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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
Sepura supplies TETRA system to second RHS site

Sepura supplies TETRA system to second RHS site

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has chosen Sepura for a second time to supply a complete digital communications solution for one of its key visitor sites. Supplied in conjunction with sales partner Chatterbox Ltd, the solution – comprising an…

Sam Fenwick, 20th April 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
UK healthcare: Saving lives with wireless tech

UK healthcare: Saving lives with wireless tech

Philip Mason looks at some of the ways wireless communications are being used in the UK’s increasingly stretched public health sector The most important thing is to make every second count, which in turn frees up staff to see more patients and …

Philip Mason, 30th January 2017
Heathrow: The runway to new radio

Heathrow: The runway to new radio

Heathrow airport’s Jason Trimmer talks to Sam Fenwick about his plans to migrate Britain’s major transport hub to a new digital radio platform “Heathrow has grand ambitions. We strive to be the best airport in the world and provide o…

Sam Fenwick, 3rd 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
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
CMA unconditionally clears Motorola Solutions' Airwave acquisition

CMA unconditionally clears Motorola Solutions' Airwave acquisition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today (1 July) unconditionally cleared Motorola Solutions’ acquisition of Airwave. The announcement by the CMA concludes its investigation. Motorola Solutions completed its acquisition of Airwav…

Sam Fenwick, 1st July 2016
Antennas: Best of British

Antennas: Best of British

Antennas may not be as exciting as the latest applications or the next wave of handsets, but seamless communications rely on them. Sam Fenwick visited Panorama Antennas to find out more It was a wet, cold and dreary day when I visited Panorama Antennas…

Sam Fenwick, 19th January 2016
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