The network, covering Europe's third largest country, will be the
world's largest shared TETRA public safety network.
A consortium, led by Saab and including Nokia and Swedia, has won a contract from the Swedish government to build a professional mobile radio network for the shared use of all Swedish public safety organizations. The consortium will provide and operate a single nationwide TETRA-based network that will replace the large number of separate systems currently in use by the Swedish authorities.
The Swedish government has allocated some 250 million euros for the for the "Radio communication for effective public safety" project (known by its Swedish acronym RAKEL). Nokia will provide its complete TETRA system, while Saab AB will carry out system integration and Swedia Networks will provide operation and system maintenance.
Nokia TETRA System will provide uniform and seamless network-wide services as well as uncompromised security. The network will have nationwide coverage, and it will be implemented in phases during 2004-2009 starting in southern Sweden, followed by the Stockholm and Gothenburg regions.
"The Swedish authority network will be the largest shared TETRA network in the world in terms of geography, and winning this deal has decidedly been a major achievement for the consortium," says Matti Peltola, Vice President, Professional Mobile Radio, Networks, Nokia.
"We are confident that our Nordic consortium is also the best choice for the citizens of Sweden. The Nokia TETRA system will enable seamless communication between the Swedish authorities, and help them in their great responsibility to the Swedish people."
Deliveries of the Nokia TETRA system, including digital TETRA
exchanges, TETRA base stations, network management system, and dispatcher workstations will begin during 2004.