Donny Jackson

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.

AT&T is apparent selection to build FirstNet, as Rivada Mercury files protest over elimination from bid
Rivada Mercury is protesting its elimination from consideration to become FirstNet’s contractor to build and operate the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN)—an action that points to AT&T as the selected bidder, although court documents indicate that the award likely will be delayed until at least March.
FCC slowdown could leave 900 MHz proceeding in limbo until next year
It is unclear whether a request from Republicans that the FCC not tackle controversial subjects until the administration led by President-elect Donald Trump takes office will prevent the agency from taking action on the 900 MHz private broadband proposal, but it is a possibility, according to an official with the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA).
Hytera gets one-week extension to continue acquisition talks for Sepura
British regulators grant China-based Hytera Communications at least one additional week—until next Friday, Dec. 9—to announce whether it will make an offer to buy United Kingdom (UK)-based LMR manufacturer Sepura, according to a Sepura statement.
LMR will have role for the foreseeable future, should be integrated with broadband, panelists say
Land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems will continue to be used for the foreseeable future, but the LMR industry will need to adapt its offerings to a new communications landscape that includes broadband technologies like LTE, according to speakers participating on a recent panel exploring the subject.
Arizona changes RFP submission date to Dec. 29, waiting for FirstNet contractor announcement
The state of Arizona alters to Dec. 29 the deadline for vendors to submit bids to its request for proposals (RFP) to build and operate a public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN), if Arizona’s governor chooses to pursue the FirstNet opt-out alternative next year, according to a state official.
Mexico awards Red Compartida wholesale broadband deal to Altan group; Rivada Networks disputes decision
Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transport awards its much-anticipated Red Compartida 20-year wholesale wireless broadband procurement to the Altan consortium that was the only remaining bidder after last week’s disqualification of Rivada Networks, which is contesting the ruling.
California releases RFI for statewide public-safety LTE system
California issues a request for information (RFI) in hopes of attracting proposals from bidders interested in building and operating a statewide public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN), if California decides to pursue the opt-out alternative to FirstNet’s nationwide deployment plan for the state.
Hytera considering bid for Sepura
Land-mobile-radio (LMR) equipment provider Hytera Communications recently confirmed that it is considering a bid for Sepura, which last year purchased Teltronic—a company that does business in the United States as PowerTrunk, the leading TETRA solution provider in the U.S.
FirstNet announces opening of laboratory to test public-safety solutions
FirstNet officials announce the opening of the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab at the organization’s technical headquarters in Boulder, Colo., where equipment and other solutions can be tested and evaluated before being deployed on the nationwide public-safety broadband network.
Potomac Spectrum Partners: Bruce Scapier outlines how TASSTA enables interoperable LMR, smartphone nets
Bruce Scapier, president and managing member of Potomac Spectrum Partners, explains how the interoperability solution from partner TASSTA will be leveraged to make the company's proposed TETRA system beneficial to non-TETRA users in the United States, including those who have other LMR devices and smartphones. TASSTA is one of three integral partners in the Potomac Spectrum Partners initiative, with the others being TETRA technology partner PowerTrunk and Space Data, which deploys near-space balloons that act as "towers in the sky" to maximize the coverage footprint.
Rivada Networks sues to contest bid disqualification in Mexico, alleges procurement-related robbery
Rivada Networks files suit in a Mexican federal court in an attempt to have its Red Compartida bid—a proposal to build and operate a nationwide 700 MHz wholesale LTE network in Mexico—evaluated after Mexico’s government disqualified Rivada for failing to provide a bid bond for the project by the bid deadline, according to a company spokesman.
Rivada’s Ganley calls on FirstNet to share revenues with states, provide free service to public safety
FirstNet should change its legal stance to allow state to share surplus revenues and provide public safety with a free-service package to make the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) successful, Rivada Networks co-CEO Declan Ganley said during a public session this week.
Harris: Michelle Johnson describes work being done at company's LTE Center of Excellence
Michelle Johnson, director of LTE products and strategic partnerships for Harris, highlights the research-and-development work being conducted at the company’s LTE Center of Excellence during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the Critical LTE Communications Forum in Chicago.
FirstNet will follow federal procurement rules, but delays in the process will not be allowed, CEO Poth says 1
FirstNet will not cut procedural corners or accept unnecessary delays as it enters the final stages of the procurement to select a contractor that will be tasked to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) for the next 25 years, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said yesterday.
Hytera: Andy Zhao outlines company's technology roadmap for LTE, other next-generation products
Hytera President Andy Zhao unveils the company's plans to introduce LTE-DMR and LTE-TETRA user devices next spring and LTE infrastructure equipment later in 2017. In addition, Hytera's technology roadmap calls for the company to develop solutions to serve the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) market, Zhao told IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during IWCE's Critical LTE Communications Forum in Chicago.

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