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The United Kingdom’s Emergency Services Mobile Communications Program (ESMCP) will replace the communication service currently delivered by Airwave, which was criticized following the July 7, 2005 attacks on London transport.
The new national mobile communication service for all three emergency services and other organizations that use the Airwave service will be called the Emergency Services Network (ESN). It is a cross-government program hosted by the Home Office which said ESN will take advantage of the latest mobile technologies to provide a national critical voice and broadband data services.
According to HS Today the three emergency services have been closely involved in developing an understanding of future operational needs as well as defining requirements to provide a system appropriate for the future, especially where data is expected to dominate communications. ESMCP will be working closely with all relevant parties to ensure there is minimal loss of operational capacity during transition to the new system.