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March 23, 2017 |  Comments
Hytera Communications said it is “ready to respond vigorously to Motorola Solutions’ allegations” and is fully confident that Hytera will be vindicated in U.S. federal court, one week after Motorola filed complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Hytera for allegedly infringing Motorola patents and stealing trade secrets.

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March 17, 2017 |  Comments
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in the protest action. The FirstNet board will hold a special meeting to determine next steps.

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March 14, 2017 |  Comments
Motorola Solutions filed complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Hytera Communications of Shenzhen, China, for allegedly infringing its patents and stealing trade secrets. Motorola Solutions is seeking to stop Hytera’s sales and import of the infringing products into the United States.

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March 13, 2017 |  Comments
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) set up a UHF T-band task force in December. The task force is examining all the issues surrounding the T-band and expects to have a plan to move forward in LMCC within the next several months.

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March 13, 2017 |  Comments
A new U.S. president has been in office about a month and a half. The Washington political scene has changed dramatically, and how those changes will affect the mission-critical communications industry is still playing out.

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March 07, 2017 |  Comments
The state of Colorado plans to release a public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) request for proposals (RFP) in late March or early April. The RFP will help identify the details of a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out scenario for the state so Colorado’s decision-makers have all necessary information

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February 28, 2017 |  Comments
Addressing nonstandard encryption and its negative effects on public-safety interoperability is a top task for the Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP), according to the chairman of the CAP advisory panel (AP) and a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official.

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February 21, 2017 |  Comments
Rolling out a nationwide public-safety broadband network is difficult and uncharted territory. The three countries that are likely the furthest along in developing Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for public-safety agencies have one thing in common — they are delayed.

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February 21, 2017 |  Comments
Public-safety communications planning for Super Bowl LI began a year before the National Football League’s (NFL) 2017 championship game and went almost as smoothly as the New England Patriots’ second-half comeback, according to city of Houston and Harris County officials.

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February 13, 2017 |  Comments
In December, the FCC issued an order on reconsideration and a memorandum opinion and order that contemplates assigning Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS) spectrum held by Maritime Communications/Land Mobile (MCLM) to Choctaw Holdings. This is welcome news for the critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities that have been attempting in good faith to acquire MCLM’s spectrum for years.

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February 07, 2017 |  Comments
The market for proximity services (ProSe) in public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices — called direct mode or off network in LMR systems — is uncertain because of a lack of public-safety standards and commitments from chipmakers for the technology.

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February 03, 2017 |  Comments
The U.K. Home Office received information that Vodafone plans to switch off Airwave from 31 March, 2020, spurring a U.K. Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting on the topic with Home Office officials.

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January 31, 2017 |  Comments
Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, offers details on Project 43, FirstNet’s opt-out option, 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy, 4.9 GHz and more.

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January 23, 2017 |  Comments
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) invited applications to participate in the April auction of 700 MHz spectrum licenses, which means Australian public-safety agencies will likely not get access to 700 MHz dedicated spectrum for Long Term Evolution (LTE) services.

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January 20, 2017 |  Comments
Jan. 19 marked the third of a series of five deadlines in Rivada’s pre-award protest of the contract award for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). Several motions and other documents have been filed but are sealed under a protection order.

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