Recently, I wrote about the debate I was having with myself over whether to finally succumb to temptation and purchase a smartphone. Several readers said that they shared my concerns. Others did not. Of those, the general consensus was that I should just turn the damn thing off when I didn’t want to be bothered by it. I don’t think it will be so quite so simple in practice.
With such financial help from the government and leaders making wise procurement decisions, public safety has an opportunity to foster a more competitive vendor landscape with LTE than it has in the LMR arena during the past several decades.
Recently I wrote a column that questioned why we hear more about digital-radio enhancements for the fire service than we do about using multiband radios. I received a tremendous amount of feedback on the topic. Readers brought up important points about why multiband isn’t ready for service, including the fact that it only operates in one band at a time and is too expensive for public safety to afford.
It will be tough for public safety to convince lawmakers to give first responders both the D Block and money to help pay for LTE networks nationwide, if public safety cannot provide something in return — in this example, spectrum in the UHF band that can be auctioned.
Simplified infrastructure is expected be a hot topic during next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. But as Peter Jarich, vice president with Current Analysis, points out, vendors can’t get too radical, as they start to differentiate their architectures.