Swissphone announces a partnership with Iowa-based RACOM, which will be the first certified U.S. dealer to offer Swissphone’s DiCal Digital Paging Solution that features voice and text paging, as well as a system architecture that is unique to paging in the United States.
FirstNet makes tangible progress toward procurement with last week’s release of its comprehensive RFI and preliminary legal interpretations. As a result, the time for the FirstNet board to make key decisions regarding network designs and business models is approaching fast.
FirstNet board members vote to initiate public-notice and request for information (RFI) proceedings that are designed to prepare for its much-anticipated request-for-proposal (RFP) procurement efforts next year.
Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O’Brien and Brian McAuley, announces that the company has acquired all 900 MHz spectrum previously owned by Sprint. The company plans to offer enterprise push-to-talk dispatch services—targeting critical-infrastructure entities—in U.S. markets beginning next year and will seek FCC approval to use its 3×3 MHz of spectrum to support broadband offerings in the future.
Geographic terrain can have a significant impact on LTE system coverage and design, as those deploying a 120-day pilot project in the state of Hawaii learned prior to the creation of FirstNet, according to Bill Compton, a wireless solutions account executive with LGS Innovations.
Collaboration vendor Mutualink releases a white paper that encourages FirstNet officials to consider what application functionality should be included in various parts of the network—particularly as they relate to deployable systems—to enhance efficiency of the fixed-infrastructure system.
As part of its Visionary Goals initiative, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established an online collaboration community at http://scitech.ideascale.com, where anyone can submit ideas about a variety of things—from big-picture notions about what should be done to criteria that must be met to technical/political/legal challenges that need to be considered.
Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability of in-building coverage via DAS or other small-cell technologies could impact the number of macro sites that need to be deployed.