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July 17, 2017 |  Comments
Asia is a key market for critical communications systems for transport. Many developing countries are investing massively in transit systems. China, for example, adds 450 subway stations on average every year. By 2020, Beijing and Shanghai will have 1,050 and 970 kilometers of subway, respectively, making their networks among the longest in the world.

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July 17, 2017 |  Comments
In evaluating its options, the goal of every state should be to obtain the best possible network coverage for its first responders. The safety of first responders and the public must be the primary concern in evaluating the AT&T/FirstNet plan. To conduct a reasonably thorough examination, the governors and their teams must have access to the necessary financial, technical and legal information regarding AT&T’s commitments to deliver the NPSBN.

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July 17, 2017 |  Comments
MissionCritical Communications interviewed Troy Babbitt, Wyoming’s single point of contact (SPOC), about the state’s decision to opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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July 11, 2017 |  Comments
As the first states opted in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) this week, other state officials continue to work through terms of use (ToU) details, individual access to the state portal and further information needed for an informed opt-in/opt-out decision.

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July 05, 2017 |  Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in coming days plans to release a report summarizing results from the first mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event held June 19 – 23. The report will follow preliminary data from the interoperability test sessions for mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipment.

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June 29, 2017 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) expects initial mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services to be available on the nationwide public-safety broadband network by March 2019, according to a FirstNet road map for 2018 and 2019.

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June 23, 2017 |  Comments
The FCC released a report and order that establishes the standards and procedures it will use to review state alternative plans for states that want to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and build their own radio access network (RAN). The rules give states that opt out of the FirstNet state plan an extra 60 days to complete a request for proposals (RFP) process, providing for 240 days total.

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June 20, 2017 |  Comments
With FirstNet releasing most of the state plans this week, state officials should take advantage of the full time allowed to review their plans in order to help make the most informed and best decision for their states.

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June 19, 2017 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T released state plans to U.S. states and territories. The plans, delivered through online portals, provide most of the information such as coverage, cost and timelines that states need to make decisions about whether to opt into the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) or develop their own radio access network (RAN).

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June 14, 2017 |  Comments
AT&T and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials detailed aspects of the priority and pre-emption capabilities for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) during a panel at the 2017 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.

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June 13, 2017 |  Comments
Years of questions and anticipation about the next chapter of FirstNet are coming to a close as the nation’s SPOCs and their respective teams prepare for the next leg of the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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June 12, 2017 |  Comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.

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June 09, 2017 |  Comments
The fifth First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in-person state single point of contact (SPOC) meeting — the first since FirstNet announced its industry partner AT&T at the end of March — wrapped up this week with FirstNet officials saying states can opt in as soon as they receive their first state plan and reassuring states that they will address state portal terms of use concerns.

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June 06, 2017 |  Comments
The U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) staff continues to conduct tests and functional trials with commercial partners and has received final responses to a device procurement. The U.K. Home Office, which oversees the ESN, is working toward its pending transition from the narrowband TETRA Airwave network to EE’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) system.

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June 06, 2017 |  Comments
Several state officials are concerned about the legal terms of use document the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has requested they sign before they can access the draft state plans later this month. Washington state sent a letter to FirstNet outlining its concerns, including the short timeframe for review of the terms of use and requests in the document that conflict with state laws.

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