Nokia installs the first Balkan TETRA network

SOFIA – The first connection in Bulgaria using a TETRA network has been set up and the border police network will be operational within weeks, Finnish telecom equipment giant Nokia said yesterday. According to a statement distributed by Business Wire, Deputy Prime Minister Nikolay Vassilev made the first call to the Border Police National Service in the presence of Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov and visiting Finnish counterpart Tarja Halonen. TETRA technology is an approved world standard adopted by the European Union for digital mobile trunking networks, serving the needs of organizations in public security and administration sectors in one communication environment. The Bulgarian project, the first such in the Balkans, was financed through the European Union’s PHARE program.