Cell phones leave location gaps for emergency services;
Lots of open issues pending for 600 MHz incentive auctions;
Spectrum-sharing deal with Pentagon near, broadcasters say;
Odom named policy director for FCC’s Rosenworcel;
FirstNet announces meeting for Dec. 17;
EWA questions Montana county’s waiver request;
Oklahoma 911 center mulls independence;
National 911 Program, NENA combine on 911 data report
According to FirstNet officials, the goal is to create “unique and jointly developed” network plans for each state and territory that will integrate with the core network that FirstNet will deploy. “[There will be] 56 different plans, and they have to come together, and then FirstNet can describe what the overarching plan will look like,” said FirstNet board member Craig Farrill.
There is considerable industy speculation about IP voice over broadband to smart devices, most of which is focused around the development of the FirstNet broadband network for first responders. What many don't realize is that technology available today connects smart mobile devices over coast-to-coast broadband networks to mission-critical LMR networks in almost every possible use-case scenario.
Prototypes of LTE products that provide full mission-critical-voice functionality could be available for laboratory testing within two years, said Dereck Orr, program manager for Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR), in recent congressional testimony.
Officials say the project is critical for public-safety communications, because L.A.-area jurisdictions are required to vacate their LMR operations from the T-Band spectrum (470-512 MHz) by 2021, and there is not enough spectrum available in other bands to simply migrate existing narrowband systems.
Emil Olbrich, head of LTE research, development, testing and evaluation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), outlines some of the changes occurring at the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) labs in Colorado to enable new levels of testing for first-responder LTE systems and products.
Rajesh Pankaj, senior vice president of engineering for Qualcomm, provides an overview of his company’s proposal to leverage LTE-Advanced technology on unlicensed spectrum and discusses its potential application for public safety as part of the FirstNet initiative during the LTE North America conference in Dallas.