Com-Net, Marconi ally for TETRA sales push
Com-Net Ericsson Critical Radio Systems, Lynchburg, VA, has entered into a strategic alliance with London-based Marconi to distribute Marconi’s terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) digital mobile equipment.
Com-Net Ericsson will sell fixed-element components and user terminals for customized, turnkey private communications systems. The two companies will also jointly develop next-generation TETRA products.
Com-Net Ericsson expects its distribution of Marconi’s TETRA portfolio to help the companies’ joint efforts to further penetrate the global market while expanding the North American market for next-generation digital radio communications.
“They have the only proven 800MHz TETRA solution,” said Steve Savor, Com-Net Ericsson’s chief executive officer.
Luciano Maciotta, managing director of Marconi’s Mobile Radio Business, said, “Com-Net Ericsson is a natural partner for this division of Marconi’s business, with a strong presence in major markets, including the North American private mobile radio market.”
Com-Net Ericsson is investigating intellectual property rights (IPR) connected with TETRA and plans to resolve any potential issues regarding rights owned by other companies.
“We have had positive signs from the other [TETRA] vendors that IPR issues can be resolved, and we intend to have them resolved for the benefit of the American public,” said Beth Jones, Com-Net Ericsson’s public relations manager. “The demand for the access for this advanced technology is increasing in the United States, and for good reasons.”
Jones said that Com-Net Ericsson intends to apply for FCC type acceptance for the Marconi products as early as the end of August.
Com-Net Ericsson and Marconi demonstrated their TETRA portfolio – the Elettra system – at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Conference & Exposition in Boston. (“Elettra” is a name shared by radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter and yacht.) The demonstration included interoperability tests of TETRA equipment at the Com-Net Ericsson and Marconi booths.
TETRA is a time-division, multiple-access (TDMA) standard adopted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for digital trunked radio products.
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