O2 Airwave Wins Ambulance Deal

O2 wins £90M contract to provide communications service to all Ambulance Trusts in England

July 19, 2005

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LONDON -- O2 Airwave today announced that it has been successful in its bid to provide a communications service to all Ambulance Trusts in England. The total value of the contract for network access and the provision and integration of equipment is approximately £390 million over 13 years. When the system is installed, patients will benefit from reliable voice and data services that will enhance the scope of care delivery by paramedics at incident scenes and help to improve ambulance response times.

The Scottish Ambulance Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust are scheduled to make a decision on the choice of their new communications solution in the near future.

Airwave, the national digital radio communications network dedicated to the emergency services, has already been rolled out to all 51 geographical police forces in England, Scotland and Wales. O2 Airwave is also shortlisted for the Fire Service national contract. If all the mainland Ambulance and Fire services subsequently adopt the Airwave service, they will join an existing 150,000 Police users. With 78 other Public Safety related organisations already signed up to the service, the potential number of UK users is now well in excess of a quarter of a million.

The new communications solution for the English Ambulance Trusts will give them up-to-date digital, secure and crystal-clear voice calls. Airwave also makes it possible to deliver a wide range of highly resilient and secure data services to front-line ambulances. In addition to emergency and routine private communications, paramedics and control room operators will be able to talk directly with police at the scene of an incident when it is operationally beneficial.

The Health Minister, Lord Warner, stated: "This new digital service will help deliver better patient care by enabling ambulances to communicate more effectively, improve interfaces with hospitals and increase interoperability with the wider NHS.

"The service will provide a faster, more reliable service - facilitating improved safety and support for NHS staff, increase security and enable a better response to major incidents through improved response time and interoperability between emergency services."

O2 Ltd.

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