Athena Wireless exhibits its Pixie LTE small cell that includes millimeter-wave backhaul in a package the size of a smoke detector during the IWCE 2014 show in Las Vegas. Pixie now supports operation on the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet.
Equipment supporting standardized mission-critical voice over LTE (VoLTE) should be commercially available in 2018, while mission-critical voice solutions outside the standard could be offered in the marketplace years before that, an Alcatel-Lucent official said last week during an IWCE session.
Tom Gramaglia, American Tower’s vice president of business development, discusses the healthy wireless market and the potential opportunities associated with the FirstNet initiative to provide broadband connectivity to public safety.
FirstNet board members Jeff Johnson and Charles Dowd express optimism about the organization and offer personal perspectives on many aspects of the proposed nationwide broadband network for public safety during a session at IWCE 2014.
Robert Andreas, Thales Communications’ director of systems solutions–research and development, outlines the capabilities of the company’s deployable-communications solution during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson on the IWCE 2014 show floor.
It’s too early for states and territories to choose whether to opt in to FirstNet or build a public-safety broadband network for itself, but officials for these jurisdictions should be conducting due diligence as quickly as possible, so they will be ready when the opt-in/opt-out decision has to be made, according to an IWCE panel on the subject.
FirstNet will plan carefully and be transparent in its efforts to deploy a nationwide broadband system for first responders, and “we will deliver this network for public safety,” FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino said yesterday during the afternoon keynote session at IWCE 2014.