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Public Telecommunications Systems

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has made an assessment of the merits of merging the Airwave network with the London Secure Communications Network before the London 2012 Olympics. (289369)

The additional communications requirements for the Olympics have been identified for all emergency services and drawn together into a single requirement. These enhancements are on schedule to be delivered for the 2012 Olympic games.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the emergency telecommunications support network will be operational before the London 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement. (289371)

The enhancements to the emergency services’ Airwave radio system required for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games are currently on schedule.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the (a) capacity, (b) coverage and (c) resilience which the Airwave network will have by the time of the 2012 Olympics. (289372)

As part of the Home Office-led 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Safety and Security Programme, operational requirements for additional Airwave capacity and coverage for the 2012 Games have been captured for all emergency services.

These, together with data about the current capacity and coverage of the Airwave system, have formed the basis for negotiations with the supplier regarding enhancements to the Airwave network for the Olympics. Some additional resilience is planned for critical elements as part of this Olympic enhancement.