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11 April, 2017 - 15:56 By Tony Quested

German powerhouse builds on long-term alliance with Sepura

Germany Lignite mining Sepura

RWE Power, one of Germany's leading enterprises in energy production and generation, has signed a 10-year managed services contract for its existing Sepura TETRA network in Cologne – heralding another decade of collaboration for the two companies.

The contract will see round-the-clock TETRA network support for the company’s site at Rhenish lignite mining area – the largest lignite coalfield in Europe.

It will include the delivery, installation and commissioning of a system upgrade comprising a central node, 24 base stations, a non-redundant emergency base station and in-house repeaters. The updated system will be fully IP-based.

The original system, installed in 2006, utilises more than 3000 Sepura radios; users will experience no downtime throughout the upgrade process.

“We have a long history with RWE Power,” said Hooman Safaie, Sepura's regional director for DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

“With a lignite coal production of more than 90 million tonnes and a power generation of around 70 billion kwh per year at the Rhenish lignite mining area alone, the company is a giant in its field. It is gratifying that they have placed their trust in us once again.

“This contract marks the beginning of a new kind of relationship. It will allow us to improve the performance, predictability and quality of RWE Power’s network services, whilst meeting its evolving communication needs over the coming years.”

Werner Hoss, RWE Power’s Division manager, telecommunications, added: “Sepura has been a reliable TETRA system supplier and service provider for us over the last decade. They have a deep understanding of the technical requirements of our industry and I am satisfied that this new agreement will ensure cost-effective onsite communications for the next 10 years.”

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