FierceWireless has published its "Most Influential Women in Wireless" list since 2008, but this year's list was particularly difficult to compile because there's been a significant surge in the number of women making their way to the top ranks of wireless companies. Special report
FirstNet officials told industry representatives at its second Industry Day last week that partnering with FirstNet is a way for wireless service providers to gain access to valuable spectrum assets in less time and with less upfront costs than traditional methods, such as bidding in FCC auctions, according to IWCE's Urgent Communications.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board is stepping up its game, announcing a restructuring of its senior management positions and the appointment of former police captain Michael Poth as the new CEO of FirstNet. TJ Kennedy, who has been acting executive director of FirstNet, will function in the role of president.
Nokia Networks has expanded its LTE network in a box (NIB) solution by integrating the BeOn communications suite offering from its public safety partner Harris Corporation. The solution is being showcased at the APCO 2015 conference in Washington, D.C., this week.
Black & Veatch acquired RCC Consultants, a global engineering and consulting firm that provides consulting and planning services for public safety and other networks. The deal closed July 31.
The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) is urging the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to leverage existing facilities of multiple carriers to speed deployment of the nation's first public safety broadband network.
FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas. However, FirstNet said the technology likely won't be deployed for several more years.
Parallel Wireless is testing its equipment for public safety interoperability in New Hampshire. The equipment is being used by first responders in the New Hampshire towns of Milford, Wilton and Mount Vernon.
The number of wireless towers in the U.S. is shrinking. According to the CTIA, there were 298,055 towers in December 2014, down from 304,360 in December 2013. Capital investment also dropped from $33.1 billion in 2013 to $32.1 billion in 2014, the trade group said.
As FirstNet moves forward, it must be compatible with next-generation 911, said a National Emergency Number Association official. The next-gen 911 system will be IP-based to improve the flow of emergency information (including texts, videos and pictures) from the public to safety responders.