Mexico relied on communications technology from Airbus Defence and Space during Pope’s visit

Elancourt - 23 February 2016

Nationwide Tetrapol network provided support for Mexican security forces

During the Pope’s visit to Mexico from 12 to 17 February, security forces and various assistant organisations relied on Tetrapol technology from Airbus Defence and Space to ensure the safety of Holy Father Francis. Mexico’s national professional mobile radio network Interconexión de Redes Integrales de Seguridad Pública (IRIS) supported trouble-free communication among members of the Mexican security forces. As a result, hundreds of thousands of visitors gathered peacefully at the events with the Pope.

During his four-day journey to Mexico City, Ecatepec, Morelia, Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Ciudad Juárez, the Pope also visited troubled regions. His security was a major concern at any time. Thus, a special coordination room of Airbus Defence and Space was set up to assist the various security organisations. Tetrapol network users, such as police and fire-fighters, were very satisfied with the performance of the IRIS network and the excellent response of the communications services during the events with Pope Francis.

The nationwide network IRIS is used by the Mexican security forces and interconnects 32 smaller regional networks. It provides secure voice and data services and has been in operation since 1999. With around 400 base stations and 150 000 terminals, the network securely covers an area of more than 800 000 square kilometres. 

Public Safety organisations in France, Spain, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia rely on Tetrapol technology from Airbus Defence and Space on a nationwide scale.

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Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.

Secure Land Communications


The programme line Secure Land Communications (SLC) at Airbus Defence and Space develops, installs and maintains professional and land mobile radio (PMR/LMR) networks based on Tetra, Tetrapol and P25 technologies and offers a wide range of radio solutions and devices for customers worldwide. The portfolio also encompasses emergency response centres (911/112). SLC is a leader in PMR, with more than 280 radio networks in over 74 countries, and the US leader for 911 response centres with the VESTA® 911 call handling solution serving more than 60% of the market. The programme line employs nearly 1700 people in 20 countries. 

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