Second Phase of European Public-Safety Broadband Tender Begins
Monday, July 06, 2020 | Comments

The second phase of the pan-European public-safety broadband communications tender called Broadway Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) began 6 July. Astrid, the lead procurer of the BroadWay PCP, signed contracts with three successful consortia for the solution prototype phase.

Airbus, Frequentis and Leonardo lead the three consortia, and a total of 32 European companies are participating, including key mobile and satellite operators: PrioCom, Telefonica, Eutelsat, Proximus, T-Mobile, Telespazio and Vodaphone. Many subject matter experts (SMEs) are providing knowledge, innovative and expert security as well test and application skills.

Rohill was part of the initial phase of the procurement, but was not named as a phase two participant.

For phase two, each consortium has been awarded about €1.4 million (US$1.6 million) to develop BroadWay prototypes during the next 10 months, including an initial demonstration to the BroadWay group of procurers in November. The final BroadWay prototypes will be tested and evaluated in the second quarter of 2021. A subsequent competition will then be held to award a further €1.5 million (US$1.7 million) to each of the two remaining consortia, which will be tasked with deploying final TRL8 pilot systems by 2022 for the third and final pilot phase of the project.

The evaluation of the prototype solutions carried out by the group of procurers will be supported by the practitioner evaluation team, a group of public-safety responders representing all disciplines from across Europe and is led by the Bavarian Red Cross.

The BroadWay prototypes and pilots will give a real view on the technical possibility to realize operational mobility; the capability for public-safety responders to access and share information wherever they are and wherever they need to, with assured confidence in the security, availability and continuity of their services as they are mobile. This provides European responders with new and fundamental mobile communication capability, to build closer collaboration to fight against crime and terrorism and save more lives when disaster hits.

Work has already begun in recent months to prepare for BroadNet. BroadNet will procure and operate a live pan-European system, interconnecting national mobile broadband systems after the BroadWay PCP. Discussions are ongoing on how to structure future pan-European agreements necessary for effective pan-European governance of BroadNet. The BroadWay group of procurers will start discussions across their national government departments for the support needed. Initial discussions have taken place with the European Commission and the European Investment Bank to explore possible financing options.

The group of procurers includes 11 ministries or their delegated agency responsible for providing public-safety communication capabilities in their countries. They provide mobile communication services to 1.4 million responders across Europe. The countries involved in the BroadWay PCP include Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Romania and Spain.

Public Safety Communication Europe Forum (PSCE) coordinates BroadWay PCP and received funding from the European Commission Horizon 2020 program grant No. 786912.

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On 8/5/20, Alex Balba said:
since Germany is not involved in the BroadWay PCP why is the Bavarian Red Cross leadind the evaluation team Out of charity perhaps...


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