Airwave Records 276 Groups Using Network on New Year’s Eve (1/16/13)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Comments

New Year’s Eve figures released by Airwave, the U.K. public-safety communication provider, show that a total of 276 organizations were connected to the Airwave network 31 December.

Of these, 83 different organizations in London used the Airwave network on New Year’s Eve, reducing to 69 organizations the following day.

“Millions of people around the world celebrated the New Year, and in London alone, an estimated 250,000 people lined the streets,” said Martin Benke, director network operations, Airwave. “However, as with other events of this magnitude, we anticipated the increased usage on the network and worked with our customers to formulate a readiness plan.”

Airwave opened a conference bridge to enable customers to contact the provider directly. Metropolitan Police officers made around 1.2 million calls during a 12-hour period, which peaked at more than 31,000 calls between 1:45 and 2 a.m.

Around 10 p.m., the maximum number of radio users recorded on the entire network during a 15-minute slot was 58,118, with 12,301 in London. This compares with the annual Notting Hill Carnival, which has just less than 5,000 users, or during the Queen’s Jubilee Thames River Pageant, which recorded a total of 25,477 radio terminals connected to the Airwave network during the full 24-hour period 3 June.

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