Carrier and Nokia announce a joint plan designed to address utilities’ long-stated need to access broadband spectrum to support critical communications. The offering calls for AT&T to lease its spectrum for 15 years to utilities, which would pay for the deployment of private LTE networks using Nokia technology.
While FirstNet’s RFP release may be the focus of the public-safety communications arena, many countries in the Caribbean also are preparing for the development of first-responder LTE networks, according to an official for Neptune Mobile, which hopes to deploy the systems throughout the region.
New Hampshire has made no decision to opt out of FirstNet, even though the state has issued a request for proposal (RFP) that seeks bids on a project that calls for a public-safety LTE network to be built throughout the state before FirstNet is expected to begin construction on its nationwide public-safety broadband system, according to a key state official.
Motorola Solutions has inked a deal to buy Airwave—the provider of the public-safety TETRA network in Great Britain—for about £700 million cash, or $1.05 billion, as part of the company’s effort to expand its global managed and support services business, according to a Motorola Solutions official.
Despite two feet of rainfall, almost 300,000 first-responder calls and hundreds of water rescues during last month’s historic South Carolina flood, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department radio communications sustained virtually uninterrupted service due to proper preparation and its P25 radio network, according to a county official.
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) has an “unplanned funding gap” in its budget after the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Approval Authority retroactively pulled $11 million in UASI 2011 grant funds from LA-RICS—allegedly on a recommendation from the office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, according to a letter from the Los Angeles County board of supervisor to Garcetti’s office.
Recent instances of telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks offer a glimpse of how cyber attacks could completely cripple public-safety answering points (PSAPs) in the dire moments of taking life or death calls, a speaker said during APCO’s Emerging Technology Forum in Atlanta.
Mark Crosby, president/CEO of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), talks about his organization’s new spectrum-coordination responsibilities in the 2360-2390 MHz band for medical body-area networks (MBANs). Users of MBAN devices will share the spectrum, which currently is being used for flight-testing applications.