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December 12, 2018 |  Comments
Hytera America made available a firmware update that upgrades legacy products to the capabilities of the company’s new i-Series products. The firmware update was released in response to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision to implement limited exclusion orders (LEO) and cease-and-desist orders (CDO) against Hytera Communications and its Hytera America subsidiaries.

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December 10, 2018 |  Comments
As the industry begins to adopt Long Term Evolution (LTE) for its broadband data needs and many mission-critical features are standardized in the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) process, one area where many questions remain is LTE device-to-device (D2D) communications.

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December 04, 2018 |  Comments
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and public-safety agencies are looking to update and expand the communications unit (COMU) program.

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December 03, 2018 |  Comments
The first remote mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event begins Dec. 3 and runs through end-January.

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November 30, 2018 |  Comments
A private bank catering to the rural economy said rural wireless providers will likely see short-term benefits from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) but could see long-term competitive challenges from FirstNet partner, AT&T, along with Verizon and Motorola Solutions.

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November 26, 2018 |  Comments
Marilyn Ward, executive director of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), shares her views on public-safety issues in this exclusive interview.

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November 16, 2018 |  Comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) affirmed an administrative law judge’s finding that Hytera Communications of China infringed several Motorola Solutions patents. However, the ITC also determined that redesigned products Hytera submitted for the ITC’s consideration did not infringe Motorola patents.

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November 12, 2018 |  Comments
Information on the available grants, amount of funding and timelines for several federal grant programs are not yet available as the departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) await final appropriations for fiscal year 2019.

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November 06, 2018 |  Comments
Savage winds and debris posed communications and response challenges as Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle and parts of Georgia and Alabama in October.

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November 05, 2018 |  Comments
Europe has completed studies into using 400 MHz spectrum for public protection disaster response (PPDR) broadband networks. Under the developments, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) proposed that the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) should consider standardization activities for Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based systems for 410 – 430 MHz spectrum.

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October 30, 2018 |  Comments
Chevron is testing the standard developed last year for mission-critical data applications using 1.4 GHz spectrum. The oil and gas firm is conducting an 802.16s pilot with Ondas Networks equipment and a 500-kilohertz bandwidth channel.

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October 23, 2018 |  Comments
New Part 90 rules adopted by the FCC Oct. 23 open 800 MHz spectrum, with 318 new 800 MHz interstitial channels becoming available. The rules also make 40 expansion band (EB) and 40 guard band (GB) channels in 800 MHz available in National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) regions where 800 MHz rebanding is completed.

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October 16, 2018 |  Comments
For the first time in years, new spectrum opportunities are opening for the critical infrastructure industries (CII) and private wireless communications users, although the FCC has not yet released final rules.

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October 09, 2018 |  Comments
The first-ever earthquake early warning in less than three seconds was successfully delivered Sept. 18 during a field trial by KVIE, the public television station based in Sacramento, California, using datacasting technology.

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October 08, 2018 |  Comments
New Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards targeting the rail industry are moving forward alongside public-safety standards.

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