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EADS Wins EUR 1 Bn National TETRA Radio Contract in Germany

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(click to view full) EADS recently announced a contract win of up to EUR 1 billion from the Procurement Office in Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior. The BOS digital radio system for German security authorities and organizations will feature EADS as prime contractor, working together with Siemens to build a nationwide TETRA digital radio network by December 31, 2010. EADS Secure Networks within the Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) Business Unit bears the responsibility for the project within EADS. TETRA? And how does this relate to the EADS “TETRAPOLBw” military radio contract win in Germany about a year ago? TETRA is an abbreviation of TErrestrial Trunked RAdio. It has been defined and approved by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and is a standard for radio communication in the same way that GSM is a mobile telephony standard. The main differences between these cellular professional mobile radio (PMR) systems and public mobile radio systems such as GSM are faster call set-up, group calls, priority calls, encryption, and ability to make direct calls without connection via a base station. TETRA was adopted by the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) as the European standard. Meanwhile, the TETRAPOL Standard has been recognized […]

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