Public Services

ESN showing signs of life

Robert Stoneman Published 27 March 2018

New research from GlobalData

 

Ongoing technical difficulties have left the beleaguered Emergency Service Network (ESN) an estimated fifteen month behind schedule, with the transition from Airwave to EE's commercial 4G network postponed to 2019 at the earliest. But never fear: the annual BAPCO emergency services conference was informed this week that the programme will adopt a more "agile" delivery model going forward, a word that was also mooted at the recent Public Accounts Committee hearing into ESN.

Fresh details on approach and timescales will give the emergency services a bit more clarity, although they will still harbour major concerns about the financial impact of delays on an already cash-strapped sector. Indeed, the NAO estimated a twelve-month Airwave extension could cost as much as £475m.

For further analysis, take a look at GlobalData's just-published Major Programme Update for ESN (subscribers only).

 

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