Nepal Deploys First TETRA Network in Tribhuvan International Airport
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Comments

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, installed Nepal’s first TETRA network, providing airport users and security teams with a comprehensive critical communications solution.

Following a thorough evaluation process and competitive tender, airport authorities chose Sepura TETRA radios supported by Teltronic’s Nebula TETRA infrastructure. The chosen solution matched the airport’s need for a scalable communications system, offering flexibility for varied work groups, with encryption to ensure security and robust radios with a long working life.

The airport serves as an international hub for more than 30 domestic and international airlines and saw more than 7 million passengers passing through in 2018, with future increases expected. Situated in Kathmandu Valley, the airport features a passenger terminal, plus extensive outdoor maintenance facilities, parking areas and other large buildings.

The entire site is covered by the new TETRA network, ensuring that airport workers and security personnel are in constant communications with the control rooms. The airport authorities recognized the need to replace the airport’s analog radio system and identified a number of key requirements, higher security standards and built-in scalability to allow additional users and the integration of other airport technology.

The radios can connect to the airport’s Wi-Fi service, enabling integration with existing airport data and control systems. Allied to Teltronic’s infrastructure, the radios’ high transmitter power extends coverage where lower power radios struggle. This is a key feature of the security capability for the airport, ensuring that users based in remote locations, underground facilities or within large building are kept in touch with the control room.

“The deployment of a TETRA network allows the airport to coordinate the day-to-day operations of its various work teams and provides a higher level of service to both passengers and airlines,” said Manohar Rajbhandari, Dy., director at the Tribhuvan International Airport Civil Aviation Office. “The benefits of a reliable, high-quality network using radios that connect everyone, everywhere, are evident throughout airport operations. Fleets of staff carrying out daily maintenance and cleaning can work in synchronization with airline personnel, security and luggage handlers to keep the flow of passengers and flights moving.”

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