Home Office Releases Coverage Testing Tender for ESN
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | Comments

The U.K. Home Office released a tender to test coverage of the nationwide Emergency Services Network (ESN), which will be built on EE’s commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The coverage assurance solution will include application and server services, data collection and access services, development services, training and support services, and additional optional and associated services, the tender said.

The solution will specifically test coverage via data collected from a coverage app provided by the supplier and installed onto devices provisioned to operate either on the commercial 4G network or the ESN and deployed in the field, and/or via drive test and walk test services.

The network will be configured to give priority to emergency services, then other critical user organizations and then other consumers. The tender specifically requests:
• A commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) 4G application capable of testing the 4G commercial network of all mobile network providers and hosted on a server
• 150 individual user accounts and 50 simultaneous user logins for access to all software analysis and reporting of the coverage app solution
• Development of the COTS application to allow capability for the testing of ESN once ESN is available
• Drive test and walk test services for both 4G commercial and ESN as directed by the authority
• Provision of a helpdesk to support and maintain of all components of the supplier solution
• Training including training materials on application use and reporting; reporting will cover the level of coverage being experienced
• Full reporting function on all tests carried out

The bidder also must consider three optional services. The first option is for 1,000 4G devices. Option two is for a hosting service of the server and drive test server either on the supplier’s own server/storage environment or hosted within an alternative U.K.-based cloud service. The final option is for perceptual objective listening quality assessment (POLQA) voice testing using a subset of about 50 ESN devices taken from the total population of up to 2,500 deployed ESN devices.

The four-year contract is subject to renewal. Tenders are due 24 April. The full tender is here.

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