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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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May 30, 2017 |  Comments
The first tests for mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) interoperability will take place in a few weeks. From June 19 – 23, a plugtest offers vendors a unique opportunity to validate and test products with real implementations and debug prototypes, while contributing to the standards validation effort, said industry officials.

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May 23, 2017 |  Comments
As we all know, coverage is imperative for mission-critical communications. If you don’t have a signal, you can’t communicate. Our new e-book covers all the essential pieces to ensure strong LMR and broadband coverage.

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May 16, 2017 |  Comments
Hytera Communications said it expects its acquisition of Sepura to close on 24 May. The acquisition had been held up by reviews by several European governments.

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May 16, 2017 |  Comments
Progress in next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) implementation is being made. Last December, the National 911 Program Office issued a 104-page report indicating that 21 states have emergency services IP networks (ESInets) deployed, with 10 of those states reporting that all of their public-safety answering points (PSAPs) are connected to an ESInet. An ESInet is a critical building block in the provisioning of NG 9-1-1 services, largely because it provides the underlying data transport network and the means of interconnecting PSAPs. Moreover, with an ESInet in place, public-safety agencies can leverage new and enhanced applications not possible with legacy 9-1-1 systems.

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May 15, 2017 |  Comments
As the TETRA industry heads to Hong Kong this week for Critical Communications World (CCW), suppliers continue to innovate and release new products and services to help mission-critical communications users do their jobs safely and reliably.

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May 09, 2017 |  Comments
Console provider Zetron and mobile radio manufacturer Harris teamed to provide technology in North America. Executives said the strategic partnership agreement leverages Zetron’s dispatch offering and Harris’ Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tiers 2 and 3 and Project 25 (P25) conventional and trunking technology.

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May 02, 2017 |  Comments
A new standard for narrowband data for mission-critical communications companies has backing from an industry association and is behind a new service launch. Full Spectrum announced plans to establish a network service for mission-critical internet of things (IoT) based on 802.16s, scheduled to be finalized later this year.

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May 01, 2017 |  Comments
Motorola Solutions entered into an agreement to acquire Kodiak Networks, a privately held provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) technology for commercial customers. Kodiak partners with mobile network operators globally — including AT&T — to offer its cloud-based PTT solution and management platform.

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May 01, 2017 |  Comments
As the 13 June deadline for compliance with the European Union’s (EU) new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) approaches, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is working to prepare as many harmonized standards as it can.

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April 24, 2017 |  Comments
To help pay for a needed emergency communications network upgrade and address other challenges, public-safety officials in Utah worked with legislators on a bill that overhauled the state’s funding model and restructured its governance board.

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April 17, 2017 |  Comments
Public-safety 700 MHz narrowband licensees are working to relocate their licenses from band 14 to other 700 MHz spectrum by end-August to make way for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) broadband network.

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April 11, 2017 |  Comments
9-1-1 industry officials said they need help from Congress to ensure a timely transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technology during a House communications and technology subcommittee hearing March 29.

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April 04, 2017 |  Comments
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims released a redacted version of Judge Elaine D. Kaplan's decision in Rivada Mercury's pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) contract award process, offering insights into the award process and the reasoning behind the judge's decision against the protest.

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March 30, 2017 |  Comments
The Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) signed a 25-year contract with AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network for America’s first responders. The contract follows decades of work by public safety to secure spectrum and the creation of FirstNet through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

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