1bn over 15 years....
Is that aginst a £1.5bn/year bid or is it £1.5bn over the 15 years?
If the former then it really isn't alot, if the latter than it sounds awfully optimistic!
Things have gone from worse to even worse for the Government’s attempts to replace the ageing emergency-services network, as HP has withdrawn its bid. HP has followed Telefonica in deciding that the terms of the deal were too onerous and deciding it didn’t want to be part of Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme ( …
Is that wishful thinking or is there some actual evidence that the HO (probably secretly) has this as a "fallback" position? It is the only foreseeable solution that makes any sense. But no solution that has working PTT group calling and 4G+-like data in the same device will be available (even in beta) before at least 2018.
My *limited* understanding, is that because of the frequencies used, you require less nodes for coverage on TETRA than you do 4G. Assuming the new comms solution is going to be airgapped from public networks, they're going to have to install a hell of a lot more masks to give coverage. Unless you use TETRA for comms, and commercial 4G for data, as and when you need it. (As long as you use appropriate security)
Nothing like your mates/colleagues to stitch you up! Use to do it all the time in the army, good to see the plod have a giggle as well.
I discussed ESMCP with some telecom staff in the police, they couldn't see how it would be live in the time frame given. At least we've Airwave to fall back to until 2020 (at great cost..).
Not knowing too much about the current Tetra deployment apart from it works quite well but a bit expensive. Is it possible to up lift it to provide an improved capability be it with low data speeds leaving that to a proper device?
By that the spec must be pretty tight. No wriggle room for all those Cost-Plus-Plus little extras that inevitably get added to HMG Contracts by the Civil Servants.
Mess of those and you are into commodity supplier territory. Next to no profit in that area of biz methinks.
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"HP has followed Telefonica in deciding that the terms of the deal were too onerous and deciding it didn’t want to be part of Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP)."
Someone at HP is showing alittle sense after their/EDS rush to projects that could only pay through signigicant spec changes (charged for) post contract.
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