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The Metropolitan Police has released a list of suppliers that will provide radio equipment and services for authorities using the national Airwave network, under a new framework that is worth an estimated £160 million. 

The four year contract is divided up into three separate lots, which includes Airwave radio terminals, radio managed services and Airwave radio accessories. 

The list of thirteen suppliers includes Arqiva, Motorola, Thales, Capita, Peter Jones and Sonic Communications. 

The rollout of the Airwave Radio service for police was completed in May 2005 and was implemented to replace analogue systems with a national digital service.

In other news for the force, the Metropolitan Police has also confirmed that it is exploring the possibility of moving at least 60 percent of its IT systems to the cloud. 

Although only at the early “pre-approved business case” stage of its cloud plans, Roger Saint, head of strategic cloud in the Metropolitan Police Service’s Directorate of Information said: “We are looking to replace our existing systems with a series of services in the cloud.”