ESN Coverage Testing Begins
Monday, November 26, 2018 | Comments

The U.K. Emergency Service Network (ESN) started testing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) public-safety network with the first ESN product, ESN Assure, across England and Wales, according to a LinkedIn post.

One hundred mobile devices, the first of several phases of testing to be supplied to police, fire and ambulance staff, feature an app that allows users to test signal coverage of the new dedicated 4G mobile network and provide feedback on the results.

Emergency services staff in the North East, South West, the West Midlands and Wales will now test the 4G mobile network, provided by EE, from a variety of locations in their areas. Their reports will inform how coverage can be further improved before the program moves onto the next stage of delivery.

ESN is planned to replace the TETRA-based Airwave network currently used by the emergency services.

The next stage of the program will be a pilot of ESN Connect, a subscriber identity module (SIM)-only data plan designed to provide fast, secure and reliable data connectivity for vehicles and device-to-device connectivity.

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