Alcatel announced it has signed a subcontract with M/A-COM Inc., a leader in critical communications technologies, to equip the State of New York with an advanced public safety communications network to enhance communications interoperability among public safety first responders. The Statewide Wireless Network, for which M/A-COM will act as prime with the State of New York, will improve data transmission and quality of service, and enable faster emergency response and increased public safety. “The state of New York will now have the most advanced public safety communications network of its kind, ensuring reliable and secure communications among the various state agencies,” said John Vaughan, vice president and general manager, M/A-COM Wireless Systems. “Working together with a team of partners that includes Alcatel, we are proud to provide the State with a turnkey system that addresses the critical needs of public safety and homeland security communications.” The state-funded communication network features Alcatel microwave digital radio system and cross-connects that will be used for backhaul transmission at more than 300 sites in New York State. The Alcatel MDR-8000 microwave digital radio provides point-to-point wireless communications links, while Alcatel 1630-GSX cross connect streamlines narrowband and broadband capabilities into a single platform. This combination simplifies operation and maintenance requirements, offers unparalleled bandwidth and security, and insures consistent portable and mobile communications among essential personnel. “Deploying public safety communications networks has become an important priority for Alcatel,” said Hubert de Pesquidoux, president of Alcatel’s North American activities. “Alcatel’s comprehensive solution, as part of M/A-COM’s overall network solution, will provide the State of New York with a robust network that ensures maximum uptime and reliability.”