Airwave (communications network)

Airwave is a private communications network for England, Scotland and Wales. It can be used by the emergency services. Airwave is based on TETRA and is operated by Guardian Digital Communications.

It is a secure digital, encrypted network and can be used for voice and data transmission. [cite news | title = Motorola TETRA PDA Will be Based on Windows Mobile | url =]

On 2006-12-07 "The Times" reported that O2 was "to review the options for the business" and could be worth £2 billion. [cite news | first = Elizabeth| last = Judge| title = Airwave set to be sold for £2bn as O2 reviews options | url =,,9076-2491237,00.html | work = The Times | publisher = Times Newspapers Ltd. | date = 2006-12-07 | accessdate = 2006-12-07] On 18th April 2007 Airwave was sold to Guardian Digital Communications, a new company wholly owned by two Macquarie Bank-managed funds, Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group (MCG) and Macquarie European Investment Fund II (MEIF II) for £1.9 billion.

Immediately following the announcement of the completion of the sale, the company announced the end of the final salary pension scheme for employees. [cite news | title = Union Condemns 02 and Macquarie over Pensions Fiasco at Airwave | url =] Additionally, The Office of Fair Trading considered referring the acquisition to the Competition Commission, but decided against it. [cite news | title = Completed acquisition by Macquarie of Airwave Safety Communications limited | url =]


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