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June 21, 2018 | Comments
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting 5 (GEO 5) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) navigation payload, developed by Raytheon, is now operational and fully integrated into the WAAS network.

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June 21, 2018 | Comments
Genesis PULSE partnered with RapidSOS to provide public safety with a single display that integrates real-time first responder positions with precise locations of 9-1-1 smartphone callers.

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June 21, 2018 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the commission will further streamline and modernize its cellular rules at its July 12 meeting.

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June 21, 2018 | Comments
KGPCo entered into a non-binding agreement to buy select assets and assume certain operating liabilities of Hutton Communications of Canada. The move comes as part of KGPCo's vision of expanding its diverse range of services and offerings for the communications industry into the Canadian market.

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June 21, 2018 | Comments
The number of “FirstNet Ready” certified smartphones has increased to seven from the original four. The phones are available to subscribers of First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) services.

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June 21, 2018 | Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials are developing a process to verify AT&T’s nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) coverage. FirstNet also received its first sustainability payment from AT&T.

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June 20, 2018 | Comments
AT&T announced it will launch narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) to meet the needs of business customers for a wide range of IoT solutions. AT&T plans to launch NB-IoT in the U.S. early next year, followed by Mexico by the end of 2019.

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June 20, 2018 | Comments
The Osceola County (Florida) School District and Florida State University (FSU) are implementing Mutualink’s real-time emergency interoperability solution. Leon County, home to FSU’s main campus, is also deploying the technology.

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June 20, 2018 | Comments
CenturyLink was awarded a contract through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) for 9-1-1 equipment and emergency call management solutions. The contract covers emergency notification-related equipment, software and services that encompass dispatch and emergency call control.

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June 20, 2018 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) released a statement noting its supports the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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June 20, 2018 | Comments
A new study from TCCA highlights the need for commercial mobile network operators to participate in delivering next-generation critical communications solutions for societal and potential business benefits.

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June 20, 2018 | Comments
A dispute in Vermont that has left a significant portion of the state without cellphone service — and in turn 9-1-1 service — might require FCC or other federal action.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Battery monitoring firm BTECH signed a distribution agreement with Navair Technologies to enhance its public safety, wireless and infrastructure solutions offering

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Mission Critical Partners announced a new social media pilot program in the Charleston County (South Carolina) Consolidated 911 Center.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Artificial intelligence (AI) provider Nuance Communications announced a strategic partnership with Nexgen Public Safety Solutions, a CAD and records management system (RMS) vendor. The partnership will make it easier for law enforcement, emergency transportation services and 9-1-1 operators to quickly and accurately document and share information, a statement said.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Results from a project involving the use of Zetron’s MAX call-taking system’s handset location data capabilities for incoming calls to public-safety agencies are available. The location identification functionality is a product of Zetron’s partnership with RapidSOS, which sends life-saving data from connected devices to 9-1-1 and first responders.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Ed Reynolds, former board member of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), is one of five people who will be inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in September by the Wireless History Foundation.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) released a new funding opportunity around mission-critical voice. PSCR is seeking applications for activities to measure the impact of impairments to mission-critical voice (MCV) systems and quantify the quality of experience (QoE) for first responders.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
The FCC revoked the licenses for Metro Two-Way after it failed to appear at a prehearing conference June 5.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
The second chapter of the “Next Generation 911 Interstate Playbook,” an effort to share firsthand experiences and best practices from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as they transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) and interconnect 9-1-1 systems, is now available.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Verizon and the Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition (FWCC) joined the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International in questioning the validity of an interference study in the 6 GHz spectrum.

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June 19, 2018 | Comments
Apple announced iOS 12, set for public release later this year, will allow U.S. iPhone users who call 9-1-1 to automatically and securely share their location data with public-safety answering points (PSAPs).

