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24  September 2012: The  TETRA & Critical Communications Association (TCCA) has announced that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has  issued a permanent change  to its part 90 rules to  permit the unrestricted use of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) technology for  critical communications in the 450-470 MHz and 809-824/854-869 MHz bands. The  rulemaking states: “The record is clear that TETRA is a valuable option for licensees  requiring a spectrally efficient wireless solution,” and continues “we find that  TETRA offers adjacent channel protection that is often better than other  narrowband systems currently operating in the LMR bands.”

This permanent  change follows on from the temporary waiver issued by the FCC last  year. The waiver opened up the US market for products conforming to the  TETRA voice and data communications to be available for users requiring critical  communications.

The FCC’s  ruling is the culmination of many years’ work by the TCCA and other TETRA  advocates to bring the benefits of TETRA to critical communications users in  North America.

Phil Kidner, CEO of the TCCA,  said: “This is extremely positive news for the TETRA market. All arguments  against the adoption of TETRA in the US appear to have been rejected by the FCC,  and we are delighted that critical communications users in the US can now  consider TETRA as fully approved.”

TETRA contracts have already been  announced in Canada, where power company BC Hydro is implementing the first  fully operational TETRA network in North America. In the US, the technology has  been trialled by New Jersey Transit (NJT), the country’s third largest provider  of bus and rail transportation services, and has resulted in the approval to  procure a TETRA-based network. Several TETRA trials are in place in the US,  including one with New York City Transit. In addition, there is an ongoing  demonstration system involving multiple TETRA manufacturers hosted in Green Bay,  Wisconsin.

The FCC ruling  complements an unprecedented 12 months of success for TETRA and its markets. The  industry is more buoyant now that at any other time in the history of the  communications standard.  Independent  figures from IMS Research underline the strength of the technology, with the  greatest annual number of terminals to date shipped in  2011.

As well as this  manufacturing strength, the TETRA industry has seen a steady stream of new  contracts announced and innovative products launched. Many of the products were  unveiled at the 2012 TETRA  World Congress in Dubai, which saw record attendance in terms of both  visitors and exhibitors.

TETRA continues  its expansion in commercial sectors, consistently delivering the levels of  performance required by an increasing number of market sectors looking for  robust and reliable critical communications. These  sectors include air, rail, road and water transport, utilities, mining, the oil  and gas exploration, extraction and delivery industries, as well as commercial,  manufacturing, retail and leisure organisations.  In oil  and gas in particular, the availability of intrinsically safe ATEX radios, which  can be used in potentially explosive environments, has increased investment in  TETRA.

TETRA is  regularly deployed to ensure resilient and secure communications at major  sporting events. Airwave in the UK, operator of the  world’s largest public safety TETRA network, also delivered the dedicated Apollo  Private Mobile Radio Network for the London 2012 Olympic  and Paralympic Games.

The full FCC  ruling can be found here.

Editors’  notes:

The TCCA  represents more than 160 organisations from all continents of the world,  providing a forum for all those interested in TETRA and the future of critical  communications. Our membership is currently at its highest level in the history  of the Association, and includes manufacturers, application providers,  integrators, operators, test houses and telecommunications  agencies.

To find out  more, please visit www.tandcca.com

For further  information, please contact editor@tandcca.com


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