Commercial TETRA Network in Belgium, The Netherlands Offers New Services, Coverage
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Comments

Customers in the four largest municipalities in the Netherlands have used the Entropia TETRA digital communications network for logistics and security services for years, and the 20 largest municipalities will also have Entropia services.

Entropia, which services both public-safety customers and professional users, also builds emergency room dispatching applications under the brand name ComBus. ComBus supports application programming interface (API) connections to third-party applications and passes network data to customers’ premises. The control room development is unique and satisfies mission-critical communication requirements within Belgium and the Netherlands, said Philip Vercruysse, Entropia CEO.

The Entropia network offers national coverage in the Netherlands, Flanders and Brussels, covering more than 70,000 square kilometers. More than 15 tunnels and car parks are also covered, and windmill offshore areas are also equipped with Entropia TETRA coverage. The company equipped specific industrial regions in Belgium and the Netherlands, such as all the ports of Belgium, the Netherlands and beyond, with indoor coverage.

The Entropia group also introduced a mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) service under the name ComBus PTT. The MCPTT service allows users to communicate via 4G and later 5G and interfaces with Entropia's TETRA network. Entropia users can now also use broadband services in combination with the mission-critical TETRA network services.

The MCPTT service is Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) compliant and uses multiple georedundant dedicated virtual machine (VM) platforms connected to the 3GPP operators via fiber.

“The MCPTT via multiple 4G and 5G networks has a more appropriate business-critical name, but the two applications on the Entropia network together serve as mission-critical services,” Entropia said in a statement.

Entropia Critical Concepts, which celebrates its 29th anniversary this year, is a mobile telecommunications network in Flanders and the Netherlands used for professional mission-critical and business communications. The networks consist of more than 450 antenna masts, each mast being connected via digital connections. The network is intended for professional and mission-critical users. The Entropia monthly subscription can be purchased with or without an end device. Internet of things (IoT) services plans are underway.

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