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Three commercial markets ripe for 5G driven digital transformation (Reader Forum)

The consumer smartphone market was the first market to be disrupted by 5G. Today, wireless providers, smartphone vendors, and app developers are already providing a wide variety of 5G-based products and services, and beginning to make the easily available, super-fast personal connectivity promised in...

FCC considers public safety, IoT spectrum needs

The Federal Communications Commission is taking a new look at the spectrum needs of public safety and the internet of things, and the agency officially rescinded rules passed under the Trump administration that would have allowed state-by-state leasing of 50 megahertz of spectrum at...

Texas county ‘counts on Verizon,’ selects carrier for emergency services contract

Verizon connectivity will help Harris County ESD No. 11 respond to the more than 55,000 emergency calls it receives over the course of a year Verizon Frontline will provide the Harris County, Texas Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 11 with connectivity and smartphones per a...

Parallel Wireless, Neptune Communications bring Open RAN LTE to the Caribbean

Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications will use Open RAN to provide mission-critical voice, data service to government agencies in Barbados Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications are laying claim to delivering the first Open RAN (O-RAN) compliant 4G LTE solution in the Caribbean. Neptune’s 4G LTE...

Verizon unveils THOR, ‘the Swiss Army knife’ of frontline services

THOR is suitable for hard-to-reach or hard-to-navigate environments and situations As part of its collaboration with the Department of Defense through NavalX and the SoCal Tech Bridge, Verizon Frontline unveiled a Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) vehicle at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. The...

FirstNet expands its deployables, cell sites

FirstNet-AT&T has expanded its fleet of portable land- and air-based cell sites for temporary coverage, with more than 100 deployables now available to FirstNet subscribers at no additional charge. The new deployables include three Communications Vehicles (CVs) stationed across the country, four micro satellite...

FCC puts a pin in 4.9 GHz leasing changes

The Federal Communications Commission has delayed the implementation of new leasing rules for the 4.9 GHz band used by public safety that were passed under the Trump administration, and it will reconsider them. In the fall of 2020, the FCC had voted along party...

Ericsson, Leonardo to develop public safety and industrial 5G solutions

The 5G solutions developed by Ericsson and Leonardo will support more advanced use cases and mission-critical services Ericsson is sharing R&D capabilities and cyber security, 5G and service evolution competences with global technology company Leonardo to improve operations and security in public safety and industrial...

Ransomware attack takes down US’ largest fuel pipeline

A ransomware cyber attack took down the U.S.' largest fuel pipeline operator on Friday and as of today, the company's operations are reportedly still largely offline. Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline says that it transports approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast. "This is...

Samsung launches 3GPP-compliant nationwide public safety network in Korea

The public safety network will have Samsung’s Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk capabilities Samsung Electronics is working with Korean mobile operators on the deployment of the world’s first 3GPP-compliant nationwide public safety LTE (PS-LTE) network. The PS-LTE network will operate in 700 MHz spectrum to provide connectivity...

Nextivity Webinar: Public Safety Communications Systems – Best Practices for Selecting and Installing In-building Solutions

Selecting and installing public safety communications systems can be challenging. For example, it can be tough to decipher the stringent code requirements that vary from one locale to another. To complicate the issue, some systems create noise and interfere with the macro network, while...

#TBT: Call quality improves; Online video prompts industry introspection; Analog sunset hits OnStar … this week in 2007

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Wireless customers report...

Key takeaways from FirstNet’s annual report

The FirstNet Authority has made "significant progress" toward fulfilling its mandate to oversee and manage the build-out and operations of a nationwide cellular network for first responders, according to the authority's latest annual report to Congress. The FirstNet Authority is an independent entity that...

FCC rejects calls to delay indoor location accuracy improvements

Carriers won't get more time to meet vertical location, or z-axis, accuracy requirements for cellular devices that are set to take effect in April. The Federal Communications has rejected a request from CTIA to delay the implementation of new requirements on improved accuracy for reporting...

AT&T, FirstNet detail network recovery in Nashville

FirstNet Authority calls Nashville bombing an "extraordinary attack on an important node of the nation’s communications infrastructure" AT&T says that it has largely completed the initial recovery and restoration of mobile and wireline services, after a Christmas morning explosion in which a Tennessee man blew...

ETSI mission-critical plugtest achieves 95% successful interoperability

Remote testing event included Rel. 15 rail transportation capabilities 1,350 tests. 169 test sessions. 50 new test cases. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute's most recent plugtest event for mission-critical technologies achieved an interoperability rate of 95%, which the organization says gives the industry "a reliable...

Driving in-building public safety communications to scale

  Solving complexity, performance and economics challenges helps cover more buildings more quickly In an emergency situation, first responders need to have access to robust, reliable in-building communications systems--you won’t find any disagreement among public safety leaders and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) as well as...

FCC vote to expand use of 4.9 GHz, despite public safety’s protests

The Federal Communications Commission has voted along party lines to expand the use of the 4.9 GHz band, over objections from public safety users. The 4.9 GHz spectrum, which consists of 50 megahertz (4.940-4.990 GHz), was designated for exclusive use by public safety for fixed...

Galaxy XCover Pro – Rugged, functional, and stylish smartphone for frontline users

Every time I see the frontline users chugging along those thick, heavy, oversized rugged phones, I feel there should be a way to make them sleek, and stylish like consumer phones, without compromising on the functionality. And I am delighted to say that Samsung...

Motorola Solutions buys Callyo, adds cloud-based public safety apps

Motorola Solutions has acquired law enforcement application company Callyo for an undisclosed sum, adding cloud-based apps to its mobile public safety tech portfolio. Callyo has two application suites: 10-21, focused on communications between first responders and citizens, and Callyo, which offers tools for digital evidence...

Five ways first responders are using mobile broadband

  Public safety users “have had a hunger for data for a very long time, all the way back to our 1G and 2G days,” said Nick Nilan, director of product development for the public sector at Verizon. That use has evolved over time, and...

IWCE Virtual: PSSA calls for 4.9 GHz to be added to FirstNet’s spectrum

A new advocacy group is calling for additional spectrum to be assigned to the FirstNet Authority for exclusive use public safety, saying that the spectrum could eventually help support public safety use of 5G. In a discussion as part of this week's IWCE Virtual event,...

IWCE Virtual: Highlighting FirstNet use amid the COVID-19 pandemic

FirstNet-AT&T has helped connect ambulances providing mutual aid for areas hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, provided connectivity for coronavirus testing facilities and is being creatively integrated into telehealth solutions, according to Ed Parkinson, CEO of the FirstNet Authority. Parkinson, speaking at this week's IWCE Virtual...

IWCE Virtual: ‘LTE is the future’ for public safety comms

The future of public safety communications is inextricably linked to LTE and cellular technologies, according to Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association -- and those who keep asking, "When will Land Mobile Radio die?" are focused on the wrong question. "People are...

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