Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, May 2, 2019

FirstNet Gains, Some Throttling Broadband, More. The latest numbers are out for FirstNet (Built with AT&T) and as expected, they are really good. At the end of the first quarter of 2019, FirstNet reports its Band 14 buildout is at 53-percent of the total coverage called out in the contract. And the balance of AT&T’s LTE assets are being used daily by FirstNet customers. FirstNet also states more than 7,000 agencies representing 570,000 public safety personnel are onboard (a 33-percent growth over Q4 2018).

It seems every week in the news and on there are announcements of more agencies joining FirstNet. These include Anchorage police Department, Alaska, the Navy and Marines, Brazos County, TX Sheriffs Department, Elmore County, Idaho, and more. This bodes well for FirstNet. These agencies are now recognizing the value of FirstNet when they are engaged in multi-agency incidents and rely on FirstNet as the common interoperability network during the event. This is precisely what public safety sought when it went to Congress to carve out this broadband spectrum.

Push-To-Talk—LMR, FirstNet, and Interoperability. The vision of FirstNet was to provide a nationwide network to which all first responders could connect. It started as data and video-centric, but after FirstNet was formed by the federal government, Push-To-Talk (PTT), text, and dial-up voice were added into the mix. This, of course, makes FirstNet a perfect fit to augment Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems. As I have mentioned before, now that push-to-talk over FirstNet is available from three vendors—Motorola (Kodiak), ESChat, and Orion Labs—public safety agencies can continue to use the flavor of PTT they already use or choose to implement another PTT flavor they deem best suited for their needs. Read the Entire Column Here

Here are the articles I have selected with the help of Discovery Patterns artificial intelligence

GD e-Bridge Telemedicine App FirstNet Listed in App Catalog

MissionCritical May  2 10:05

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General Devices (GD) announced that its GD e-Bridge application is now certified First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Listed and available via the FirstNet App Catalog. read more

May 1 Deadline for WEA Improvements

MissionCritical May  2 10:05

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The FCC reminded commercial mobile service providers participating in wireless emergency alerts (WEA) of their obligations beginning May 1. The carriers must now support longer WEA messages, from 90 to 360 characters, for 4G and future networks and support a new class of alerts, called public-safety messages, to convey recommended actions for saving lives or property. read more

KT, Samsung to expand public safety LTE network coverage in South Korea

Telecompaper May  2 08:30

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In addition, the two companies will provide what they call the world’s first narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) service through the PS-LTE network.

Ajit Pai says he’s fixed giant FCC error that exaggerated broadband growth

ArsTechnica: Infinite Loop May  2 07:01

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1.9M more people lack access, not a big enough error to change Pai’s conclusion.

Casting a Wider Net to Help Solve Criminal Cases

NEC Today May  1 15:00

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For the first time, multiple agencies can share mugshot databases with each other using NEC’s powerful #1 NIST-ranked facial recognition algorithm, …

Do we need 6G wireless already? 5G engineers debate

ZDNet Apr 25 09:15

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By Scott Fulton III | April 25, 2019 — 12:57 GMT (05:57 PDT) | Topic: 5G …

Bill to make PTSD a work-related injury for first responders heads to House floor

Yahoo News May  2 09:55

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A bipartisan agreement was reached in Concord on Wednesday regarding a bill to cover post-traumatic stress disorder under workers compensation …

5G iPad Pro In The Works, But Don’t Expect It To Come Soon

Brinkwire May  2 09:50

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Which is why rumors of a 5G iPad Pro potentially coming out in a few years …

FCC Report Urges Congress to Expand Broadband for Veteran Telehealth May  2 09:45

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Through a consistent and reliable telemedicine platform, veterans can …

Apple continues to move toward a 5G iPhone | TECH(feed)

Computerworld May  2 09:25

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Apple settling a lawsuit with Qualcomm brought us one step closer to the 5G iPhone. But not long after striking a six-year licensing deal with …

Apple Will Pay Qualcomm $4.5B to Make Nice, Use Its Modems

ExtremeTech May  2 08:30

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Earlier this month, Apple and Qualcomm suddenly announced they would bury the hatchet and work together again on 5G technology. This came after …

Sotera Wireless to Showcase Its Life-Saving ViSi Mobile 1.5G at the 2019 IHI Patient Safety …

Sotera Wireless May  1 17:00

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The IHI Patient Safety Congress brings together people who are passionate …

Public Safety Minister says Huawei ban decision will come before federal election

MobileSyrup May  1 16:55

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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters a decision on whether Huawei will be used to deploy 5G network infrastructure would be made …

BEC Technologies Expands its CBRS Product Portfolio

Yahoo Finance May  1 16:25

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… manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G wireless broadband networking solutions, announced …

Verizon aims to revitalise media unit with 5G

Mobile World Live May  1 16:00

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Verizon provided a glimpse into how it plans to use 5G to revive its ailing digital media business, unveiling new AR and extended reality (XR) content …

5G wireless networks could impact your weather forecast

The Weather Network May  1 15:30

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5G wireless networks could impact your weather forecast …

Percepto Flies Autonomous Drones Over 5G Trial Network

Drone Below May  1 14:00

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Percepto today announced that it has successfully demonstrated its autonomous drones over SK Telecom’s 5G trial network. SK Telecom is the largest …

Intel’s Strategy in Exiting the 5G Smartphone Modem Market

Market Realist May  1 13:55

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The hot topic during Intel’s (INTC) first-quarter earnings event was its recent announcement of its exit from the 5G smartphone modem business, …

Wi-Fi 6 May Be Faster, But It’s Also More Challenging for IT May  1 13:55

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Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax) is promising to transform enterprise wireless networks in much the same way that 5G is promising to transform cellular wireless …

Problems and Prospects for 5G Deployment in the United States

Hudson Institute May  1 13:00

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In recent weeks several major developments affecting the roll out of 5G …

5G subscribers in South Korea reach 260000

RCR Wireless News May  1 12:00

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Participant operators SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus had a 10-block cap per spectrum band. The telcos paid a total of 3.6183 trillion won ($3.3 billion) …