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New Zealand wireless carrier Spark partners with Tecore Networks to
implement modern Cellular Interdiction System (CIS) to combat the use of
contraband cell phones in correctional institutions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tecore Networks, a global supplier of innovative wireless network
infrastructure, announced that its iNACTM
Managed Access System (MAS)
has been selected by Spark
New Zealand
for the provision of a “Managed Cellular Communication”
service to combat the use of contraband cell phones in New Zealand
correctional institutions. After extensive evaluation by Spark industry
experts, Tecore’s existing Maryland-based MAS deployments served as a
test-bed and case model in efficacy leading up to this contract award.

Under the New
Zealand (NZ) Corrections Act
it’s an offense for an inmate to use an
unauthorized cell phone. NZ’s wireless carriers were requested to
identify and propose a solution to detect and prevent illicit use of
cell phones within the country’s correctional institutions. To date,
cellular jamming has been the approach of choice. However, cellular
jamming is no longer reliable in today’s wireless landscape due to
out-of-band interference and the inability to manage changes in cellular
bands used by wireless carriers.

Spark, one of the largest companies in New Zealand and the leading
provider of fixed line, mobile network, and internet coverage, has been
selected to provide its proposed Tecore’s iNAC Managed Access System.
The deployment of the iNAC system represents a collaborative effort
between Tecore and Spark to provide a more effective and intelligent
Cellular Interdiction System than the legacy jamming system.

“It’s rewarding to know our technology is being used internationally in
partnership with world-class wireless carriers. Through Spark’s forward
thinking leadership, the implementation of our modern approach against
contraband cell phones is sure to provide the more robust and flexible
solution that is needed to combat this persistent issue,” said Jay
Salkini, Founder and CEO of Tecore Networks. “When we initially
developed MAS, it was offered as a legal alternative to cellular jamming
in the United States for use in correctional institutions. As the
efficacy of the iNAC MAS has been proven across wireless technology
generations and frequency bands, we continue to receive interest from
countries that have used jamming, which is a testament to the
effectiveness and added benefits of MAS technology.”

Tecore’s iNAC MAS addresses many of the known issues of cellular jamming
and micro-jamming systems while preventing unauthorized communications.
The iNAC:

  • Provides a targeted radio frequency (RF) umbrella over the facility,
    limiting the risk of interference with the commercial spectrum and
    general public’s rights and lawful usage of their mobile devices.
  • Provides enhanced communications for emergency services including E911
    and authorized personnel;
  • Provides the system operator the ability to obtain device and call
    information for forensic analysis, consistent with applicable law;
  • Provides comprehensive and consistent coverage of 2G, 3G, 4G and is
    5G-ready to support deployments by incremental remote and on-site
    system updates;

Tecore Networks looks forward to partnering with wireless carriers like
Spark NZ to provide this best in-class solution to combat the pervasive
contraband cell phone epidemic. To learn more about Tecore’s iNAC
Managed Access Solutions please visit: www.tecore.com/managed-access/

About Spark New Zealand

Spark New Zealand Limited (formerly Telecom New Zealand) is a New
Zealand telecommunications company providing fixed line telephone
services, a mobile network, an internet service provider, and a major
ICT provider to NZ businesses (through its Spark Digital division). It
has operated as a publicly traded company since 1990.

Telecom New Zealand was formed in 1987 from a division of the New
Zealand Post Office and privatized in 1990.

About Tecore

Founded in 1991, Tecore Networks is a global supplier of 2G, 3G, 4G and
5G-ready wireless network infrastructure and the inventor of Managed
Access technology. Today, Tecore delivers innovative and game-changing
products as one of the largest manufacturers of government and public
safety deployable wireless solutions. These robust hardware and software
platforms have integrated into numerous critical government environments
and communications systems creating secure mobile networks. Tecore
Networks is ISO 9001 certified. For more information, visit www.tecore.com

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of Tecore, Inc. INACTM is a trademark of Tecore, Inc.

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