Two law enforcement officials have confirmed they are hoping for reappointment to the board of the First Responder Network Authority, which is charged with planning, building and operating the LTE-based, 700 MHz nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).
In a special board meeting held via teleconference, the First Responder Network Authority finally approved a spectrum manager lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas for Harris County's LTE-based public-safety network, which uses 700 MHz spectrum licensed to FirstNet.
Mutualink, whose interoperability platform is fully deployed in the nation's only operationally deployed public-safety LTE network, is pushing for use of its media cohesion framework (MCF) as part of the LTE network being planned by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
The FCC voted to require all wireless carriers and certain over-the-top messaging providers support text-to-911 services by the end of the year. However, only a tiny number of 911-answering centers across the country currently support text-to-911 service, and wireless carriers are worried that too many OTT messaging apps will be exempted from the rules because of technical concerns.
The CIO for Charlotte, N.C., said concerns about sustainability of the city's planned public-safety network ultimately led to a suspension of negotiations that could have enabled Charlotte to lease 700 MHz spectrum from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Nokia and Harris want the First Responders Network Authority to think of them when it goes looking for rapidly deployable LTE solutions for disaster areas, rural emergency situation and extended network coverage during special public events.
Debate has raged over what role commercial mobile networks ought to play in the rollout of the national public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) that the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) is charged with crafting. A similar debate is happening in Europe, where a lack of dedicated, harmonized spectrum for public safety is opening opportunities for mobile operators to provide shared access to their infrastructure.
The bad news is that a comprehensive request for proposals (RFP) for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) being crafted by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is not slated to go out until early 2015. But the good news is, at that point states and territories should have a much better grasp regarding their costs to participate in the network.
Cavium and Quortus are combining their respective technologies to create portable small cell networks that can be rapidly deployed for site-specific applications in public safety, emergency services and military environments.
Making a push to extend its all-IP cognitive radio network technology into the public-safety space, xG Technology said it will showcase its xMax private broadband wireless network solution during next month's APCO International Conference and Expo in New Orleans. The event should attract some 5,000 attendees and exhibitors and is the largest industry gathering of public-safety communications professionals.