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
U.K. Home Office and public-safety officials researched the Kodiak push-to-talk (PTT) solution from Motorola Solutions for the country’s public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network during a trip to the United States last week. The group is considering moving to the Kodiak technology rather than the previously planned Motorola WAVE 7000.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
AT&T and the city of San Jose, California, are teaming up in a public-private partnership that will foster the creation of a smart city with AT&T’s internet of things (IoT) technology. In April, AT&T and San Jose announced a strategic collaboration for the deployment of small cells.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) announced a workshop on rail transport 4 – 5 July in Sophia Antipolis, France.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
Telit announced two of its modules are available for public safety to bring internet of things (IoT) applications to market.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
A report from ABI Research found the total mission-critical communications market for base stations, repeaters, handsets and infrastructure in 2022 will be US$10 billion. The North American market continues to account for more than half of this world market with the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region in second place with a 20 percent market share.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
The FCC will hold a webinar on wireless emergency alerts and the emergency alert system Thursday at 2 p.m. EST.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
Grant County, Wisconsin, awarded Federal Engineering a contract to evaluate the county’s existing conventional simulcast VHF system and make recommendations for modification, expansion and possibly replacement of the radio infrastructure.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
Carbyne announced a partnership with Winbourne Consulting. As part of the partnership, Winbourne will use Carbyne's technology and help ensure seamless integration and operation of solutions into existing public-safety and emergency response infrastructure.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) updated its report, “Best Practices for Public Safety Interoperable Communications.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
Mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) provider Nemergent Solutions joined TCCA. As well as developing MCPTT software products based on open standards, the Nemergent team works alongside integrators and service providers to provide consolidated MCPTT solutions tailored to individual customer needs.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
The state of Virginia 9-1-1 Services Board approved the AT&T Emergency Services IP network (ESInet) as the recommended platform to provide next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) communications statewide.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
A National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) report describes emission spectrum and time domain measurements of a contraband wireless device microjammer operated temporarily in four commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) bands at a federal correctional institution (FCI) in Cumberland, Maryland. The four jammed CMRS bands were between 730 MHz and 2.155 GHz.

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June 18, 2018 | Comments
The stand-alone (SA) Release 15 5G specifications were completed at the most recent Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) meetings in La Jolla, California, USA. The stand-alone standards follow the release of the 5G new radio (NR) specifications for non-stand-alone (NSA) operation in December 2017.

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June 15, 2018 | Comments
Basecamp Connect (BCC) signed a distribution agreement with Navair Technologies to enhance its public-safety offering. BCC is a rapidly deployable communications solution that creates a local network, interconnects radios and automates network failovers to provide phone, internet and radio interoperability.

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June 15, 2018 | Comments
Regional wireless carrier C Spire introduced a new public-safety data priority service designed to help local and state emergency first responders send and receive critical mobile data communications during a crisis or natural disaster.

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June 15, 2018 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) criticized the Trump administration’s list of items subject to 25 percent tariffs following the Section 301 investigation into China’s trade practices. The list includes a number of inputs used in the U.S.-based manufacturing of telecom goods.

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June 15, 2018 | Comments
Representatives from 30 global telecommunications companies will join dozens of observers from U.S. state and federal agencies, as well as international participants, to test public-safety communications and related technologies during the second international Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event set for June 25 – 29 at Disaster City on the Texas A&M University (TAMU) campus in College Station, USA.

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June 14, 2018 | Comments
Lubbock Emergency Communication District in Texas is one of several agencies working with Motorola Solutions to advance its operations to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) by replacing analog equipment with new IP infrastructure.

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June 14, 2018 | Comments
Spectrum policy expert Pierre de Vries, PhD, will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Wireless Leadership Summit sponsored by the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA). Dr. de Vries will share his analysis of next-generation wireless systems and the difficulties and opportunities these emerging technologies pose for spectrum policy and business development.

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June 14, 2018 | Comments
State fiscal conditions show signs of improvement and greater stability compared with this time last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). According to governors’ proposed budgets — and enacted budgets for some biennial states — state general fund spending is projected to increase 3.2 percent in fiscal 2019 compared with fiscal 2018.

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June 14, 2018 | Comments
A new company, EVERYWHERE Communications, launched to provide satellite and cellular connections for the millions of people and assets that require global connectivity for safety, security and productivity.

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June 13, 2018 | Comments
Orbital Insight announced an exclusive agreement to bundle its products with the emergency flood mapping services of e-GEOS (ASI/Telespazio) for the U.S. government.

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June 13, 2018 | Comments
Fortinet signed a threat information sharing agreement with INTERPOL to combat global cybercrime and privacy protection.

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June 13, 2018 | Comments
The FCC seeks comment on two issues surrounding 9-1-1 service. First, the commission wants comment on its rules regarding the reliability of the nation’s 9-1-1 networks, including notification to public-safety answering points (PSAPs) of network outages affecting 9-1-1 service.

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June 12, 2018 | Comments
A new industry organization aimed at promoting open standards does not yet have the support of major standards-making bodies or the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) but will work to encourage support and participation from those groups.

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June 12, 2018 | Comments
Everbridge expanded the capabilities of the national alerting system that it is powering for Sweden. Going forward, residents and visitors in Sweden will be able to receive short message service (SMS) notifications on their mobile phones if they reside within an area where sudden events such as fire, extreme weather or a terror attack occur.

