Erillisverkot renewed Virve´s maintenance agreement with Airbus

Erillisverkot Group and Airbus Secure Land Communications (SLC) have entered into a renewed Virve maintenance agreement until 2025. The agreement is a continuation of previous maintenance agreements and covers switching and base station technology as well as application maintenance and support services.
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TETRA 700 virtual server

The renewal of the agreement will ensure the maintenance of the services primarily until the end of 2025 and as an option until the end of the Virve 2.0 migration. In those years, the network will no longer be developed, but vital changes and updates will be made for usability.

“Airbus has previously confirmed that they will support the maintenance of current Virve technology until at least 2030. The support is conditional on the existence of a valid maintenance agreement with them and on the operator’s adherence to technological evolution. We are pleased that the maintenance agreement now signed will ensure that Airbus support is available until the end of the Virve 2.0 migration,” says Jarmo Vinkvist, COO Erillisverkot Group.

Implementation on a virtualized platform

The implementation of the maintenance agreement is based on the virtualized Taira server platform. The capacity of the platform enables the replacement of all Virve network DXT switches and core servers on the desired schedule. Under the new agreement, Erillisverkot will move to a contract model used by many other Airbus operators, in which maintenance and key software updates will be included in the contract for the entire contract period.

“Erillisverkot has been our valued partner and has always been one of the pioneers as a national network operator. With the introduction of the Taira 700 series, the current Virve network will defend its position as the world’s leading critical safety network throughout its life cycle,” says Samuel Gustafsson, Head of Sales, Airbus Secure Land Communications Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.

Airbus Secure Land Communications has delivered more than 100 Taira platforms since 2017. The Taira 700 Series is a Multifunctional Mission Critical Datacenter solution that provides key functionality for all security authority applications with a scalable TETRA / LTE / 5G core.

The Taira 700 offers a modern virtualized environment for key applications as well as a high level of cyber security.

The public safety network Virve will be renewed into broadband Virve 2.0 service in the 2020s https://www.erillisverkot.fi/en/virve-radio-network/.

Further information:

Timo Lehtimäki, CEO, Erillisverkot Group
+358 50 514 8286, timo.lehtimaki@erillisverkot.fi
viestinta@erillisverkot.fi

Samuel Gustafsson, Head of Sales, Airbus Secure Land Communications, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.
+49 162 276 7866, samuel.gustafsson@airbus.com

Erillisverkot Group enables secure critical operations and communications in all circumstances. Erillisverkot provides the organizations responsible for the security and functionality of the society with mission critical services, software services for situational awareness and services securing critical infrastructure and communication. Erillisverkot is a wholly state-owned special-purpose company. For further information: www.erillisverkot.fi, social media @erillisverkot

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019, it generated revenues of € 70 billion and employed a workforce of around 135,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Secure Land Communications
Secure Land Communications (SLC), an Airbus programme unit, offers advanced communication and collaboration solutions enabling its customers to gather, process, and deploy intelligence. Its portfolio is tailored to the needs of professionals from Public Safety and Transport, Utility and Industry (TUI). It includes infrastructures, devices, applications and services based on Tetra, Tetrapol and Broadband technologies. As the European leader and a key international player, SLC has customers in more than 80 countries and employs around 1,185 people in 16 countries. www.securelandcommunications.com