Motorola teams with local partners in rollout of multi-million dollar advanced comms net in NZ

Motorola Solutions is joining key local partners to provide a multi-million dollar advanced communications network in New Zealand, in a bid to improve safety and productivity for NZ businesses.

The new network, which is based on Australia’s Orion Network, will be powered by Motorola’s MOTOTRBO Capacity Max capability. Features include a set of converged voice, data and video applications that integrate with mobile networks.

“The network rollout has begun in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and will be extended nationwide by 2020,” a spokesperson for the company told Telecom Times. “It will also provide trans-Tasman connections linking the Orion network in NZ with all Australian states.”

Motorola Solutions ANZ GM of radio channel Dan Leppos said the network – to be established in association with radio network operators and critical comms specialists CSE Genesis, a division of CSE New Zealand, and TL Parker – marked a major advancement for the company in New Zealand.

“With New Zealand’s services sector continuing to thrive and strong employment and GPD growth forecast in coming years, advanced communications will be essential to securing the country’s long-term prosperity,” Leppos said. “New Zealand’s Orion network and OC3 suite of advanced applications draws on our successful partnership in delivering Australia’s largest commercial digital two-way radio network.”

“Each year we invest around US$500 million in research and development to deliver purpose-built technology for mission critical industries. New Zealand’s commercial organisations will benefit from that investment by accessing the Orion network,” he said.

CSE New Zealand Managing Director, Harry Singh, said the network would meet the needs of any organisation with industrial and critical infrastructure.

“The infrastructure includes a nationwide radio communications network that can connect with other public and private broadband LTE and Wi-Fi networks, creating a bridge between data and voice services,” he said.

“The network will enable users to access a single platform of technologies to unify workgroups across their entire operations, regardless of the device they carry or where they are located.” Singh said.

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