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.
Public safety will be a hot topic during 2014 for the Open Mobile Alliance, as its member companies ponder enhancements to push-to-talk and location enablers to support public-safety applications.
Stealth startup OnBeep is working on some type of wearable device, which may or may not involve push-to-talk technology. Jesse Robbins, the San Francisco firm's CEO and cofounder, is promising a life-changing product.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board approved spectrum-lease agreements with two more public-safety entities, allowing them to restart their LTE network deployments, which had seen their grant funding suspended following the creation of FirstNet.
The First Responder Network Authority moved further along with planning for the LTE-based nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) by issuing a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. However, FirstNet also put an end to negotiations with several public-safety entities hoping to lease its spectrum for public-safety networks within their jurisdictions.
A year ago, Hurricane Sandy made landfall just south of New York City. The destructive impact of this superstorm affected wireline networks across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and changed the way communications service providers prepare for and deal with disasters and other potential causes of large-scale outages. But have providers like Verizon, tw telecom and others done enough to keep customers connected?
The Special Review Committee investigating the board of First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) may find itself relieved of its duties with further investigation being turned over to the Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General.