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The Marconi Communications company from Coventry in the English Midlands says it has been commissioned to provide a new-generation system that conforms to the new terrestrial trunked radio (Tetra) standard that has been adopted by police forces in the UK and across Europe.

A Marconi spokesman said: “Tetra marks a turning point in the level of sophistication of police and other public safety communication systems. In Portugal the contract means that the police will be able to reorganise the way they operate by using Marconi Communications-supplied digital radio base stations, user terminals for vehicles and portable handsets.”

Luciano Maciotta, Managing Director of Marconi Communications’ mobile networks said: “The Portuguese police will have one of the most modern mobile communications systems in Europe and, indeed, the world. The Marconi system will provide high-level call security, mobile access to central databases and organisational and operational flexibility to deliver high efficiency to the police forces.”

Marconi says the multimillion pounds sterling contract confirms the importance of the Tetra standard in mobile radio markets. In Portugal it will be the first step in establishing a national network for emergency services spanning the country. Tetra combines the features of digital cellular mobile radio, wireless data and paging with national coverage, high voice quality and instant set-up. It offers faster data speeds than anything available in mobile communications and its combination of performance, features and facilities is claimed to be unique.

Horacio Carvalho, Chairman of the HLC Telecomunicacoes e Multimedia organisation that placed the Portuguese contract, said: “The Portuguese police will be one of the first forces in Europe and the world to take advantage of Tetra and there is no doubt it will help them in their fight against crime.”

The order follows another placed on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Oil company to design, instal, test, commission and support an 800 MHz digital mobile communications network based on the Tetra standard. Marconi has also had success with its Tetra-standard equipment in Singapore, Croatia and Russia.

For details contact Alvin Stanton-Jones, Marconi Communications on telephone (011) 318 1308 or fax (011) 318 1709.





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