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August 01, 2017 | Comments
When and how the transition to 6.25 kilohertz will happen is anyone’s guess, but the FCC continues to remind licensees that the transition is still in the commission’s future plans.

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July 31, 2017 | Comments
Standards for mission-critical features within Long Term Evolution (LTE) continue to move forward with the partial completion of Release 14 in June and the addition of work on an LMR-to-LTE interworking standard in Release 15.

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July 28, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions announced plans to buy the North American 9-1-1 and Project 25 (P25) business of Airbus. Airbus’ TETRA business based in Europe is not part of the acquisition.

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July 25, 2017 | Comments
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) said they have developed a new network protocol that simplifies the networking process and makes data transfer during emergencies more efficient.

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July 20, 2017 | Comments
Rural coverage, physical security and cybersecurity, and integration with next-generation technologies dominated much of the discussion during a hearing on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) held by the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet July 20.

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July 17, 2017 | Comments
Asia is a key market for critical communications systems for transport. Many developing countries are investing massively in transit systems. China, for example, adds 450 subway stations on average every year. By 2020, Beijing and Shanghai will have 1,050 and 970 kilometers of subway, respectively, making their networks among the longest in the world.

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July 17, 2017 | Comments
In evaluating its options, the goal of every state should be to obtain the best possible network coverage for its first responders. The safety of first responders and the public must be the primary concern in evaluating the AT&T/FirstNet plan. To conduct a reasonably thorough examination, the governors and their teams must have access to the necessary financial, technical and legal information regarding AT&T’s commitments to deliver the NPSBN.

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July 17, 2017 | Comments
MissionCritical Communications interviewed Troy Babbitt, Wyoming’s single point of contact (SPOC), about the state’s decision to opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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July 05, 2017 | Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in coming days plans to release a report summarizing results from the first mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event held June 19 – 23. The report will follow preliminary data from the interoperability test sessions for mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipment.

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June 29, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) expects initial mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services to be available on the nationwide public-safety broadband network by March 2019, according to a FirstNet road map for 2018 and 2019.

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