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February 21, 2017 |  Comments
Rolling out a nationwide public-safety broadband network is difficult and uncharted territory. The three countries that are likely the furthest along in developing Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for public-safety agencies have one thing in common — they are delayed.

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February 21, 2017 |  Comments
Public-safety communications planning for Super Bowl LI began a year before the National Football League’s (NFL) 2017 championship game and went almost as smoothly as the New England Patriots’ second-half comeback, according to city of Houston and Harris County officials.

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February 13, 2017 |  Comments
In December, the FCC issued an order on reconsideration and a memorandum opinion and order that contemplates assigning Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS) spectrum held by Maritime Communications/Land Mobile (MCLM) to Choctaw Holdings. This is welcome news for the critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities that have been attempting in good faith to acquire MCLM’s spectrum for years.

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February 07, 2017 |  Comments
The market for proximity services (ProSe) in public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices — called direct mode or off network in LMR systems — is uncertain because of a lack of public-safety standards and commitments from chipmakers for the technology.

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February 03, 2017 |  Comments
The U.K. Home Office received information that Vodafone plans to switch off Airwave from 31 March, 2020, spurring a U.K. Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting on the topic with Home Office officials.

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January 31, 2017 |  Comments
Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, offers details on Project 43, FirstNet’s opt-out option, 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy, 4.9 GHz and more.

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January 23, 2017 |  Comments
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) invited applications to participate in the April auction of 700 MHz spectrum licenses, which means Australian public-safety agencies will likely not get access to 700 MHz dedicated spectrum for Long Term Evolution (LTE) services.

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January 20, 2017 |  Comments
Jan. 19 marked the third of a series of five deadlines in Rivada’s pre-award protest of the contract award for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). Several motions and other documents have been filed but are sealed under a protection order.

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January 20, 2017 |  Comments
Despite filings from numerous mission-critical communications organizations in opposition, the FCC granted Higher Ground’s application, with conditions, for a nationwide license to operate mobile ES transmitters in the fixed service 6 GHz band.

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January 13, 2017 |  Comments
An annual FCC report identifies eight states and Puerto Rico as diverting a portion of collected 9-1-1 fees for non-9-1-1 related purposes in 2015. Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington, and West Virginia used a portion of their 9-1-1/E9-1-1 funds to support non-9-1-1-related public-safety programs. Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico used a portion of their 9-1-1/E9-1-1 funds for either non-public-safety or unspecified uses.

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January 09, 2017 |  Comments
Tero Pesonen, chair of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG), discusses the public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) broadband market.

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January 09, 2017 |  Comments
BearCom is planning to deploy a temporary MOTOTRBO Linked Capacity Plus system for the Presidential Inauguration Committee to cover venues used during the upcoming presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

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January 03, 2017 |  Comments
As the consumer wearable market continues to grow, companies and organizations in other sectors are looking to take that technology and apply it to their sectors. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) is attempting to tap innovation in the consumer market to keep first responders safer and make them more effective with its EMERGE accelerator program.

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December 20, 2016 |  Comments
Industry acquisitions and consolidation dominated headlines during 2016 with readers viewing these topics more than other news during 2016. Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Spillman Technologies in September led the list followed by Hytera Communications’ US$92 million offer for Sepura last week.

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December 16, 2016 |  Comments
Chinese professional mobile radio (PMR) provider Hytera Communications made a binding offer to buy U.K.-based PMR technology company Sepura for 20 pence (US$0.25) in cash per Sepura share. The acquisition values the entire issued share capital of Sepura at about £74 million (US$92 million). Hytera confirmed to the Sepura board of directors that the offer is solely in cash, and the Sepura board recommended that the offer be accepted.

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