Ancom Communications sets milestone as Access Spectrum’s first customer
Access Spectrum, Bethesda, Md., a company with licenses to 700 MHz and 220 MHz spectrum that it offers for use by private carriers and end-users under lease agreements, has identified its first customer.
In a report filed with the FCC on Oct. 1, Access Spectrum referred to a Minneapolis-area radio dealer as its first customer with a 10-year spectrum use agreement for a Motorola-designed trunked radio communications system using 10 12.5-kHz-wide channels. Yesterday, Access Spectrum identified the customer as Ancom Communications, based Burnsville, Minn.
Ancom is an authorized Motorola two-way radio dealer that provides sales, service, installation and rental of two-way radios and pagers to the utility, manufacturing, construction, chemical, and public safety industries in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The company was founded in 1991.
The system, which uses PassPort trunking, is set for launch in January 2003. It will carry portable and mobile two-way radio and dispatch communications services.
David Anderson, Ancom’s president, said that partnering with Access Spectrum was critical to Ancom’s growth strategy.
“Access Spectrum’s unique band manager solution provides Ancom with access to exclusive, unencumbered spectrum over a geography which we specified. Further, our agreement with Access Spectrum permits us to use this spectrum for a variety of customized voice and data applications. This arrangement allows us to control our destiny without the usual time-consuming and restrictive licensing requirements,” Anderson said, in a prepared statement.
Mark Crosby, Access Spectrum’s president, said that Ancom fits his company’s customer profile as “a leading radio dealer with a proven track record of success in its market.”