It has taken much longer than originally expected, but 800 MHz rebanding is almost complete in most of the United States 10 years after the FCC established a plan for the spectral reconfiguration of the band. Was it worth the effort?
Rick Rotondo, vice president of marketing and public relations for XG Technology, describes some of the partnership opportunities that dealers can have with the company, which uses cognitive-radio technology to provide broadband service over unlicensed spectrum.
Advancements in technology and the emerging popularity of digital two-way radio systems make it increasingly important to be aware of other radio systems around you, particularly when operating within a shared spectrum environment. Not only have the numbers of interference incidences between digital and analog systems increased, they have evolved from the sound of a human voice to that unbearably annoying digital screech or white noise.
Juan Santiago, vice president of business development for Athena Wireless, describes the capabilities of the company’s LTE small-cell offerings for fixed indoor and outdoor environments, or to be embedded into other solutions to enable mobile connectivity.
Thurston County, Wash., opts to stick with conventional analog VHF technology but overhaul its system to improve coverage and meet the FCC’s narrowbanding mandate while realizing significant cost savings compared to an upgrade to a digital LMR system.
FirstNet’s finance committee approves a resolution to establish new guidelines allocating $72.1 million for expenditures designed to implement the program roadmap, without increasing the organization’s overall budget for the current fiscal year.
Motorola Solutions announces the APX 7000L, a multiband P25 portable radio with an LTE module that enables the transmission and reception of broadband data—the first product to include LTE connectivity in a public-safety-grade LMR handheld device.