The 4G Emergency Services Network will eventually be used by Ambulance, fire and police services across the UK
Britain’s long-awaited 4G Emergency Services Network (ESN) is now reportedly 5 years behind schedule and £3 billion over budget.
BT’s mobile subsidiary EE initially won the contract to build the 4G ESN in 2015, with a proposed launch date of 2017. The latest estimates by a government watchdog charged with overseeing the rollout, involves a launch date of December 2022.
The total budget for the project has now risen to £9.3 billion – £3.1 billion more than originally planned.
"The success of the Emergency Services Network is critical to the day-to-day operations of our emergency services that keep us all safe," said Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office.
"The Home Office needs a comprehensive plan with a realistic timetable that properly considers risks and uncertainties.
"It has already been through one costly reset and is in danger of needing another unless it gets it’s house in order."
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