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August 25, 2016 | Comments
Harris and Tait Communications executives provided further details about the exclusive agreement announced earlier this month between the two companies, including integrating the two vendors’ distribution channels. Under the agreement, Harris becomes the master exclusive distributor for all of Tait’s products, including Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and Project 25 (P25), in North America.

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August 09, 2016 | Comments
In a strange twist to the continuing 800 MHz rebanding saga, four Mexican companies have petitioned the FCC to clarify a dispute regarding U.S.-Mexico border 800 MHz rebanding. The Mexican companies want Sprint or AT&T to pay to reband their 800 MHz licenses in the “sharing zone” along the border.

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July 22, 2016 | Comments
AT&T announced that it submitted a bid for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) national public-safety broadband network during an earnings conference call on July 21. AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens confirmed the bid but did not offer any further details.

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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 19, 2016 | Comments
Mission-critical communications networks, both Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Project 25 (P25), are helping security and communications efforts at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland this week.

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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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