Donny Jackson

Donny
Jackson
Editor,
Urgent Communications

Donny Jackson is editor of Urgent Communications magazine. Before joining UC in 2002, he covered telecommunications for four years as a freelance writer and as news editor for Telephony magazine. Prior to that, he worked for suburban newspapers in the Dallas area, serving as editor-in-chief for the Irving News and the Las Colinas Business News.

Articles
Hytera Communications completes acquisition of Sepura
​China-based Hytera Communications announces that it completed the acquisition of the Sepura Group, ending the months-long saga for the $92 million all-cash purchase of the United Kingdom (UK)-based provider of TETRA products and solutions.
Massachusetts seeks bidders for potential public-safety RAN alternative to nationwide FirstNet system
Massachusetts issues a request for response (RFR) that seeks input from vendors willing to build and maintain a statewide public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN), making it the seventh state to initiate a procurement designed to provide an “opt-out” alternative to the nationwide FirstNet deployment.
Huawei: Nermin Mohamed outlines how SDN and NFV can benefit public-safety communications
Nermin Mohamed, Huawei’s vice president of solutions and marketing, explains how the use of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) within modern-day broadband wireless system can enhance functionality, provisioning and reliability on mission-critical networks.
Radvisory 5G: Keith Radousky highlights public-safety in-building solution at Illinois high school
Keith Radousky, president of Radvisory 5G, describes a recently completed project to provide in-building coverage to public-safety entities and commercial carriers at a large high school in Evanston, Ill., during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the 5G North America show in Austin.
AT&T CEO expects accelerated FirstNet buildout, promises hardening, ‘ruthless preemption’ for public safety
​AT&T expects to deploy the Band 14 FirstNet public-safety LTE network “much quicker” than the five-year schedule included in the request for proposals (RFP), and first-responder subscribers will have “ruthless preemption” access rights on the system, according to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.
EJL Wireless Research: Earl Lum outlines some key deployment decisions for AT&T, FirstNet
Earl Lum, president of EJL Wireless Research, highlights some key differences between LMR designs and the LTE architecture that AT&T will deploy for FirstNet during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at 5G North America in Austin.
Hytera Communications deal for Sepura expected to close next week
Hytera Communications plans to complete its $92 million deal to buy Sepura on May 24 after receiving favorable indications recently from regulators in Germany and the United Kingdom (UK), according to a joint statement from the companies released this week.
Wisconsin expected to become sixth state to issue public-safety RFP
Wisconsin next week plans to become the latest state to issue a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids from vendors willing to build and maintain a statewide public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN), if the governor decides to pursue the FirstNet ‘opt-out’ alternative later this month.
Harris, Zetron announce strategic partnership
Zetron and Harris announce a strategic partnership that will let Harris sales channels offer Zetron’s AcomNOVUS dispatch console systems in connection with DMR and P25 radio offerings from Tait Communications that were the subject of a similar strategic partnership that was announced last year.
Zetron focuses on deployments, integration with recent API releases
After releasing a series of application programming interfaces (APIs) beginning late last year, Zetron is seeing dispatch centers leverage the new capabilities and efficiencies that are enabled through the offerings, according to company officials.
Motorola Solutions ‘thrilled’ about FirstNet, but role on AT&T team still being finalized
Motorola Solutions is excited to be part of AT&T’s winning nationwide team, but the company’s role in the nationwide public-safety broadband deployment have not been determined fully, Motorola Solutions officials acknowledged during the first-quarter earnings call.
Pryme teams with Zello, others to provide accessories in fast-growing cellular PTT market
A growing number of enterprises are replacing or augmenting land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems with Zello’s push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) offering combined with speaker microphones and other accessories from Pryme, according to officials from both companies.
Motorola Solutions buying Kodiak to enhance broadband push-to-talk position
Motorola Solutions announces an agreement to purchase Kodiak Networks, the push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) provider that has partnered with AT&T and other carriers to offer carrier-integrated PTT solutions that have complemented or replaced land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems during the past few years.
Kansas PSAPs working with AT&T to build ESInet, take steps toward NG911 during next year
Public-safety answering point (PSAPs) throughout Kansas are expected to leverage geospatial routing of 911 calls over AT&T’s Emergency Services IP network (ESInet) by the end of the year or early in 2018, according to the chairman of the state’s 911 coordinating council.

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