European PMR Operator Expands to U.K. with DMR Network
Monday, October 20, 2014 | Comments

Entropia Digital, a European commercial professional mobile radio (PMR) operator, announced its expansion into the Greater London area with a new Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier 3 network for business users. This DMR network brings the number of Entropia networks to three, joining TETRA networks in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Entropia’s networks are designed for business users and provide all the equipment and services needed, including mobile radios. The company touts that users need digital trunking voice and data but can no longer invest in the infrastructure required to meet their needs.

Tait Communications signed a long-term agreement to provide the DMR network, including terminals and technical support. Entropia will deploy a minimum of 200 sites with Tait infrastructure to provide coverage across the U.K. for thousands of portable and mobile users, said Philip Vercruysse, Entropia founder and CEO.

The network rollout will begin in London before expanding to the southeast and other key metropolitan areas, including Birmingham, Manchester and north to Scotland. Support will be provided 24/7 through Tait’s U.K. services partner Magdalene.

The TETRA network in Belgium is supplied by Rohde & Schwarz, while the TETRA network in the Netherlands is a Motorola Solutions network. The Netherlands’ network is the largest commercial TETRA network in the country and had a full upgrade in August 2014 to Motorola’s TETRA Dimetra 8.1. In addition, the network is equipped with double high redundant IP TETRA network switches that are geographically separated. The network is supported via TetraNed.

The PMR voice communications for all three systems include group conversation, multiple groups, individual call, selective call, emergency call and telephone connection. Data communications include status service, short data service and package data communications. The company also offers paging in the Netherlands.

Additionally, the company offers control room software, ComBus, to aid communications between groups of mobile workers and a central control room or dispatch center. Entropia offers customers a digital gateway between the Entropia network and conventional networks.

The PMR operator features an extensive business partner channel to serve its markets, said Vercruysse. The business partners act as a service point for the private mobile radio, and end customers can connect to the partners to connect to the network, as well as for accessories and maintenance. The extensive number of radio dealers and the large number of local systems with limited capacity and wide-area coverage helped Entropia select the U.K. to be its third country to invest in, Entropia’s website said.

In an article on the company’s website, Entropia said it finances the radios for the customers of the partners, and the partners receive a commission on the radio per month. While Entropia finances the radios, the partners will install, commission and program them, as well as sell some accessories and options.

Subscriptions are available in five packages based on functionality and feature requirements as well as where coverage is needed — wide area or local area.

Network users are often transportation, utilities, local authorities, security agencies and amber light/emergency services, Vercruysse said. The TETRA networks combined coverage is more than 60,000 square kilometers, and the DMR network will be around 5,000 square kilometers within the next few months, he said. Coverage maps for all three countries can be viewed on the company’s website.

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