The UK are planning to move away from TETRA for all public service and emergency communications and develop a 4G alternative system. This new technology is far from ready for the planned changeover and the UK Government have issued an interesting Parliamentary report on the matter. Whilst this is a long report it may well be of interest to all those Amateurs involved in Emergency Radio Communications.
When the Internet is down and the telephone network is out of action and you have an emergency in your location - the only way left for reliable communication is the use of Radio. If only more Governments and Local Authorities would recognise this and support the development of Amateur Radio communication! Campbell River Authorities have clearly recognised this and now is the call for more people to learn about radio.
It was agreed in 2015 that the UK would move from it's national TETRA service for Emergency and Government Services communications and develop a service using the company EE and it's 4G network. After years of silence on this issue EE how now requested that OFCOM considers changes to their frequency allocations to accommodate the new service. The OFCOM consultation document is now available and welcomes comments from spectrum users.