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By | Kat Hall 24th February 2016 13:49

Airwave drops lawsuit against Home Office over EE contract win

Motorola buys firm, tells it to put down the lawyers

Airwave will no longer be pursuing legal action against the Home Office over its decision to award part of a chunk of its Emergency Services Network contract to EE.

A spokesman for Motorola said: "We can confirm that all disputes have now been settled and all litigation will be dropped."

In December last year EE won part of the £1.2bn ESN contract, which will replace the previous £2.9bn digital radio communications supplied by Airwave.

However, Airwave launched a legal challenge against the Home Office, alleging that the government had shifted the goalposts of the contract after the tender was let and unfairly discriminated against it.

But things were further complicated when Motorola won the second lot in the ESN contract and will be responsible installing and operating the infrastructure – five days after it announced its acquisition of Airwave for £817m.

Airwave had said legal action would continue against the Home Office after its acquisition by Motorola

Last week Motorola completed its formal gobble of Airwave, which was announced in December.

The Minister for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims, Mike Penning said the sale meant the department had "a clear and defined route for transition from Airwave to the Emergency Services Network and can get on with the job of creating a more affordable, capable and flexible communications network.” ®

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