Rohill to upgrade C3 TETRA network in the Caribbean
Rohill will soon upgrade the C3 (Critical Communication Caribbean) TETRA network in the Antilles. The work to migrate the network over to the new infrastructure will begin in the first half of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed on 1 July 2017.
The network, which became operational in 2004, is operated by Critical Communication Caribbean (C3), formerly Zenitel Caribbean and serves more than 8,000 customers with mixed clear, encrypted and end-to-end encrypted communications. It uses Rohill’s TetraNode infrastructure equipment and connects Curaçao with Bonaire, Aruba, St Maarten, Anguilla, Saba and St Eustatius. The C3 TETRA network features redundancy and is designed and built operate under heavy conditions, during power failures, storms, flooding and extreme high usage.
The modernisation of the C3 TETRA Network (formerly known as the Chuchubi network) will involve the replacement of base stations’ hardware to the latest generation of TETRA carriers, as well as a complete transition to TetraNode Industrial. It will use geo-redundant TETRA switches to increase network resilience and allow the network to function should a switch location become flooded or be hit by lightning.
Bert Schreuders, C3’s managing director, said: “The Rohill solution perfectly fits our needs and is very favourable because of the lower initial investment, lowest cost of ownership over the next 10 years and the fact that the solution is future-proof through interaction with LTE. On top of this, we will benefit [from] a risk free phased migration. But most of all we will benefit [from] the TetraNode knowledge already available, as well as our longstanding relationship with Rohill.”
Harry Muter, Rohill's chief operations officer, said: “We are proud for being awarded this project for the renewal of the C3 TETRA network. We are extremely pleased to continue our long-term cooperation with C3 and to build with C3 the best-in-class TETRA network offering reliable mission critical communication to its users, with coverage throughout the islands of the Dutch Caribbean."