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June 12, 2018 | Comments
Comba Telecom named Don Henry as the new North American vice president of sales. Henry has served for three years as Comba’s director of sales, West region and unofficially as the public-safety program manager.

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June 12, 2018 | Comments
Brazilian mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Porto Seguro Conecta began offering Telit's simWISE solution to its internet of things (IoT) customers across Brazil in verticals including agrobusiness, fleet management and utilities.

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June 12, 2018 | Comments
Harris was awarded two contracts totaling $26 million to upgrade the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) mission-critical communications to safeguard the nation’s borders.

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June 12, 2018 | Comments
Regulatory authorities approved Sweden’s Securitas acquisition of the Kratos Public Safety and Security (KPSS) division from Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a top 10 systems integrator in the United States. The purchase price is about 600 million Swedish kroner (US$69 million) on a cash and debt-free basis.

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June 12, 2018 | Comments
The North Carolina general assembly’s program evaluation division (PED) released a report that found the state’s 800 MHz mission-critical communications network and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) services are complementary but do not duplicate functionality.

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June 11, 2018 | Comments
RF Industries announced results for the fiscal second quarter and first six months ended April 30. Second quarter sales were $22.4 million, nearly tripled compared with sales in the same quarter last year.

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June 11, 2018 | Comments
The city of Portsmouth, Virginia, will deploy a Motorola Solutions Project 25 (P25) network to provide communications technology and interoperable coverage to its first responders. The multimillion-dollar contract will modernize the city’s emergency communications platform and integrate with its about 1,000 P25 APX radios already deployed.

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June 11, 2018 | Comments
Three new public-safety agencies announced they subscribed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) broadband service. The agencies include Fresno County (California) Sheriff-Coroner’s Office; city of Orem, Utah; and the Oglala Sioux Police Department in South Dakota.

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June 11, 2018 | Comments
FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly posted a blog with updates on the states that diverted 9-1-1 fees to other functions or failed to submit paperwork to the FCC on their 9-1-1 funds.

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June 11, 2018 | Comments
More than 5,300 AT&T retail stores will allow “verified” first responders to sign themselves up for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) service. Verified first responders also have the option to sign up online.

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June 08, 2018 | Comments
With the buildout of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) underway, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chair Sue Swenson cautioned public safety against becoming complacent during a keynote speech at the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting in San Diego this week.

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June 08, 2018 | Comments
South Korea’s KT said it proposed a Smart Boracay project to the Philippine government to help make the tourist destination safer and more wired with KT's information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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June 08, 2018 | Comments
The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard deployed an Omnitronics digital radio dispatch system to help manage the mission-critical rescue communications across 2,512 kilometers of Australian coastline. The system helps increase the agency’s reach to remote locations for reliability, productivity, access and ease of communications for its 2,500 volunteers.

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June 08, 2018 | Comments
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) asked FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to help eliminate the sale of noncompliant radio devices distributed by eBay and Amazon.com.

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June 07, 2018 | Comments
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) demonstrated the direct transmission of sensor data from multiple transmitters via a geostationary satellite. For the test transmission, the institute employed portable, ground-based transmitters equipped with small, omnidirectional C-band antennas.

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June 07, 2018 | Comments
Barrett Communications completed a contract worth A$7 million (US$5.3 million) for tactical VHF equipment to an unnamed Middle Eastern military force. The new client deployed the equipment as part of a planned modernization of its existing military VHF systems.

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June 07, 2018 | Comments
The global internet of things (IoT) standards initiative oneM2M unveiled new tests as it holds its sixth Interop event.

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June 07, 2018 | Comments
Harold Linke was named president of Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE), and David Lund was named vice president and treasurer.

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June 07, 2018 | Comments
As commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks become an increasingly common support partner to secure TETRA networks, the communications link between the two bearers is now a critical focus. A new study from TCCA’s Security and Fraud Prevention Group (SFPG) highlights the need for robust processes and best practice to ensure there are no weaknesses in the interworking mechanism that could be exploited by those with malicious intent.

