Most Read North American Online Stories of 2019
Tuesday, January 07, 2020 | Comments
Amateur radio encryption, proposed spectrum changes, the ongoing legal battle between Motorola Solutions and Hytera Communications, and the future of LMR topped the most read online stories for MissionCritical Communications in 2019.

The most read online story of the year involved comments Motorola CEO Greg Brown made about Huawei, a Chinese company that faced a variety of sanctions from the U.S. government during the year. Brown’s comments centered around a prior trade secret litigation between the two companies and were later retracted by the company.

Readers were interested in a debate over encrypted ham radio messages that developed out of several FCC filings, including an ex parte filing from New York University Wireless Professor Theodore Rappaport. In the filing, Rappaport argued that allowing encrypted messages in the ham bands risked national security while others argued that users have the resources to decode any encryption currently used in ham radio.

Readers were also interested in a variety of ongoing proposed spectrum band changes. Decisions on 900 MHz, 6 GHz and T-band should all be forthcoming this year. The future of LMR as critical broadband gains more traction was also a hot topic, with the current consensus being that the two technologies will continue to complement each other for the foreseeable future. Finally, readers continued to be interested in a wide-ranging legal battle between Motorola and Hytera that has raged since 2016. The trial in a theft of trade secrets case between the two began in November in Illinois, and the jury is expected to receive the case for deliberation sometime in late January or early February.

Most Read North American Stories
1. Motorola Solutions Retracts CEO's Statements on Huawei
2. U.S Patent Office Rules on 3 Motorola Patents
3. A Call to Engineers: Keep Ham Radio Open for Our Youth
4. FCC Proposes Sweeping 900 MHz Band Changes Including Voluntary Broadband Exchange
5. Two of Motorola Solutions' Largest Channel Partners Combine
6. Motorola Buys Avtec
7. Motorola Solutions Announces MOTOTRBO Line for CBRS Spectrum
8. T-Band Fact Versus Fiction
9. Radio Vendors: LMR Is Not Dead
10. Motorola-Hytera Theft of Trade Secrets, Copyright Infringement Trial Begins
11. Inspector General Finds FirstNet Released a Payment Before AT&T Hit a Milestone
12. AT&T Selects Second MCPTT Provider, 3GPP-Compliant Service Planned This Year
13. 800 MHz Licensee Smartcomm, Subsidiary File for Bankruptcy
14. Amateur Radio Encrypted Message Debate Heats Up
15. Comments Requested on Suggested Amateur Radio Rule Changes
16. Verizon Plans MCPTT Launch in Fourth Quarter
17. Will LTE Replace LMR?
18. Silver Lake Makes $1B Investment in Motorola, Settles Outstanding Debt
19. 800 MHz EB/GB Spectrum in Limbo Pending Frequency Coordinator Agreement
20. pdvWireless Transfers MOTOTRBO Customers, Cuts 30% of Staff

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