Before switching to Airwave’s secure digital-radio network, Suffolk police had only 17% geographical coverage on their walkie-talkies. Today it is more than 90% after Airwave’s £3.5 billion project to install a communications platform used by all of Britain’s police. English Ambulance Trusts and many fire services also use the network, which provides hacker-proof radio contact even in remote areas. In April 2007, Macquarie paid Telefonica £1.9 billion for the Slough firm, which had annualised sales in 2006 of £204m.
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