back to article Motorola benefits from delays in the UK's emergency services network, says govt

The UK's Home Office has admitted Motorola has "very significantly benefited" from the delay to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) because it also profits from the extension of the current Airwave communication network used by police, fire brigades and the like. In a submission to the country's deals watchdog, the …

  1. Howard Sway Silver badge

    the financial incentives on Motorola to leverage its position have increased

    That's a nice way of saying that the sheer stupidity and incompetence of the government has resulted in a permanent river of taxpayers money flowing into the disaster they've created, in a desperate attempt to salvage the project, which may still fail anyway.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: the financial incentives on Motorola to leverage its position have increased

      Lessons have been learned and the fire service contract has been given to Bob's Flammable Liquids Matches sales and Arsonists LTD

  2. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

    What a moniker!

    -> the country's deals watchdog

    Shouldn't it be wheels and deals? How about the you scratch my back I'll scratch yours watchdog?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's not like anyone working there was saying that this would be done before 2030

    ESN isn't something you want to get wrong.

    The whole thing should have been a supplemental data network, which could have been field tested as a supplemental system, and then had voice systems added later - as and when they were ready.

  4. Coastal cutie

    And in other news, bears do smelly things in woods and the Pope is the head of a worldwide religion

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thank you, Sir Humphrey....

    "Due to the delay in the delivery of the ESN network, the opportunity for additional competitive interactions arose; however, as these interactions were unforeseen both when the Airwave PFI and other contracts were agreed and when the ESN Lot 2 contract was agreed, the nature of those commercial relationships and other relevant features of the market has meant that Motorola has very significantly benefited from delay, increasing its unilateral market power in the process."

    WTF ?? You mean idiots in government with no foresight have been screwed over by an industrial company with a monopoly on the technology?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Thank you, Sir Humphrey....

      Correct. As predicted by many people in the Register comments section at the time....

  6. Vadiba

    How long will the Gov be able to repeat the mantra that 'it provides good value for money' ? The emergency services want a system that works, the PAC and others have criticised it, virtually from day 1. It's been a debacle and a colossal waste of money from the start.

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