Entropia Digital has halted the rollout by Dutch systems integrator KPN, which is deploying Motorola Solutions equipment, of a 200-site TETRA network upgrade in The Netherlands and replaced it with Germany's Hytera Mobilfunk. In a statement issued today (9 September 2015), Entropia Digital said it ‘deems this is a necessary step to guarantee a highly reliable TETRA network for the long term’.
Entropia has called a stop to the KPN/Motorola upgrade and will now use Hytera Mobilfunk’s TETRA platform for the upgrade instead. It has not elaborated further on why it has replaced KPN.
Entropia owns and operates private TETRA digital two-way radio networks in The Netherlands and Belgium and is in the process of deploying a DMR network in the UK. In July 2013, it appointed systems integrator KPN, part of the Dutch fixed and mobile telecommunications operator group, as its prime contractor to upgrade its Dutch network. KPN was using Motorola's latest TETRA Dimetra 8.1 platform for the upgrade. Wireless understands that Motorola Solutions does not have a contract with Entropia, but is soley contracted to KPN to supply the hardware.
Entropia’s statement noted that Hytera Mobilfunk (the German arm of Chinese PMR manufacturer Hytera and former Rohde & Schwarz TETRA division) has been a strategic partner of Entropia in Belgium for many years. The statement said: ‘The very positive experiences in Belgium have encouraged the decision Entropia Digital took to replace the Motorola platform fully and to complete the rollout of 200 sites in the Netherlands with Hytera Mobilfunk.’
Entropia insisted that there will be no impact on its customers during the transition phase to the new TETRA platform. The migration of the existing TETRA network to Hytera Mobilfunk will occur in consultation with all customers individually and under the exclusive direction of Entropia Digital.
The first areas to be based on the Hytera Mobilfunk TETRA platform will be Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe. These provinces will be deployed by the end of 2015. The full transition phase nationwide will be completed before the end of December 2016. By the end of 2016, approximately 330 Hytera Mobilfunk TETRA base stations will be active throughout Belgium and The Netherlands.
Entropia Digital builds, operates and maintains mobile telecommunications networks aimed at professional users. Entropia Digital has its headquarters in Oostkamp, near Bruges (Belgium), and offices in Moordrecht (the Netherlands), London and Birmingham (UK).
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