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EADS sues emergency service

The French company EADS, which constructs Airbus planes, has sued the Icelandic emergency service Neydarlínan, which operates the emergency telephone number 112, the equivalent to 911 in the US and 999 in the UK.

According to Fréttabladid, EADS sued Neydarlínan for making an agreement with Motorola regarding equipment purchase and the construction of a new Tetra telecommunications system.

Neydarlínan approached both companies at the early stages of the deal asking for price quotations, but then decided to work with Motorola, without inviting both companies to make bids for the deal, worth approximately ISK 100 million (USD 1.5 million, EUR 1.1 million).

“It is my client’s [EADS’s] view, that the execution of these purchases by Neydarlínan violated laws about public purchase. Therefore my client has brought charges against Neydarlínan […],” said Björn Líndal, a lawyer at the law firm VIRTUS and one of its owners.

Arnar Thór Jónsson, a lawyer at the law firm Logos, who represents Neydarlínan in this case, said his client had chosen Motorola over EADS because it had proven less costly and more efficient and that Neydarlínan couldn’t use equipment from both companies.

Click here to read more about the Tetra system.

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