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January 31, 2017 | Comments
Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, offers details on Project 43, FirstNet’s opt-out option, 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy, 4.9 GHz and more.

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January 23, 2017 | Comments
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) invited applications to participate in the April auction of 700 MHz spectrum licenses, which means Australian public-safety agencies will likely not get access to 700 MHz dedicated spectrum for Long Term Evolution (LTE) services.

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January 20, 2017 | Comments
Jan. 19 marked the third of a series of five deadlines in Rivada’s pre-award protest of the contract award for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). Several motions and other documents have been filed but are sealed under a protection order.

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January 20, 2017 | Comments
Despite filings from numerous mission-critical communications organizations in opposition, the FCC granted Higher Ground’s application, with conditions, for a nationwide license to operate mobile ES transmitters in the fixed service 6 GHz band.

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January 13, 2017 | Comments
An annual FCC report identifies eight states and Puerto Rico as diverting a portion of collected 9-1-1 fees for non-9-1-1 related purposes in 2015. Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington, and West Virginia used a portion of their 9-1-1/E9-1-1 funds to support non-9-1-1-related public-safety programs. Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico used a portion of their 9-1-1/E9-1-1 funds for either non-public-safety or unspecified uses.

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January 09, 2017 | Comments
Tero Pesonen, chair of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG), discusses the public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) broadband market.

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January 09, 2017 | Comments
BearCom is planning to deploy a temporary MOTOTRBO Linked Capacity Plus system for the Presidential Inauguration Committee to cover venues used during the upcoming presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

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December 20, 2016 | Comments
Industry acquisitions and consolidation dominated headlines during 2016 with readers viewing these topics more than other news during 2016. Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Spillman Technologies in September led the list followed by Hytera Communications’ US$92 million offer for Sepura last week.

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December 16, 2016 | Comments
Chinese professional mobile radio (PMR) provider Hytera Communications made a binding offer to buy U.K.-based PMR technology company Sepura for 20 pence (US$0.25) in cash per Sepura share. The acquisition values the entire issued share capital of Sepura at about £74 million (US$92 million). Hytera confirmed to the Sepura board of directors that the offer is solely in cash, and the Sepura board recommended that the offer be accepted.

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December 13, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) outreach and consultation team outlined in more detail the exact information that will be included in state plans and how that information will be delivered to state officials after a contract is awarded.

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