Public-safety entities will be able to purchase Motorola Solutions 700 MHz LTE networking and device gear beginning next month, the vendor giant announced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference.
According to Andrew Thiessen, requirements and standards lead for Public Safety Communications Research, once the LTE-based nationwide public-safety wireless broadband communications system is built, it will exist side by side with the sector’s LMR-based narrowband communications networks for at least a decade. Keep in mind that it likely will take at least a decade to build.
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.