Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP) orders TETRA equipment and engineering expertise for U.S. network deployments from PowerTrunk, which is awaiting word whether its parent company Sepura will be bought by fellow LMR manufacturer Hytera Communications.
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.
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.
TETRA systems will not be permitted to operate on National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) frequencies in the 800 MHz and 700 MHz bands, according to an FCC order that cites potential interference if TETRA was deployed on these airwaves.
Motorola Solutions acknowledges that it also proposed a TETRA solution in an attempt to win a bus-system radio contract for the New York Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City—a project that the company has formally protested, in part because the company claims that the FCC prohibits TETRA deployment on the 700 MHz public-safety spectrum.
David Torres, PowerTrunk’s vice president of Canada sales, explains how the company’s new solution can support a standalone TETRA network, a Band 14 LTE network or a hybrid TETRA-LTE system. The PowerTrunk TETRA-LTE offering is expected to be commercially available late this year.
Keith Ammons, vice president of market development at PowerTrunk, talks about the company’s TETRA deployments with BC Hydro, New Jersey Transit and LAX Airport during this conversation with UC Editor Donny Jackson prior to the IWCE virtual trade show.