The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme was set up by the government in 2011 to look at options to replace the Airwave communications system used by the police, fire and ambulance services. The government’s chosen option is the Emergency Services Network (ESN).
The NAO previously reported on ESN in September 2016. In September 2018, the Home Office announced a new, incremental delivery model, a reset of the programme’s schedule and a three-year extension to the Airwave service. This study will provide an update on the programme, the reset decision and an assessment of the remaining risks.