Motorola Solutions issues statement regarding company’s TETRA plans in North America
Motorola Solutions recently received FCC certification for a TETRA base station—a technological offering that the company has deployed extensively throughout in other continents, but not in North America. Motorola Solutions declined to be interviewed by IWCE’s Urgent Communications about its North American TETRA plans, but the company did provide the following statement:
“Motorola Solutions is pleased to have gained FCC certification for our Dimetra TETRA base station.,” the company’s statement reads. “While there has been little customer demand to date for TETRA in North America, when a customer weighs the considerations and selects TETRA technology, Motorola Solutions will help that customer to design the right communications solution drawing from its award-winning TETRA portfolio and will add our expertise in evaluating potential case-by-case interference issues that have not yet been addressed by the FCC or standards bodies.
“For radio communications outside of public safety, Motorola Solutions brings the advantage of a portfolio inclusive of every major radio standard, to advise organizations on the best technology selection to meet their needs and aspirations.”
On the surface, the statement appears to support an oft-repeated opinion by Motorola Solutions officials that Project 25 (P25) should be the interoperable standard used by public-safety personnel in North America, while other LMR standards can be considered more in other use cases.
“User requirements, spectrum assets, interoperability needs, and regulatory considerations will all factor in to providing our trusted counsel,” according to the statement. “Delivering the performance demanded by private-mobile-radio users require designing to exceptional standards; ensuring availability, survivability, and interoperability—often under the most unusual circumstances.
“Motorola Solutions is the global market leader in the infrastructure and devices supporting each of the major radio communications standards around the world—Project 25, TETRA and DMR. Our strong market position in each of these technology standards is founded on the deep investments we make in advancing the performance of radio technology. as well as our focus on connecting networks, devices, applications, partners and services to provide complete solutions aligned to our customers’ needs.”