Pennsylvania microwave project cookin'
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 23, 2000
Pennsylvania recently finalized a $33 million contract with Alcatel USA
to engineer, furnish, install and maintain a statewide microwave system
to connect the commonwealth's Public Safety Radio Project.
The microwave system will serve as the foundation for a wireless communications
project that will link 22 state public safety agencies. Microwave technology
provides wide bandwidths for transporting voice and data information where
network coverage is inadequate.
The system will help insure that agencies can communicate on a day-to-day
basis regardless of their location in the state, said Don Appleby, project
director for Pennsylvania's Radio Project Office.
Alcatel will provide digital microwave radios, digital cross connects, antennas,
transmission lines and a network management system as part of the microwave
The company was originally selected for the microwave system when the statewide
radio project was launched last summer. However, the contract specifics
regarding pricing and equipment were only recently completed, said a company
spokeswoman (see related article).