Motorola Solutions Certifies TETRA Base Station with FCC (1/12/15)
Monday, January 12, 2015 | Comments

By Sandra Wendelken
Motorola Solutions received FCC certification for its Dimetra TETRA base station, which previously has been sold only outside the United States. The base station received equipment authorization Jan. 7 from Elite Electronic Engineering, an FCC-designated telecommunications certification body (TCB.

The authorization is in the 854 – 869 MHz frequency range for the following emission designators: 22K0D7D, 22K0D7E and 22K0D7W with 10 and 25 output watts under Part 90 rules. “This certification is approved pursuant to the TETRA waiver FCC 11-69,” the certificate said.

The exhibits list includes the user’s manual for Motorola Solutions’ Dimetra IP Scalable base station, which is sold extensively outside North America. Motorola is the largest TETRA supplier in the world, but to date, it has not sold TETRA equipment in the United States.

Motorola Solutions released a statement following questions from MissionCritical Communications magazine about its plans for TETRA in the United States. “Motorola Solutions is pleased to have gained FCC certification for our Dimetra TETRA base station,” the statement said. “While there has been little customer demand to date for TETRA in North America, when a customer weighs the considerations and selects TETRA technology, Motorola Solutions will help that customer to design the right communications solution drawing from its award-winning TETRA portfolio and will add our expertise in evaluating potential case-by-case interference issues that have not yet been addressed by the FCC or standards bodies. For radio communications outside of public safety, Motorola Solutions brings the advantage of a portfolio inclusive of every major radio standard, to advise organizations on the best technology selection to meet their needs and aspirations.

“User requirements, spectrum assets, interoperability needs and regulatory considerations will all factor in to providing our trusted counsel. Delivering the performance demanded by private mobile radio users requires designing to exceptional standards; ensuring availability, survivability and interoperability — often under the most unusual circumstances. Motorola Solutions is the global market leader in the infrastructure and devices supporting each of the major radio communications standards around the world — Project 25 (P25), TETRA and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR). Our strong market position in each of these technology standards is founded on the deep investments we make in advancing the performance of radio technology as well as our focus on connecting networks, devices, applications, partners and services to provide complete solutions aligned to our customers’ needs.”

New York City Transit is in the process of a request for proposals (RFP) for a new 700/800 MHz digital bus radio system including mobile and portable radios, as well as infrastructure, consoles, CAD and other equipment. Industry insiders speculated that Motorola Solutions might bid a TETRA network for the more than $10 million procurement.

PowerTrunk was the first company to receive FCC type approval for TETRA equipment in 2009. “PowerTrunk welcomes Motorola Solutions as the newest member of the emergent U.S. TETRA market,” said Jose Martin, PowerTrunk CEO.

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