The Airwave service is provided using spectrum that is allocated for emergency service applications and, as such, is only made available to particular types of users - it is not a publicly available service.
A cross-government, multi-agency programme led by the Home Office, through the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP), is in the process of planning for the next generation of communication services in England, Scotland and Wales (the Emergency Services Network (ESN)).
The procurement of the ESN has started, with new service contracts expected to be awarded during 2015. This will facilitate service delivery as the existing service contracts expire, culminating with the expiration of the national infrastructure provision on 31 December 2020. At this early stage, the Programme Board has broadly approved the inclusion of public safety sharers in ESMCP transition planning. Details of these arrangements are being addressed, and will be communicated once there is clarity. The current sharers' process, as described in the guidance, continues to apply.