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Airwave's ESN legal action ends as Motorola Solutions' completes purchase

David Bicknell Published 24 February 2016

Airwave had sued the Home Office over its procurement for Lot 3 of the Emergency Services Network


Motorola Solutions' formal completion of its acquisition of Airwave has brought Airwave's legal action against the Home Office over the Emergency Services Network (ESN) procurement to an end, the company has confirmed.

Airwave had issued a claim against the Home Office relating to the procurement for Lot 3 of ESN, saying that it did not believe that bidders, including Airwave, were given equal treatment under relevant procurement laws.

Airwave subsequently did not stand in the way of attempts by the Home Office to lift a suspension of the procurement process for the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP).

Now, Motorola Solutions has confirmed to Government Computing , the legal action is at an end. A spokesperson said, "We can confirm that all disputes have now been settled and all litigation will be dropped."

The end of the legal action was always a possibility once Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Airwave was completed. Motorola Solutions itself was named as preferred bidder for the Lot 2 (user services) contest within ESN and for a time, ironically, Airwave's legal action was preventing its future parent being able to seal and announce its own contract with the Home Office.

The Home Office had said it would "vigorously" fight the legal action.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "We can confirm Airwave Solutions Ltd (ASL) has challenged the award to EE of Lot 3 of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme.

"The Home Office will vigorously contest this challenge. We are confident we have identified suppliers who can deliver a service which will improve public safety and cost considerably less than current arrangements."

In a statement announcing the acquisition completion, Motorola Solutions' chairman and chief executive Greg Brown said, "The acquisition of Airwave enables us to significantly grow our managed and support services business and reflects our commitment to the public safety users in Great Britain. The combination of our years of experience as a trusted global leader in mission-critical communications and Airwave's proven service delivery platform will provide Great Britain with innovative emergency services technology that enhances public safety today and into the future."

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