NEC Australia has been selected by the NSW Telco Authority to deliver microwave backhaul, network management systems and ongoing support, as part of the next phase of the Critical Communication Enhancement Program (CCEP).
The CCEP, which commenced in March 2016, was developed to deliver an enhanced Government radio network to improve mission critical and daily operational communications for NSW.
The way to achieve this is through the consolidation of the large number of separate radio networks that are owned and operated by various NSW Government agencies to enhance the state’s existing shared Government Radio Network (GRN).
In 2017, NEC was awarded a contract to run a pilot covering a small number of sites.
The contract just awarded to NEC will see the ICT solutions provider offer 24x7 help-desk support and advanced logistics services from its Australian technical service centres.
Specifically, NEC Australia will contribute to the CCEP’s rollout on the NSW North Coast involving approximately 87 sites as well as an additional 40 priority sites using NEC’s iPASOLINK VR ultra-compact microwave communications system and [UNMS] network management system, to facilitate interconnectivity of P25 sites.
"The new contract with the NSW Telco Authority, under the ITS 2573 scheme, builds on NEC’s work with the Authority and the successful delivery of a pilot project in the state’s north-west and reaffirms NEC’s leadership and expertise to provide reliable, carrier grade mission critical wireless solutions that will enable the NSW Government to build a secure and resilient critical communication infrastructure for emergency services,” said Krisztian Som, business manager radio solutions at NEC Australia.
NEC's PASOLINK series has been adopted for a wide range of industries, including public safety, broadcasting and internet service providers.
The NSW Telco Authority received $177.7 million to continue the CCEP for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years.
NEC Australia is one of a number of suppliers who will carry out work for CCEP under the ITS 2573 Operational Telecommunications Equipment, Infrastructure and Services Prequalification Scheme.
As previously reported by ARN, the first phase of NEC Australia’s contribution is part of the CCEP Pilot Project that covered 25 sites in NSW’s North West region.
The CCEP The program constitutes registered suppliers, those that supply low risk contracts valued up to $150,000 each; and prequalified suppliers, those that supply high risk contracts or contracts valued above $150,000 each.
Some of the prequalified suppliers signed on in 2016 include Eaton Industries, Complete Power Solutions, Fujitsu Australia, Eltek Australia, and Speedcast Australia.
Registered suppliers contracted last year include Catalyst ONE, Amalgamotion, and Electronic Asset Protection Group.