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12 June 2014
12. June 2014 Defence and Space

Belgian emergency and security services once again rely on Airbus Defence and Space’s Tetra technology

Belgian emergency and security services using  Airbus’s Tetra technology

Astrid continues to invest in Tetra technology to guarantee users uninterrupted network performance and quality service.

Belgian emergency and security services using  Airbus’s Tetra technology

A consortium composed of Airbus Defence and Space and Belgacom has been awarded a major renewal contract for the Belgian nationwide Tetra network. It aims to strengthen crucial components of the core network and will provide more efficient system management and additional security. The network, called Astrid, currently serves about 56,000 users from all public safety and security services (police, fire, health and ambulance services), and several utility and transport companies in Belgium.

To guarantee its users uninterrupted network performance and quality service, the network operator, also called Astrid, has drawn up the renewal plan, which will start with the replacement of the core network infrastructure and monitoring systems. The contract covers the exchange of eleven provincial switches (DXT), the optimisation of the architecture, and the evolution of the technology to IP (Internet Protocol). As the brain of the radio network, the switches handle the routing of all radio communications and identify the radio position.

Daniel Haché, Director of External Relations at Astrid, highlights the importance of the contract: “Belgian emergency and security services rely heavily on the communications systems provided by Astrid. For us, Tetra remains the very best technology for mobile voice communications in the public safety sector. This renewal contract clearly shows that besides the launch of the 3G data service via Blue Light Mobile, Belgium will continue to work with Tetra and is still investing in this technology.”

Nicole Lecca, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “This new contract with our longstanding customer Astrid illustrates that Tetra will remain an essential asset for mission-critical voice communications in the next decade. We are continuing our development efforts in this technology as an integral part of our solutions portfolio for secure communications.”

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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