Airwave owns and operates the biggest public safety network in the world. Established in 2000, Airwave provides mission critical communications to the emergency services and public safety organisations in the UK.
London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe welcomed the deal, 'We are now at the business end of organising the Games and our Tier Three deals are very important as we source world-class companies to provide goods and services in order to deliver truly memorable Games in 2012. Secure communication between venues and personnel at Games time will be critical to our success and Airwave has a fantastic track record in this sector and we are thrilled that they are on board.'
Airwave’s Chief Executive, Richard Bobbett, commented, 'Airwave is already the UK’s provider of secure and resilient communications for the emergency and public safety services, running the biggest TETRA communications infrastructure in the world. So everyone in Airwave is immensely proud to be chosen as a partner and supplier to the 2012 Games – the world’s largest sporting event. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees that we have been selected. We will be building a brand new standalone communications infrastructure, completely separate to the public safety system we have in place already, but using all our experience of the emergency and public safety user and their needs – this will provide personnel at the Games with the most resilient and secure communications of its kind.'
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Notes to Editors:
As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG now has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF Energy, Lloyds TSB and Nortel. There are three domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, Cadbury and Deloitte and now three domestic Tier Three Suppliers – Airwave, Atkins and Boston Consulting Group. The Worldwide Olympic Partners already signed up for 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa.