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November 20, 2017 | Comments
An AT&T executive addressed criticisms the company has received regarding the lack of transparency surrounding its contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), as well as accountability measures.

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
Government attorneys argued against claims that in creating the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Congress did not intend to fully exempt the agency from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a motion to dismiss a FOIA-related lawsuit.

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced that Jay English, the former director of APCO’s Communications Center and 9-1-1 Services Department will return to APCO in the newly created position of chief technology officer (CTO).

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
Utah has selected Federal Engineering to assist the Utah Communication Authority in preparing a request for proposals (RFP) for a statewide upgrade of its 800 MHz radio system.

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHB) amended the schedule for filing communications to file reports concerning Hurricane Maria to its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
The FCC announced the enhanced SMR dividing line in the 800 MHz band for Canada border regions (CBR) 1 through 6. The CBRs encompass the geographic area in the U.S. within 140 kilometers (87 miles) of the border with Canada and are divided into eight regions.

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
Three U.S. Congressmen from Vermont sent a letter to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) CEO Mike Poth with questions and concerns about he FirstNet opt-in or out process.

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
The Vermont Public Safety Broadband Network Commission will recommend to Governor Phil Scott that Vermont opt in to the state plan supplied by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and industry partner AT&T.

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services released a request for proposals (RFP) to provide the state with a public-safety broadband network that will fully interoperate with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network.

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November 17, 2017 | Comments
Georgia opted into the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan, while a Florida committee recommended an opt-in decision to the state’s governor.

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November 17, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) said in a position paper the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) should step up its timeline for implementing location-based services to track first responders. NPSTC said first responder tracking should be implemented by June 2019, but FirstNet officials said they would provide enhanced location during 2020.

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November 17, 2017 | Comments
A Home Office official said further delays to the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) are likely, and more information will be available once the current review is complete and a final plan is implemented. The U.K. Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee examined the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) project for a third time during a hearing 13 November.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
ViaSat announced it is working with the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Rural Health, NHS Highland and the Scottish Ambulance Service on a pilot program called SatCare. The program will enable paramedics to send high-resolution video and ultrasound images from connected ambulances to hospital-based medical experts, ahead of a patient's hospital arrival.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced its 2017 award winners, which will be honored at its annual banquet in Pittsburgh.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
The FCC adopted new rules to let television broadcasters use the next-generation broadcast TV transmission standard, called ATSC 3.0, on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
The FCC denied a waiver request by Kongsberg Seatex to permit certification and use of a maritime broadband radio (MBR) in either the 5.46 – 5.66 GHz or 5.85 ¬– 5.925 GHz bands.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a request filed by the Arizona Public Service Co. (APSC) for waiver of the 800 MHz application freeze along the border with Mexico, to permit licensing and implementation of a new statewide radio system.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
The FCC took additional steps to make spectrum above 24 GHz available to support innovative new uses enabled by fiber-fast wireless speeds and extremely low latency. Technological advances have increased the ability to harness millimeter wave (mmW) technology for fixed and mobile wireless communications in high band spectrum while demand for connected products and services continues to increase.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
The Colorado committee tasked with reviewing the responses to the state’s request for proposals (RFP) for potential First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out partners issued a conditional award to a combined bid from Rivada Networks and Macquarie. The award is contingent on the FirstNet Colorado Governing Body’s (FNCGB) recommendation to the governor and the governor’s ultimate decision to opt in or out of the proposed FirstNet state plan.

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November 15, 2017 | Comments
Interop Technologies enabled 13 carriers and carrier groups in 17 states within the U.S. to deploy enhanced wireless emergency alert (eWEA) to meet new FCC rules for wireless emergency alerts.

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November 15, 2017 | Comments
Mission Critical Technologies, a global exhibition and conference dedicated to next-generation public safety technologies, and International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), an annual event for communications technology professionals, are collaborating to bring new opportunities for critical communications technology vendors and professionals globally.

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November 15, 2017 | Comments
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) released “IEEE Technology Report on Wake-Up Radio,” a technology from the IEEE 802.11ba standards task group that significantly extends the battery life of devices and sensors, particularly those that are part of the internet of things (IoT).

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November 15, 2017 | Comments
Aviat Networks announced a new $3 million project with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The federal agency will purchase microwave, router and video surveillance hardware, software and services to improve earthquake-related communications throughout California.

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November 15, 2017 | Comments
The FCC approved the privacy and security plan for the National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), submitted Feb. 3 by national wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon, as well as NEAD LLC.

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November 15, 2017 | Comments
North Carolina announced that it will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
The Capital Area Emergency Communications District (CAECD) in central Texas cut over text-to-9-1-1 service for its 31 public-safety answering points (PSAPs) Oct. 4 with Solacom technology. With this service, more than 2 million residents in the counties of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Williamson, and Travis — as well as the state capital of Austin — now have a dependable way to contact 9-1-1 if and when voice calling isn’t an option.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced its newly elected board members and officers, who will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
Aviat Networks reported financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended Sept. 29.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
Comtech Telecommunications announced that its safety and security and enterprise technologies groups received three five-year contracts with an aggregate value of about $22.4 million.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau resolved an investigation after entering into a consent degree with Radwin into whether the company marketed unlicensed national information infrastructure (U-NII) devices in violation of the FCC’s equipment authorization and marketing requirements.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) published a new document, “TIA-5053 Mounting System Classification,” developed in response to changing antenna technology, which TIA said necessitated an industry standard for the classification of mounting systems. The document specifies requirements for telecommunications infrastructure related to mounting systems supporting antennas and related appurtenances.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications amended its original complaint in its patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola Solutions to remove claims of indirect and willful infringement.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
During the early days of television, evening game shows were among the most highly watched programs on the air. Few were more popular than “Who Do You Trust?,” which initially aired in 1956. Jump forward 60 years later, a new version of this show is back on the air. In both versions, a panel is provided with a story presented by three different contestants and a panel of judges who try to sort out which contestant is telling the truth. As we look at the current state of affairs surrounding the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), we could easily see a scenario in which the various players in the FirstNet arena could fill a panel of contestants, and the judges, otherwise known as public safety, would have a serious challenge determining a winner.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
AT&T has signed up the first subscribers in several First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-in states and is offering trial services to other customers. Several state contracting vehicles are publicly available as well, although each agency negotiates individual agency pricing with AT&T.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
Comtech Telecommunications announced that its safety and security technologies group was awarded a multiyear contract with an estimated value of about $73.8 million.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
Loudoun County, Virginia, selected Federal Engineering to complete a consolidation study for the county’s emergency communications center.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
Prescom and StreamWIDE jointly demonstrated the interoperability of Long Term Evolution (LTE) mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) networks with narrowband professional mobile radio (PMR) networks. PRESCOM, a provider of interconnection gateways for heterogeneous networks and high availability communications systems for control and command centers, and StreamWIDE, a provider of MCPTT application servers, joined efforts to showcase the interoperability of narrowband and broadband services.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) commented on World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) Advisory Committee draft recommendations regarding satellite overlay operations. The FCC's International Bureau sought comment on recommendations to be considered by the 2019 WRC and draft proposals provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
AT&T, Verizon and Tillman Infrastructure entered into a joint agreement to build hundreds of cell towers, and AT&T executives said the new builds will contribute to its 25-year agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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November 10, 2017 | Comments
NII Holdings announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2017. For the quarter, the company generated consolidated operating revenues of $205 million, a consolidated operating loss of $83 million and consolidated adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) loss of $37 million.

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November 10, 2017 | Comments
Several entities filed comments in the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) request for feedback about regulations for the 911 Grant Program. The program will offer $115 million in grant funds intended to help states and local jurisdictions upgrade their 9-1-1 call centers and systems to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) capabilities.

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November 09, 2017 | Comments
Axon announced the purchase of 100 Axon Fleet in-car video systems by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), 600 systems by the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) and a full deployment of 1,600 systems to the Louisiana State Police (LSP). FWPD and NOPD, both members of Major Cities Chiefs (MCC), placed orders in Q1 and 2 of 2017 respectively, with systems shipping in multiple phases through 2018. The order for LSP, a state and provincial agency, was placed in Q3 and will ship in segments in Q4 2017 and Q4 2018.

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November 09, 2017 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Canada and the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) announced a partnership to promote public-private collaboration for advancing emergency communications technologies.

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November 09, 2017 | Comments
Harris Corporation announced a free single-key Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-256 encryption algorithm upgrade for its public-safety radios that will make them Project 25 (P25)-compliant and eligible for federal funding.

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November 09, 2017 | Comments
AT&T expects to receive work orders for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) in early 2018, AT&T Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Stephens said at the Wells Fargo Media & Telecoms Conference Nov. 8.

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November 08, 2017 | Comments
Collab9, Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorized unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provider, announced that it partnered with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for what it said is the first FedRAMP authorized UCaaS deployment in the U.S. federal government.

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November 08, 2017 | Comments
Rivada Networks hired Joseph Titlebaum as general counsel and also hired David Hendon to lead the company’s business development in the U.K.

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November 08, 2017 | Comments
pdvWireless reported its second quarter results for the period ended Sept. 30.

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November 08, 2017 | Comments
The Senate confirmed David Redl as administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. President Donald Trump nominated Redl for the position in May.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
xG Technology signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Tesacom for the resale of xG’s products in Latin America. The market focus of the agreement will be the defense, security and commercial sectors, in particular for use in remote and challenging environments.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
LaaSer Critical Communications received U.S. patent No. 9,807,581 for its emergency caller location technology. The newest patent covers systems and methods associated with locating people who use text to 9-1-1 and routing their messages to the appropriate public-safety answering point (PSAP), as well as providing accurate location data on anyone sending an emergency text.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
Catalyst Communications Technologies celebrated its 20-year anniversary this month.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan for a wireless public-safety broadband network.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrapped up a two-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, where he met with government and industry officials to see and hear about the status of recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
AT&T deployed its helicopter flying cell on wings (COW) for the first time in Puerto Rico to deliver Long Term Evolution (LTE) data, voice and text services to customers. The technology will help temporarily restore connectivity and assess how first responders can use the drone in the future.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions chose to remove the Advanced Digital Privacy (ADP) encryption feature as an included option from all subscriber models.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
The Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) is working to jump-start a means to test and certify P25 Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) and Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) equipment. Specifically, the program is exploring potential government laboratories for the ISSI/CSSI compliance testing.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) President TJ Kennedy will step down from his position at the end of the year, a FirstNet spokesman confirmed.

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November 07, 2017 | Comments
Even as 800 MHz rebanding finally winds down, 800 MHz interference issues continue to plague public-safety communications officials. New cellular carrier rules in the band will likely affect public-safety networks nationwide.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
Manfred Blaha recently was named president of the Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE), an independent forum where representatives of public-safety user organizations, industry and research institutes can exchange ideas and best practices, develop road maps, and improve the future of public-safety communications.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
Ceragon Networks, a company that produces backhaul, released results for the third quarter of 2017, which ended Sept. 30.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) — scheduled to launch Nov. 10 — will feature an advanced Harris Corporation environmental measurement instrument to improve U.S. weather forecasting.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
Merced County, California, selected Federal Engineering to provide consulting and planning services relative to the county’s short- and long-term radio interoperability communications needs. The purpose of the study is to determine the most economical, efficient, reliable and state-of-the-art method for improving the reliability of the county’s current radio system.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
Earlier this month, BearCom teamed up with pdvWireless to provide a shipment of fully provisioned and ready-to-use two-way radios to assist relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Since the BearCom Houston team was extremely active during recovery efforts along the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Mayor’s Office invited the company to participate in the Puerto Rico assistance initiatives.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
Speedcast International announced it completed the previously announced 100 percent acquisition of UltiSat in a cash transaction of up to $100 million, payable over two years and subject to ongoing financial performance. The closing is effective as of 1 November 2017.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, announced more than $9 million in grant funding to charitable and educational organizations around the world. The grants will impact 3.4 million students, teachers, first responders and community members, with a focus on women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
The Norman Invasion won the Future of Public Safety Technology Prize Challenge hosted by Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR). The challenge focused on the development of a video series to help inspire entrepreneurs, solvers and innovators to get involved with PSCR research and support the advancement of public-safety communications technologies of tomorrow.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8.10 Engineering Committee on Trunking and Conventional Control issued a call for interest for two new documents: ANSI/TIA-102.AABC-D-3, initially titled “Trunking Control Channel Messages Addendum 3," and TSB-102-D, Project 25 TIA-102 Documentation Suite Overview.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) hosted a two-day Next Generation Deployable Networks Research and Development (R&D) Summit from October 18-19 at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Boulder Labs. The summit gave stakeholders an opportunity to provide input on public safety’s requirements and desired outcomes for the Next Generation Deployable Network, defined by PSCR as multiple independent Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks all operating in conjunction with one another to augment the existing public-safety broadband network.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a petition from T-Mobile USA asking for clarification on the FCC’s report and order that implemented new rules to facilitate the transition from text telephony (TTY) technology to real-time text (RTT).

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) said that it thinks many of the FCC’s rules are generally sound and serve a key purpose to help prevent interference between co-channel and adjacent channel licensees and between licensees in multiple services.

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November 03, 2017 | Comments
Canadian firm Sierra Wireless reported results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30. All results are reported in U.S. dollars.

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November 03, 2017 | Comments
RADIOPOL, a public access mobile radio (PAMR) network operator based in Bratislava, Slovakia, is deploying a nationwide system replacement using Hytera Mobilfunk TETRA equipment including more than 30 base stations.

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November 03, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions reported its earnings results for the third quarter. Sales increased 7 percent overall from the year-ago quarter and increased 5 percent organically driven by the Americas region.

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
The plaintiffs in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Commerce (DOC) filed a motion for partial summary judgment in the case. In a summary judgment, a judge decides a case without a full trial process based on all or just some of the issues contained in the case.

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions began delivery of a new mobility managed service to Victoria Police, with transit police and protective services officers in the Werribee area of Melbourne’s outer western suburbs being the first to access the mobility service this month. The managed service contract will run for a minimum of five years with the potential to extend to 11 years and is valued at more than A$50 million (US$38.6 million).

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
Airbus and Bulgaria’s Telcom Engineering received a contract award to extend and modernize the public-security network of the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior (MoI). The network provides secure communications to almost 20,000 users through more than 170 base stations.

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) announced two new institutional members.

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
The FCC reaffirmed its existing schedule for geotargeting alerts under its Wireless Emergency Alerting (WEA) system. The five largest mobile service providers must provide “clickable” embedded references to “best approximate” the target area by Nov. 1, 2017, but the FCC extended the timeline for smaller, regional wireless providers to come into compliance with that requirement.

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
The District of Columbia Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified contractor to provide districtwide broadband Long Term Evolution (LTE) services to D.C. public-safety entities and other government users.

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Amy Klobuchar introduced legislation to accelerate federal efforts to modernize the nation’s aging 9-1-1 systems.

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November 02, 2017 | Comments
Two additional states opted in to their respective First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plans Thursday.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
Life insurance startup Haven Life announces LifeLink, a free app that connects users with 9-1-1 and instantly shares an accurate location.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
The Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park baseball stadium experienced reliable connectivity and continuous uptime throughout the stadium for all public-safety professionals and first responders, said a statement from Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF). The installation of a distributed antenna system (DAS) earlier this year enabled two-way radio coverage spanning the entire stadium, including subgrade facilities.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
Westell Technologies announced results for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended Sept. 30. Revenue was $17.2 million, the third consecutive quarter of sequential growth, and comprised $7.9 million from the in-building wireless (IBW) segment, $4.7 million from the intelligent site management and services (ISMS) segment, and $4.6 million from the communication network solutions (CNS) segment.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
Kyocera International and Intrepid Networks, developer of situational-awareness software, collaborated to provide the Arlington County (Virginia) Police Department (ACPD) with high-performance, military-grade devices to support security operations at the 42nd Annual Marine Corps Marathon, held Oct. 22.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
NII Holdings’ Brazilian operating subsidiary, Nextel Telecomunicações, signed amendments to its loan agreements with the China Development Bank, Banco do Brazil and Caixa Econômica Federal.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin accepted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public-safety community. FirstNet will bring technologies that will help Oklahoma's first responders save lives and protect communities, a statement said.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) released a Project 25 (P25) standards update from the TIA TR-8 October meetings in San Diego.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) announced the release of a $5 million National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for user interfaces.

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November 01, 2017 | Comments
Members of the House communications subcommittee seemed generally pleased with the progress of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and its contractor AT&T based on dialog during a hearing Wednesday morning, while asking detailed questions on interoperability, coverage and network resiliency.

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