Vertel rolls out first national Tier lll Digital Mobile Radio network


Vertel LogoAustralian Telecommunications carrier Vertel has announced the national roll out of its new Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier lll open standard trunked radio network and has completed the first phase. Vertel has been designing and testing this network for the last 12 months and, after a vigorous multi-vendor evaluation, selected Tait Communications to help deliver this network, the first of its kind in Australia.

Digital DMR networks enable a host of features to streamline operations, which will be especially beneficial to companies and public sector organisations operating across both regional and metro areas. In the first phase of the roll-out plan, the Vertel DMR Tier lll network will support Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and the surrounding regions. In the next phase, the network will roll out in Melbourne and Perth, and ultimately grow to form a national network. The core infrastructure connecting this network is Vertel’s carrier grade MEF certified network, bringing mission critical standards to a commercial offering.

An industry leader over the past 40 years, Vertel has been a pioneer in two-way radio networks in Australia and will carry that legacy into a new era. Recent research commissioned by the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association found that the conservative value of the LMR industry is between $2 billion and $4 billion each year, with almost 40 percent of the value derived from the Emergency Services sector.

According to the research, 55 percent of the respondents regarded LMR as critical and essential for their business operations. The report also found that 87 percent of users strongly felt that digital technologies would form an important part of future LMR requirements, the technologies which the DMR standard enables. Networks based on the DMR standard offer a greatly improved two-way radio experience that yields operational benefits and efficiencies through clear communications, safety features and wide area coverage.

Providing consistent coverage across large geographic areas, the new Vertel DMR Tier lll network supports a range of applications and features. These include messaging, man down alarms and GPS tracking which ensure the safety of lone or remote workers, making this a critical network for remote construction crews and public sector workers in the field.

Andrew Findlay, Managing Director, Vertel said, “We are proud to bring two-way radio into the digital age. Over the next 2 to 3 years, we plan to expand our DMR network to significantly exceed the current range of our analogue MPT network. To help construct the DMR network, we selected Tait after a rigorous trial and testing process. Their proven experience in large scale open standard networks and depth of local support makes them the perfect partner for this landmark project.”

Enterprises do not need to replace their entire fleet of radios to access the Vertel DMR Tier lll network because multi-mode radios work on both analogue and digital networks. This allows companies to migrate gradually and cost effectively from analogue to digital, a requirement highlighted as critical by Vertel’s large customer base. The open standard nature of the Vertel DMR Tier lll network creates a greater flexibility between terminals and applications from multiple vendors, giving much greater choice to the end users.

Brett Smythe, General Manager for Tait Asia-Pacific said, “We are excited to partner with Vertel in bringing a national open standards based DMR network to Australia. This open-standard technology will allow Vertel customers a greater freedom of choice and flexibility when migrating from the analogue network. Time and again our technology proves its value to clients across the globe.”

Vertel DMR Tier lll Capabilities

The DMR Tier III standard supports applications and features such as:

  • SMS and email messaging
  • Greater voice clarity
  • Telephone interconnectivity
  • Data encryption
  • Easy migration and scalability
  • GPS location and tracking
  • Lone working and man down alarms
  • Data transfer
  • Telemetry functionality
  • Job ticketing and messaging
  • Event and voice recording

About Vertel

We are a telecommunications carrier specialising in the design, build and operation of next generation network infrastructure and associated services. As an independent Australian company, we have over 40 years’ experience delivering network services to Government, Enterprise and Service Provider customers. We specialise in delivering carrier grade and alternate telecommunications infrastructure in fringe metro, regional and remote Australia.

Our vision is to enable smarter, healthier and safer Australian communities through the provision of next generation telecommunications infrastructure and associated network services. Unlike most carriers and service providers, we are focusing on areas that lack critical communications infrastructure. The lack of investment in infrastructure in fringe metro, regional and remote areas of Australia has resulted in real challenges for these once important areas of our country.

We are focused on how businesses and government departments can use broadband services to drastically change the provision of education, health, community services and public safety. It’s not the most conventional vision. But it’s one that we’re excited about.

About Tait

Our clients protect communities, power cities, move citizens, harness resources and save lives all over the world. We work with them to create and support the critical communication solutions they depend on to do their jobs.

Digital wireless communication forms the central nervous system of everything we do. Around this resilient, robust core we design, develop, manufacture, test, deploy, support and manage innovative communication environments for organisations that have to put their total trust in the systems and people they work with.

We’ve worked hard to develop genuine insight into our clients’ worlds, and have pursued engineering, operational and services excellence for more than 40 years. This understanding, and our belief in championing open-standards technology, means we can give our clients the best possible choice and value.

The Windsor Place Consulting Report titled – Valuing mission critical radio services: A study of the economic value of land mobile radio spectrum in Australia – commissioned by the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association, is available for download from here.


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