undefinedNew Zealand Emergency Services currently use voice-centric, mostly analogue government-owned and operated networks.The new Public Safety Network will replace existing disparate radio networks with a single nationwide secure digital radio service, and prioritised commercial cellular broadband (voice, video, messaging and data) capability in urban, state highway and rural areas commonly accessed by frontline Emergency Services. Secure digital radio will provide voice and messaging services in many areas where cellular services are not available.

In the future, the Public Safety Network investment will fund the extension of existing private sector infrastructure into some non-economically viable areas where emergency services’ operate, complementing the investment the New Zealand Government has already made in the Rural Broadband Initiative and Mobile Black Spot Fund.

The use of commercial networks ensures the benefits of future technology upgrades, such as future generation cellular and satellite, are available to emergency services when they come to the market and are considered affordable.