Hytera is providing TETRA two-way radio equipment to Briscoe Technologies, a provider of communication services to various sectors in Nigeria, such as oil and gas, public safety and transportation.
Briscoe owns the largest TETRA network in Nigeria, mainly covering the cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Within these areas, the system is constantly growing to provide instant communication service to multiple industries.
However, with increasing user demands for higher security and stability, broader coverage in areas like Port Harcourt and Rivers State, Briscoe needed a new exclusive communication system based on customised design.
Briscoe's subscribers come from multiple industries. There are more than 10,000 users on the existing system distributed across several cities. For Hytera, the key challenge was to replace existing systems without disruption to the customers.
In addition, any new system had to provide compatibility and a flexible network topology including centralized network/decentralised network/mixed network to satisfy different industry norms and requirements.
Hytera’s adopted a modular design for the TETRA system to enable easy installation and maintenance, along with a high standard of product specification to ensure the equipment could cope with the hot, humid conditions and other extreme environments. Hytera is also providing professional services including network topology design, site selection, commissioning of network, training, and local technical support.
The complete TETRA solution delivered to Briscoe comprises 30 base stations and 2,650 terminals with system control, dispatch and PABX service. In Phase 1, 15 base stations have already been delivered, replacing the existing network and extending coverage to part of the Niger Delta, where the country’s oil and gas industry is located.
In Phase 2, the coverage will be extended to most of the Niger Delta region, as well as in the capital Abuja FCT. All sites are expected be implemented and operational by mid 2015.
"With the new infrastructure from Hytera and its new feature set, it makes our role as an operator easier to give our clients exactly what they need in terms of coverage area and functionalities," commented Ralph S., technical director of Briscoe Technologies.