The new 4G Emergency Services Network (2)

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given City Hall is itself an area of poor mobile reception, how will you ensure the new ESN works effectively in this building?


Answer for The new 4G Emergency Services Network (2)

Answer for The new 4G Emergency Services Network (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I fully support the position adopted by the police service on the issue of coverage.  The new radio system will not be accepted unless it provides coverage at least as good as that provided by the present Airwave system.  There will be considerable investment made in ensuring this level of coverage is achieved, it is not possible at this stage to give specifics about individual buildings.  MOPAC are working closely with the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police to ensure that the ESN programme is successful.  We have raised our concerns with Ministers and the Home Office, and I recognise the work of the Police and Crime Committee in their recent enquiry into the ESN system.  MOPAC has recently secured a seat on the National Programme Board to ensure our concerns are addressed.