Telstra and Tait continue partnership with Fleetcoms upgrade

"The successful continuation of a long-term partnership" is how Brett Smythe, Managing Director of Tait Radio Communications Asia Pacific, describes Telstra's decision to choose Tait to upgrade its national Fleetcoms trunked network.

Telstra announced the upgrade of an MPT 1327 network will replace the existing switching infrastructure with new Tait nodes.

Telstra Fleetcoms provides virtual Australia-wide coverage to two-way radio users working in utilities, government and general business sectors. The network features 105 base station sites throughout Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. This upgrade will see Tait supply five new nodes to complement the existing five nodes on the Victoria StateNet Mobile Radio (SMR) network to enable the network to support 624 channels.

Tait has already provided the TaitNet MPT 1327 trunked SMR network, which features118 sites and 569 channels. The centrepiece of Tait's solution for the SMR trunked network upgrade is the innovative gateway interface built between the Nokia Actionet and TaitNet MPT 1327 trunked radio networks.

Brett Smythe says the Fleetcoms upgrade is a chance to build on an already-successful partnership between Tait and Telstra to supply reliable radio communications throughout the Victorian state.

"MPT 1327 trunked solutions continue to provide excellent long term return on investment for radio users – it is an open standard that provides users with the choice of several providers for networks and radio terminals. The technology offering is modern, able to accommodate essential voice services and data applications and it is still one of the most reliable land mobile radio technologies available today," says Mr Smythe.

MPT 1327 is a proven technology with users including North American electrical distribution organisations such as Basin Electric Power Cooperative to European public transport providers like London Buses.

"The upgraded SMR network offers increased functionality, greater security, and improved voice quality and channel capacity. Now many commercial and government radios on the SMR and Fleetcoms networks will have access to many of these features which are improving the communications of public safety organisations in Victoria."

* Telstra is a telecommunications and information services organisation that operates public access trunked mobile radio networks in five Australian states.

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