The surprise announcement that Bill D'Agostino, the First Responders Network Authority's general manager, has resigned, could provide a fresh start for the authority, which is still struggling to satisfy critics in the public-safety community.
Motorola Solutions, bolstered by its early success in public-safety LTE, is selling off its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion cash, enabling Motorola to focus exclusively on mission-critical communications for government and public-safety customers.
Bill D'Agostino, general manager of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet), pledged openness and transparency as plans for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) are crafted.
The First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet), charged with building a nationwide LTE network for use by public safety, has leased space in Boulder, Colo., for its technical headquarters and will begin hiring staffers for the facility starting this month.
Next week the Competitive Carriers Association kicks off its annual spring show, this time in San Antonio, Texas, and attendees can expect keynote presentations from SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Roger Sherman, the new chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. (Sherman is filling in for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was scheduled to keynote the CCA event but instead now has to testify before Congress.) And key topics at the CCA event will include how to ensure smaller carriers can fully participate in the FCC's upcoming spectrum auctions, as well as how LTE roaming will work, whether competitive carriers will be able to offer Voice over LTE technology, and how they can offload data to Wi-Fi networks.
The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) agreed on a roadmap that should set the stage for creation of a definitive business plan and also voted to continue negotiating a spectrum lease agreement with Harris County, Texas, home of the nation's only operating 700 MHz public-safety LTE network.
Motorola Solutions will develop the LTE-based public-safety broadband network for Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority (LA-RICS), which was the first jurisdiction to approve a 700 MHz spectrum-lease pact with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
The installed base of public-safety LTE base stations will reach nearly 155,000 globally by 2021 and will serve nearly 4 million public-safety LTE subscribers worldwide at that time, according to a new report from SNS Research.
Rivada Networks, an Irish vendor that has been pushing its dynamic spectrum arbitrage (DSA) technology for use by public-safety agencies, said a new U.S. patent for its bandwidth trading platform will enable the company to expand its offering to commercial entities as well.
T-Mobile US is arguing that it believes the nationwide public safety broadband network known as FirstNet will have all of the funding it needs before the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum take place in mid-2015. AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless have argued against T-Mobile's positions for the incentive auctions, especially for limits on how much spectrum they can acquire, saying that doing so will deprive FirstNet of funding via lower auction revenues.