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July 19, 2016 | Comments
A new report from the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) outlined the latest developments for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) spectrum in Europe and the Middle East. Recent decisions narrowed the spectrum ranges for PPDR broadband allocations.

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July 05, 2016 | Comments
In one year, more than 100 emergencies were dispatched through a new system implemented in rural Dominican Republic. The short message service (SMS)-based dispatch service developed by Trek Medics International, a nonprofit organization created by paramedics to improve emergency response in the developing world, is shortening response times through text messaging and mobile networks used by trained volunteer first responders.

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June 28, 2016 | Comments
During the past few years there have been updates to the Project 25 (P25) standards, improvements to the P25 vocoder and new P25 products incorporating these updates and improvements. These updates and improvements make it a good time to reconsider P25 for the fireground.

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June 20, 2016 | Comments
The evolution of TETRA to Long Term Evolution (LTE) was the paramount theme at the 18th annual Critical Communications World (CCW) 31 May – 2 June in Amsterdam. Speakers readily acknowledged that LTE would stream broadband, and the future would include hybrid networks for several years to come.

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June 14, 2016 | Comments
pdvWireless — led by former Nextel Chairman Morgan O’Brien — announced it assembled a consortium of companies with expertise in the critical areas needed to build and operate a public-safety broadband network and submitted a response to the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) by the May 31 deadline.

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June 07, 2016 | Comments
Although the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) isn’t releasing the number or names of bidders, Rivada Mercury, a newly formed company, announced it submitted a bid to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Rivada Networks leads Rivada Mercury, which also includes Harris, a nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) carrier and several rural carriers. Rivada Mercury officials declined to name the nationwide carrier partner.

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May 31, 2016 | Comments
As the number of cyber attacks increase across the U.S. and the world, critical infrastructure entities are increasingly becoming targets. An attack on Ukrainian power stations highlights the cyber threats that U.S. energy providers face

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May 24, 2016 | Comments
On April 25, the FCC released a report and order (R&O) mandating analog FM for use on all interoperability channels in the VHF, UHF and 800 MHz bands. The general industry consensus supports the new rules.

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May 17, 2016 | Comments
When first conceived, the nationwide broadband public-safety network was supposed to be a high-speed data network, but during the past four years, the purpose has evolved to include mission-critical voice. The industry needs to return FirstNet to the concept of a data-only network and focus on getting that part right.

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May 16, 2016 | Comments
As Australia moves toward another government election in July, the Australian public-safety communications community is waiting for government decisions following advice provided by various departments since 2010.

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