Second Procurement Phase of Virve 2.0 Project Begins
Friday, October 16, 2020 | Comments

The second procurement phase of the Virve public-safety network’s renewal started in early October. During that phase, operator Erillisverkot will purchase mission-critical services for the Virve 2.0 system.

“Mission-critical services is an entity that consists of server software running in the equipment rooms of Erillisverkot Group, applications installed on users’ mobile and fixed devices, and management applications related to these services,” said Ari Toivonen, development manager of Erillisverkot.

The service package to be purchased will operate on top of a core network from Ericsson and radio service from Elisa, which were both purchased in spring 2020. The emerging broadband information and communications technology (ICT) entity will offer similar services as the current Virve service, as well as some new services and interfaces to external systems.

In the first stage of the procurement, applications for participation were requested. Based on those applications, supplier candidates were selected. The final request for quotation will be sent following negotiations with the selected candidates. It is estimated that the procurement contract with the selected supplier will be signed in autumn 2021.

After the integration and testing phase of the services, safety authorities and other mission-critical actors will have access to these new communications services through the prioritized mobile broadband Virve 2.0 service by Erillisverkot during 2022.

In September, Erillisverkot released a request for information (RFI) on end-user devices for the Virve 2.0 network.

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