South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) has successfully completed the replacement of their existing analog LMR trunking system with a digital 900MHz P25 Phase II radio network. The replacement system consists of 65 radio sites, geographically redundant switching centers, and 35 dispatch console operator positions across 18 locations. The system provides service to 3,300 subscriber units including 15 participating electric cooperatives that share the system with Santee Cooper. RF coverage testing was completed with coverage meeting and exceeding the design criteria. All users have been successfully cutover to the new system and final system acceptance has been granted. Although the schedule was impacted by hurricanes in the Carolinas across two seasons, the project was completed within scope and under budget.
BGA was selected by Santee Cooper to provide project management and technical advisor services for specification development, acquisition support, and implementation oversight for this system replacement project. Previous consulting engagements included procurement of the legacy analog trunking system, the statewide microwave backbone, and FCC regulatory assistance for 900 MHz trunking licenses. BGA is proud to be a decades-long trusted partner with Santee Cooper.