英国内政部要求澄清部署ESN的时间表、成本

英国内政部官员预计将于下周向议会一个委员会更清楚地说明紧急服务网络的发展进展情况。紧急服务网络是一个拖延已久的公共安全LTE网络,预计将超出预算数十亿美元

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公共账户委员会主席梅格·希利尔9月16日写给内政部常务秘书马修·瑞克罗夫特的信中说,委员会对9月10日听证会上提供的有关ESN计划关键方面的不明确和不完整的证据感到失望

英国内政部官员预计将于下周向议会一个委员会更清楚地说明紧急服务网络(ESN)的发展进展情况。紧急服务网络是一个拖延已久的公共安全LTE网络,预计将超出预算数十亿美元

这样的拖延给英国政府和当地的第一反应机构带来了重大的预算问题,这些机构正试图决定何时应该将资金用于购买LTE设备,而不是投资于额外的TETRA设备

 

 

英文译文:

United Kingdom (UK) Home Office officials are expected to provide greater clarity next week to a Parliament committee about progress in the development of the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the much-delayed public-safety LTE network that is projected to be several billion dollars over budget.

“We are still concerned about the continuing uncertainty surrounding costs, delivery dates and user engagement, which indicates that the [ESN] program is not yet on a sound footing,” according to Hillier’s letter.

Such delays create significant budgetary issues, both for the UK government and for local first-responder agencies that are trying to determine when they should direct funds toward buying LTE equipment as opposed to investing in additional TETRA gear. “the annual cost of extending Airwave further, beyond the currently expected date of December 2022; “how many handsets will be available to the emergency services users by the end of the nine-month period of operational trials.”

“The longer Airwave is maintained, the more costs rise,” Hillier states in her letter.

“We are concerned that the program will face a major challenge in increasing usage from this level to all emergency services personnel, who will need more than 270,000 ESN connections according to the 2019 National Audit Office report,” the Hillier letter states. “The schedule for delivering increased numbers of handsets was not clear in our discussions.”

But that timeline has not been met, and other public-safety LTE systems—the FirstNet system in the U.S. and the SafeNet system in South Korea—have gained real-world usage more rapidly. However, those non-ESN systems are not specifically designed to replace LMR communications, which public-safety officials have acknowledged is very difficult challenge for an LTE system, for a variety of reasons.

 

 

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