Carrier and Nokia announce a joint plan designed to address utilities’ long-stated need to access broadband spectrum to support critical communications. The offering calls for AT&T to lease its spectrum for 15 years to utilities, which would pay for the deployment of private LTE networks using Nokia technology.
While FirstNet’s RFP release may be the focus of the public-safety communications arena, many countries in the Caribbean also are preparing for the development of first-responder LTE networks, according to an official for Neptune Mobile, which hopes to deploy the systems throughout the region.
Mark Crosby, president/CEO of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), talks about his organization’s new spectrum-coordination responsibilities in the 2360-2390 MHz band for medical body-area networks (MBANs). Users of MBAN devices will share the spectrum, which currently is being used for flight-testing applications.
Nothing fouls up your ability to communicate with your teams in the field or back at the station than interference. Sometimes it can be intentional; sometimes it is just accidental. Either way, you know it needs to stop, but you don’t know how to make that happen or where to turn for answers. The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) is here to help.
Utilities and critical-infrastructure entities should embrace the notion of the Pacific DataVision (PDV) offering to provide broadband services to such users, if technical issues are addressed and the prioritization commitments are made. At this junction, these critical-infrastructure groups need as many broadband options as possible.
First responders in three regions of New Jersey later this year are expected to utilize a new dedicated public-safety LTE network comprised entirely of deployable infrastructure operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet, according to officials for the vendors building the network.
Development of deployable towers that are taller than 500 feet would be very useful in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, where the entire local communications infrastructure is unavailable.