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June 07, 2018 | Comments
ZTE agreed to pay $1 billion under a new agreement with the U.S. government as a result of ZTE’s violations of its March 2017 settlement agreement. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Chinese company will also place an additional $400 million in suspended penalty money in escrow before the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will remove ZTE from the denied persons list.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
Portugal’s emergency services adopted its suite of communications solutions to transform the country’s existing systems in preparation for eCall, the next-generation automated vehicle aid system.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
Two Radio Club of America (RCA) board members received international awards for their contributions to amateur radio.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
The Argentine Railway, the eighth-largest railway in the world, chose RADWIN's train-to-ground solution after a proof of concept.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
The Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA) launched to ensure open standards for all broadband wireless communications and related technology used by public safety, a statement said. The alliance’s leaders are generally the same as the Public Safety Network consulting firm.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
The RedFlash Group, a national strategic consulting firm specializing in public safety and healthcare, added George Rice as a partner.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
pdvWireless reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year end results for the period ended March 31 and said it would lay off 20 percent of its staff.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
The FCC proposed a $2.8 million fine against HobbyKing for marketing 65 models of devices used to relay video from drones to amateur drone operators, which could apparently transmit in unauthorized RF bands, including some that could also operate at excessive transmission power levels.

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June 06, 2018 | Comments
Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (LA-RICS) is planning Long Term Evolution (LTE) round two with the primary objective of site augmentation of the round one system. The new round two sites will be selected in collaboration with AT&T.

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June 05, 2018 | Comments
The FCC waived the 800 MHz Wave 4 application freeze along the U.S./Mexico border to permit Maricopa County, Arizona, to operate on 10 National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) frequencies for mobile-only communications in the conventional mode.

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June 05, 2018 | Comments
Polaris Networks and Nemergent Solutions announced completion of interoperability tests between Polaris Networks’ NetEPC and Nemergent’s Mission Critical Services (MCS) application server.

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June 05, 2018 | Comments
Seven additional service providers signed agreements to provide the Iridium Certus service for maritime applications. Globecomm, Network Innovations, Pivotel, MVS USA, IEC-Telecom, MetOcean and Samsan Enterprise now will offer Iridium’s next-generation L-band broadband service.

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June 05, 2018 | Comments
The Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA) submitted ex parte comments with the FCC asking the commission to move forward with a decision on 800 MHz guard band (GB) and expansion band (EB) spectrum.

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June 05, 2018 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) urged the FCC not to proceed with band sharing within the 6 GHz microwave bands unless and until empirical evidence shows that unlicensed use can be controlled to avoid causing interference.

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June 05, 2018 | Comments
BearCom announced the acquisition of Spectrum Communications, a distributor with six locations in Ontario. This transaction extends BearCom’s presence throughout Ontario, which began with the acquisition of Mobile Business Communications early in 2018.

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June 04, 2018 | Comments
The State of Utah awarded Federal Engineering a contract to support the Utah Communications Authority as it moves toward next generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).

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June 04, 2018 | Comments
Jason Johur joined the TCCA’s board. Johur is Ericsson’s market development director for mission-critical and private networks and has been vice chair of TCCA’s Broadband Industry Group (BIG) since 2017.

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June 04, 2018 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) board approved a report from its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and robotics working group on using UAS for communications support.

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June 04, 2018 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) said that the FCC should ban the use of federal subsidies for products from suppliers deemed to pose a national security risk, including Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE.

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June 04, 2018 | Comments
President Donald Trump nominated Geoffrey Starks to replace Mignon Clyburn as an FCC commissioner.

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June 04, 2018 | Comments
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published its National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2018. The NRFP-18 allocates the radio frequency spectrum to radio services in the frequency bands between 8.3 kHz and 3000 GHz. All radio frequency assignments are to be made in line with the national radio frequency plan.

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June 04, 2018 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is starting to become a reality, so authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) must consider the wide-ranging ramifications of implementing the new mission-critical broadband data service and how it will affect in-building communications for first responders, building owners, facility managers and tenants.

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June 01, 2018 | Comments
The effective delivery of critical communications is crucial to ensuring public safety and to enabling businesses to protect personnel and property during major planned and unplanned events. At the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution, the industry is looking to see how 5G, big data, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) can be harnessed to further enhance critical communications in the context of an ever-changing technological landscape.

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June 01, 2018 | Comments
National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) version 4.1 release candidate 1 (RC1) is now available for review and comment. Feedback is due June 8.

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June 01, 2018 | Comments
Last month at a cybersecurity conference, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen previewed the May unveiling of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new cybersecurity strategy and issued a stern warning to cybercriminals. The new DHS Cybersecurity Strategy was released May 15.

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June 01, 2018 | Comments
A U.S. magistrate judge denied a Motorola Solutions motion for a forensic examination of Hytera Communications computers in China, saying that a limited discovery period had already lasted too long.

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June 01, 2018 | Comments
Attorneys for the federal government defended the use of a declaration from a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) employee in a lawsuit against FirstNet, arguing that the declaration was intended to show knowledge the employee had and not the contents of FirstNet’s contract with AT&T.

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