Meeting on TETRA expansion to strengthen national security

The leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) held a bilateral meeting with representatives from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and His Excellency Kent D. Logsdon, US Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the details of a grant agreement for expanding the National Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Network.

The officials addressed the peculiarities related to establishing a unified national secure communication system, focusing on the needs of all stakeholders, the competencies and the deadlines for achieving the expected outcomes. The primary objective of the project is to contribute to national security by enhancing the operations of all law enforcement agencies in the country.

“The modernization of the TETRA system will bring significant improvements in terms of capacity, coverage and data security. We will thereby ensure a clearer, faster and more secure communication among various state entities, significantly improving coordination in critical situations”, said Minister of Internal Affairs Adrian Efros.

The project aims to provide a fully functional secure communications network to the Government of Moldova, emphasizing the importance of efficient and secure communications for Moldovan law enforcement, particularly near borders and across the country. Currently, the Moldovan Government’s TETRA network covers approximately 80% of the country’s territory with 104 communication towers. The new project aims to expand this network in collaboration with INL to cover the entire national territory with 123 towers.

Project components include designing and constructing 4 new towers at Moldova Border Police checkpoints, procuring and installing TETRA equipment at 19 locations, software upgrades, integrating the new towers into the existing TETRA network, and training and support for network maintenance and operation.

This initiative builds upon previous efforts to strengthen border security and combat cross-border crime. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is committed to preventing and combating cross-border threats. Extending the unified secure communication system TETRA will contribute to this goal by facilitating faster data exchange.