Yes, we know the recent East Coast earthquake wasn’t as big as some of the ones they get out west. However, it was big enough to illustrate out the problems that occur when one relies on public networks in an emergency, as well as the need for a public-safety broadband infrastructure.
When big incidents happen, commercial wireless networks often are unavailable. Meanwhile, public-safety communications were maintained on dedicated land-mobile-radio networks, such as the one in Charlottesville, Va. — the epicenter of the earthquake.
Dish is banking on approval given LightSquared’s success with the FCC. It wants to build out the hybrid network using 40 MHz of spectrum it acquired from the two bankrupt firms under a new subsidiary called Gamma. The initiative is similar to what LightSquared is proposing in the L-band.
Cassidian Communications is demonstrating the ability to deliver one-to-many and one-to-one push-to-talk communications using smartphones or tablet computers over an LTE network during the APCO conference in Philadelphia.