Ericsson has officially announced that it will support Motorola Solutions for ‘Lot 2’ in the delivery of the new £1bn Emergency Services Network (ESN) for the Home Office in the UK. The ESN programme will use mobile operator EE’s commercial LTE network to deliver critical voice and real time broadband data services designed to meet the demands of public safety organisations across the UK.
Ericsson and Motorola Solutions have had a global partnership to deliver long term evolution (LTE) technology to public safety for some time, combing the former’s expertise in mobile broadband technology with Motorola’s long experience in delivering public safety communications.
The companies are already implementing three of the largest public safety LTE networks in the world, located in Los Angeles County, California in the US and two Middle Eastern countries. These are all dedicated, data-only LTE networks. ESN is unprecedented in that it will have to deliver both mission critical voice and data applications over LTE on a network shared with EE’s 24 million consumer subscribers.
ESN Lot 2 involves the management of mission critical solutions, applications and devices across Lot 3 provider EE’s 4G network. Partnering with Motorola Solutions, Ericsson will implement a multi-access core that delivers guaranteed priority access for the UK's police, fire and ambulance services. Additionally, Ericsson will support Motorola Solutions in providing a comprehensive range of operational and business support systems and services.
Valter D'Avino, Head of Ericsson's Region Western and Central Europe, said: "The ESN project is an ambitious and strategically important one. Every day, governments and cities around the world rely on the technology and services expertise created by the partnership between Ericsson and Motorola Solutions to enable mission-critical operations. Together, we are uniquely positioned to enable the functionality and capabilities that a broadband-based network can offer to the UK's public safety services."
Ericsson's solutions created in partnership with Motorola Solutions increase the voice, data and visual information available to emergency response decision makers - whether they are travelling to the scene of an incident using 4G mobile communications, or communicating critical information to partner agencies using fixed communications networks.
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