Sepura steps in to Macedonia with major contract win
Sepura has won a major order to supply digital TETRA radios to the Police of the Republic of Macedonia, under a contract between its Distributor 3T Tech and the country’s Ministry of the Interior.
This order forms part of a large-scale reform of all branches of the police service in the Balkan state including a new TETRA network funded by the European Union.
State police in urban and rural areas and the Border Police will use the radios to give secure, continuous, instant and clear communication.
The landlocked state has encountered problems along its borders where mountainous and sparsely populated terrain has made it a target for illegal immigration and smuggling of drugs, weapons, alcohol and tobacco.
Nearly 4000 radios will be supplied including SRH3800 sGPS™ handheld radios and SRG3500 vehicle radios which include Gateway functionality to ensure continuous reception in blackspots of network coverage. All handheld and some of the vehicle radios will benefit from GPS to locate each police officer or vehicle using the TETRA radio.
The European Agency for Reconstruction funded the overall TETRA project at a cost of 9 million, where Siemens, in partnership with Rohde and Schwarz, implemented the TETRA network.
Kenneth Hubner, Sepura’s Regional Sales Director, said: “This is another major step forward for Sepura and follows other recent sales wins in Eastern Europe including Bulgaria and Hungary.”
Zarko Lenardic, of 3Tech, Slovenia, said: “The quality of the radios and the first-class customer support that Sepura offers contributed to winning the order.”
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Sepura plc is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of TETRA digital radios, used predominantly by the emergency services around the world and in the transport, utilities and local government sectors. It is the market leader in 20 countries.
The TETRA standard was developed mainly for public safety professionals. It facilitates reliable radio communication at all times and offers secure voice and data – free from the possibility of eavesdropping.
Founded in the UK in 2002, Sepura has rapidly expanded across the world with a network of 60+ regional partners that sell and support locally its market-leading products in over 80 countries.
It joined the main list of the London Stock Exchange in August 2007 and in the year ending March 2007, generated revenues of 52m and EBITDA of 12m.
Sepura’s development expertise is focused entirely on TETRA radio terminals, and the company offers the broadest range of TETRA products available. It is often first to market with innovative products and features and is the world market leader in the supply of surveillance and other specialist TETRA radios and accessories.
TETRA is the acronym for TErrestrial Trunked RAdio, a world-wide standard for digital private mobile radios developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). TETRA has the advantage of being spectrum efficient whilst also offering the end user improved voice quality, secure encrypted communication and comprehensive data capabilities.