O’Brien: PDV Wants to Partner with Mobile Radio Businesses
Monday, October 13, 2014 | Comments

Morgan O’Brien announced that his venture, Pacific DataVision (PDV), wants to partner with two-way mobile radio businesses at the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) Wireless Leadership Summit Oct. 9 in Denver.

“We see many opportunities to have relationships with you in the audience,” he said. “Here’s the reasoning: We’re interested in the two-way business. The two-way business is our roots. Essentially, it’s a local business with local knowledge and local customers. We’re a tiny national spectrum holder. The logical thing for us is to partner; our spectrum position and your local knowledge can come together.”

PDV acquired all of Sprint’s 900 MHz spectrum licenses last month.

“Our No. 1 goal is to increase the value of the asset that we have acquired,” O’Brien said. “We have acquired the asset by raising money on Wall Street. Those investors expect us to enhance the value of the spectrum.”

O’Brien noted the past during his remarks. “Nextel had a voracious appetite for spectrum and bought businesses in this industry,” he said. “PDV isn’t in that same position because unlike Nextel, which had to continually feed spectrum into that engine, today we have the spectrum and we need to think and act differently. We’re not funded to be an acquirer. That’s not to say at some point we won’t be. At this point, that isn’t how you should think of us. Now we’re a potential partner, operator, and we’re interested in relationships.”

O’Brien said that he can’t yet discuss many specifics of the PDV plan, such as what markets he will roll out first, what the price point will be or what technology will be used. O’Brien said last month PDV will use a Motorola Solutions digital radio technology for its push-to-talk (PTT) network.

PDV plans to launch a PTT network with enhanced dispatch capabilities, and the company has a long-term vision for a broadband offering. The broadband plan would require realigning the 900 MHz band, which requires FCC approval. PDV is working with EWA and other industry associations such as Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Association of Railroads (AAR) to petition the FCC to realign the band to allow a 3-megahertz contiguous block for Long Term Evolution (LTE). The remaining spectrum would be used for narrowband PTT services by current 900 MHz private licensees.

Mark Crosby, EWA president and CEO, said the petition should be filed by Nov. 1.

“We take the spectrum, we have it, and what we have needs to be updated,” O’Brien said. “If it isn’t broadband, I don’t know if you can survive long term. We just need to start and not be frightened by the size of the task.”

John Pescatore, PDV president and CEO and a former Nextel executive, became a board member of EWA last week. “This is not Nextel 2,” Pescatore said. “We’re not building a giant sales force. PTT is a local business, and we want to find ways to partner with you. We want to create long-term partnerships.”

Many two-way radio dealers are building their own commercial networks based on MOTOTRBO, NXDN and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR). For example, Day Wireless Systems has a 55-site MOTOTRBO network in the Northwest, and it is looking to expand and connect with other MOTOTRBO commercial systems. The PDV executives said they were open to new ideas on how to work with current SMRs.

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