Arqiva brings Oldham businesses into the digital age

Date: Tue, 01/19/2010 - 19:15

Commercial solution utilising digital TETRA technology and Arqiva spectrum
Arqiva brings Oldham businesses into the digital age Tom Bennie, Arqiva CEO

Oldham Council, UK, has launched a Public Private Partnership scheme to deliver a digital radio network for both the authority and local businesses, to be implemented by Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company.
The five-year deal is the first of its kind for a UK local authority and will benefit the business community with capacity for approximately 1,000 radio users across the borough including businesses such as couriers, taxi companies and private security firms.
With a population of 220,000 spread over 55 square miles, Oldham's existing analogue systems struggled to meet the demands of the public and private sector, providing a poor signal susceptible to malfunction, particularly during bad weather.
Councillor Mark Alcock, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said:  "Businesses all over the UK need to seize every opportunity to grow again after a tricky couple of years for the economy and communication sits at the very heart of an efficient operation. Upgrading our infrastructure in Oldham with Arqiva means we can provide small businesses with an outstanding service, at an affordable rate. This is something they would never have been able to achieve on their own and will provide a real boost to the local economy."
The digital TETRA system will provide small- to medium-sized enterprises with a digital communication network, enabling clearer push-to-talk voice calls and text messaging capability all utilising Arqiva's 412 MHz spectrum.
Steve Mace, Sales Director for Arqiva, said: "Organisations in Oldham are currently using and paying for mobile phones to satisfy what is essentially the need for a wide-area two-way radio. Thanks to this innovative public-private partnership, the local authority and businesses throughout the borough will now be able to benefit from a dedicated and cost-effective wide area network".

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