Rollout of Nationwide TETRA Network Renewal in the Netherlands Delayed
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Comments

The renewal of the Netherlands’ C2000 TETRA network is delayed, according to a letter from Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus.

The migration of the country’s pager network was completed in June. The migration of the voice network was planned for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The results of a number of integration and company tests were inadequate, resulting in the probability of delivery delays, the letter said. Because of the technical innovation, network size and inherent complexity, the delay is not unexpected, the letter said.

Only by deleting a number of crucial steps in the follow-up process, such as implementing a pilot for migration and user acceptance tests, can the migration still take place this year. Emergency services users advised taking sufficient time to perfect and test the new network, and Grapperhaus endorsed the recommendations.

The postponement of the migration has consequences for longer use of the existing network, which is stable. In January 2019, maintenance will take place on the existing network by Nokia, in collaboration with King and Hartman.

The postponement of the migration leads to costs for the longer use of the current C2000 system. In addition, this results in maintenance costs, and the savings that will be realized with the new system will occur later. Finally, this can lead to additional costs for closing emergency room locations within the framework of the control room merger to keep it operational. It can now be expected that these expenses will be incurred, however, within the available C2000 budget.

The minister said he asked Xebia to perform a security audit on the technical communications solution from Hytera Mobilfunk as part of the renewal of C2000. “In addition, I am in conversation with the National Bureau Connection Security (NBV) from the AIVD to advise me on this,” the letter said. “I will take appropriate measures when appropriate.”

The postponement of the migration also has consequences for the progress of merging control rooms, specifically new control rooms in Haarlem and Den Bosch. The infrastructure of these new control rooms is already in place for the new C2000 system. The exact consequences for the later control rooms in the C2000 migration will be mapped out by the police.

Five of the 10 control room locations — Maastricht, Drachten, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam — have merged. The mergers in Den Bosch and Haarlem were planned for the end of this year and early next year, but they could be affected by the radio system delay.

In 2015, Hytera Mobilfunk signed the first contract for the renewal of the C2000 TETRA nationwide network.

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