Emergency Services Network dispute hits the courts

Emergency Services Network dispute hits the courts

The Home Office is being sued by Airwave over its intention to award EE one of the Emergency Services Network contracts.

Airwave, who are the current communications service provider to the UK’s Emergency Services are taking the government department to court because it believes that bidders for the contract were not given equal treatment by the Home Office.

The Home Office strongly denies Airwave’s claims and has stated an intention to contest the challenge.

The contract also known as Lot 3 was bid on by EE, Telefonica O2, Vodafone and UK Broadband Networks.

In a statement Airwave said: ‘We have issued a claim against the Home Office relating to the procurement for Lot 3 of the proposed Emergency Services Network. 

‘We do not believe that bidders, including Airwave, were given equal treatment under relevant procurement laws and we have therefore made a claim in order to protect our position for any loss suffered.’ 

A Home Office spokesperson said: 'We can confirm Airwave Solutions Ltd (ASL) has challenged the award to EE of Lot 3 of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme. The Home Office will vigorously contest this challenge. We are confident we have identified suppliers who can deliver a service which will improve public safety and cost considerably less than current arrangements.’

The Home Office also said that it will be seeking the earliest possible hearing and will seek damages to protect it from any delay costs as a result of the challenge.

Read more on the story at our sister publication Wireless.



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