that will be used to provide temporary coverage for the Emergency Services Network in the event of flooding, power outages and other incid…

Sam Fenwick, 21st February 2017
Does Vodafone have ESN over a barrel?

Does Vodafone have ESN over a barrel?

The Home Office's plan to replace the Airwave TETRA network with the LTE-based Emergency Services Network could be faced with more turmoil, following the news that Motorola Solutions subcontractor Vodafone has announced its intention to switch off i…

Sam Fenwick, 1st February 2017
Start of ESN transition now scheduled for mid-2018

Start of ESN transition now scheduled for mid-2018

The transition of the emergency services from the Airwave TETRA network onto the Emergency Services Network (ESN) is now expected by the Emergency Services Mobile Services Communications Programme (ESMCP) to begin at the earliest in mid-2018. Previous…

Sam Fenwick, 11th January 2017
ESN transition delayed

ESN transition delayed

The transition of the emergency services from the Airwave TETRA network to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) has been delayed. The first of the user organisations (the North West region) to transition was due to start in September 2017. However, acco…

Sam Fenwick, 20th October 2016
ESN update: core specifications now with device vendors

ESN update: core specifications now with device vendors

Jeremy Kemp, technical lead – related projects at the Home Office, said that last week the suite of core specifications from EE and Motorola Solutions were made available for the first time, “which will allow device vendors to start …

Sam Fenwick, 23rd September 2016
National Audit Office: ESN roll-out “remains inherently high risk”

National Audit Office: ESN roll-out “remains inherently high risk”

The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a report “Upgrading emergency service communications: the Emergency Services Network”, which assesses the risks associated with the delivery of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) by the Emerge…

Sam Fenwick, 15th September 2016
Home Office revisits purchase of ESN devices

Home Office revisits purchase of ESN devices

Following market consultation, the Home Office has revisited its tender process for the supply of devices, accessories and services for the Emergency Services Network (ESN) worth up to £150m. ESN is being introduced to provide integrated critical …

Mark Venables, 7th September 2016
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