UK Coastguard invests in new radio network

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is investing in a new radio network Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is investing over £170 million in a new radio network built and maintained by telent Technology Services.

The programme will replace old existing copper telephone wiring with modern fibre-based technology to each of the HM Coastguards 155 remote radio sites, as well as adding new connection points to increase resilience and diversity which will in turn improve reliability.

Commercial and programmes director, Damien Oliver, is the senior responsible officer for the programme. He said the upgrade was a vitally important investment, ‘without which Her Majesty’s Coastguard simply could not fulfil its role in protecting life on the coast and in our waters into the future.’

The new network will ensure HM Coastguard can continue to communicate with ships in UK waters, track shipping through ships’ automatic identification systems, launch and direct lifeboats and communicate with HM Coastguard helicopters, fixed wing planes and emergency tugs.

Benefit to remote towns

A future benefit of the programme will also see remote towns and villages being able to use the new fibre infrastructure to access improved technology services.

As network provision is not part of the Maritime Coastguard Agency’s core capability, a market leading specialist organisation will be used to install and run the new network under a managed service support contract.

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