The government has invited tenders for its new Emergency Services Network. The network will replace the existing system by Airwave Solutions in 2016.Coming under the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programe, it provides cheaper, innovative network services for the ambulance, fire and police services.
The government has invited EE, HP, KPMG, Motorola, Telefonica, Vodafone and others to tender for the network contract. The new service providers will upgrade the legacy mobility technology to a new national mobile communication service. The contract is believed to be worth between £555m and £1.2bn.
There are four lots on the new contract: ESN Delivery Partner, ESN User Services, ESN Mobile Services and ESN Extension Services. The new network will support around 250,000 operational staff and associated devices, 44 police and crime commissioners and services, 50 fire and rescue authorities and services, 13 ambulance services, the National Crime Agency, the Transport Police, the MoD Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the National Police Air Service.
Minister for state, policing, criminal justice and victim, Damian Green, said that interest in providing the new emergency services network has been strong - 34 companies submitted the pre-qualification questionnaires.
'After rigorous evaluation by the Home Office and representatives of the emergency services we are now inviting those organisations we consider to be best suited to tender formally for the work,' he said. 'We remain on track to deliver this key part of our critical national infrastructure by the end of 2016.'
Tenders need to be submitted this autumn.