Motorola Solutions wins three Norwegian TETRA radio terminal contracts

Framework agreement includes delivery of about 8,900 TETRA digital handheld and mobile radios for Norwegian fire and health services and voluntary and rescue organisations

Motorola Solutions wins three Norwegian TETRA radio terminal contracts

Motorola Solutions has been selected to deliver Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA) digital radio terminals to Norway’s voluntary rescue organisations, as well as the Norwegian fire and health agencies in the latest tenders from the Norwegian Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK). 

The selection of Motorola Solutions’ devices follows a process wherein users from both services tested devices from all vendors in real-life situations. Motorola Solutions radios were the first choice for users because of their superior voice quality, ruggedness and user friendliness, the company said.

The three agreements cover the delivery of four radio models, including 5,000 units for the Norwegian Fire Service and 2,000 for paramedics and the Health Service, as part of phases 2 and 3 of the Nødnett project. Motorola will also supply an additional 1,900 units for Norway’s Voluntary and Rescue Services, after winning a contract together with its partner TC Connect. 

DNK and users have chosen the new TETRA handheld MTP3200 (pictured above, centre) and MTP3250 (above, right) digital radios, as well as the MTM5400 and MTM5500 vehicle mobile radios. With this decision Norway’s Fire and Health users are joining over two million users around the world who trust TETRA digital radios from Motorola in mission critical situations, the company stated.

The Nødnett project is the Norwegian nationwide TETRA radio network for which Motorola Solutions Norway is also the prime contractor; work includes provision of all managed services for the roll out and implementation of the system.

The radios will be delivered within the Nødnett phase 2 for Paramedics and Health Services in five counties covering 775,000 inhabitants. With the latest win for Fire services, Motorola radios will be rolled out for Nødnett phases 1, 2 and 3 covering 203 municipalities and 13 counties serving over 2 million inhabitants.

The Voluntary and Rescue Organisations work closely with the emergency services and consist of nine countrywide organisations, including Red Cross and Sea Rescue. 

Tom Quirke, vice president and general manager, Global TETRA Organisation, Motorola Solutions, said: "To deliver reliable communications solutions for Norway´s public safety organisations is a continuous top priority for us. We are delighted that the Norwegian Fire Service has chosen our TETRA radio devices again for the next phases of the project and that the Health Service has now decided on our user friendly devices. We are fully committed to deliver solutions for their needs and support them in their mission critical communications.”

The radios

According to Motorola, its new MTP3000 Series radios offer the highest receiver sensitivity in the market (a -2db increase on all existing TETRA radios), which allows a 14% range increase and a 30% boost to network coverage, when compared to a European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) specification radio.

The MTP3000 Series delivers superior audio quality, with an optimum level of audio loudness and clarity of voice, ensuring that users can hear and be heard clearly, even in the noisiest environments. This enables the control room to hear the users even in very loud environments.

During the tender process the Motorola products were rigorously tested by the users and were leading in all categories of the assessment process. All TETRA digital two-way radio solutions from Motorola are characterised by robust design and intuitive operation, the company claimed.

See also - CCW 2013: Motorola Solutions wins TETRA terminals tender for the fire agency in Norway

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