Most Comments Oppose TETRA Waiver (1/21/10)
Thursday, January 21, 2010 | Comments

The majority of groups that submitted comments to the FCC regarding a waiver for TETRA use in the United States said the issue should be handled through a full rulemaking proceeding, rather than a blanket waiver, and opposed such a waiver. In November, the TETRA Association filed a request for waiver of Sections 90.209, 90.210 and 2.1043 of FCC rules to allow TETRA technology to be used in the United States.

“There is a demonstrable need in the United States for use of the TETRA standard,” the request said. “While a number of manufacturers stand ready to produce TETRA-based devices in this country, a waiver of the FCC rules is necessary to make this technology available.”

However, most groups said the issue requires a full analysis before allowing such waivers. “The waivers requested by the TETRA Association would allow equipment to be introduced that exceeds the current commission rules designed to minimize adjacent channel interference,” said a National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) filing. “The short time made available to review the petition has not provided the opportunity to fully analyze the potential increase in interference that could result from a grant of the waivers as requested.”

The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) said, “To allow full review and consideration of the requested changes, LMCC urges the commission to open a rule making proceeding if it believes the TETRA Association request is warranted.”

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Motorola and Harris submitted similar comments. Most comments cited potential interference issues with granting a waiver for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) standard technology. The technology is used throughout the world with the exceptions of the United States and Canada.

Both the TETRA Association and Sepura, a U.K.-based TETRA manufacturer, submitted comments supporting the waiver request.

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