It’s an exciting time in the utility industry, with smart-grid technologies promising new levels of reliability, flexibility and functionality. Tune into a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 6, to gain valuable insights from three experts about the various options–and challenges–facing the industry.
Morgan O’Brien (left) and John Pescatore of Pacific DataVision (PDV) outline the potential roadmap as the company seeks to transition its 900 MHz enhanced-dispatch offering from LMR to LTE during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the EWA/USMSS Wireless Leadership Summit in Denver.
Nextel Communications co-founder Morgan O’Brien is returning to the push-to-talk dispatch arena with Pacific DataVision. O’Brien says Pacific DataVision will utilize a very different sales strategy than Nextel did, relying largely on radio dealers throughout the country instead of a company sales force.
Morgan O’Brien—best known as being the co-founder of Nextel Communications—says he is returning to his roots, this time as vice chairman of Pacific DataVision, which recently purchased 900 MHz spectrum from Sprint that will be used to offer push-to-talk services designed for enterprise dispatch.
FirstNet board members vote to initiate public-notice and request for information (RFI) proceedings that are designed to prepare for its much-anticipated request-for-proposal (RFP) procurement efforts next year.
Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O’Brien and Brian McAuley, announces that the company has acquired all 900 MHz spectrum previously owned by Sprint. The company plans to offer enterprise push-to-talk dispatch services—targeting critical-infrastructure entities—in U.S. markets beginning next year and will seek FCC approval to use its 3×3 MHz of spectrum to support broadband offerings in the future.
To date, FirstNet has done a good job of keeping all of its options available by not making any commitments regarding its business plan or network design. But some key decisions in at least one of these areas will be needed to make significant progress on the other.
Christina Richards, vice president of marketing at AOptix Technologies, explains how her company uses a combination of millimeter-wave and free-space-optics technologies to provide robust wireless backhaul links to support critical communications.
Sonim CEO Bob Plaschke talks about the features of his company’s hardened LTE phones, which will be available in the fall for use on commercial-carrier networks and are proceeding through PSCR testing for use on the Band 14 system being built by FirstNet.