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April 24, 2017 | Comments
The city of Seattle contracted with Federal Engineering to provide public-safety consulting services in support of the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

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April 24, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions launched a digital evidence management service on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure in the United Kingdom. CommandCentral Vault will provide U.K. public-safety organizations with a secure platform that helps streamline digital evidence management processes, a statement said.

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April 24, 2017 | Comments
The FCC released a report summarizing its Sept. 28 second nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) coordinated with the FCC to conduct the test.

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April 24, 2017 | Comments
To help pay for a needed emergency communications network upgrade and address other challenges, public-safety officials in Utah worked with legislators on a bill that overhauled the state’s funding model and restructured its governance board.

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April 21, 2017 | Comments
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a notice on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to seek candidates for up to five board positions.

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April 21, 2017 | Comments
During 2016, five states worked with the National Governors Association (NGA) on improving emergency communications interoperability by focusing on governance within the states as part of the Policy Academy on Enhancing Emergency Communications Interoperability.

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April 20, 2017 | Comments
Sepura was again chosen by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to supply a complete digital communications solution for one of its key visitor sites.

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April 20, 2017 | Comments
Critical Communications World, (CCW), scheduled 16 – 18 May in Hong Kong, is on track to attract more than 3,000 critical communications professionals with 90 percent of the registrations coming from outside Hong Kong, the organizer said.

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April 20, 2017 | Comments
Radicom, an integrator of communications solutions in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, was awarded a city of Chicago Department of Aviation contract to provide the city’s O’Hare and Midway International Airports with a new call-taking telephone system.

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April 20, 2017 | Comments
Radio Activity was included among “Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies” that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015 from the Financial Times.

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April 20, 2017 | Comments
The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) begins an examination of how state and local processes affect the speed and cost of infrastructure deployment and asks for comment on improving state and local infrastructure reviews, such as zoning requests.

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April 20, 2017 | Comments
Representatives from seven nations attended the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) International Public Safety Forum for Wireless Broadband March 16. The forum discussed ways to share lessons learned about public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) around the world.

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April 19, 2017 | Comments
Loudon County (Tennessee) Emergency Communications District earned accreditation through PowerPhone and demonstrated a continued commitment to emergency call-handling quality by documenting standards, measuring overall compliance and implementing assessment procedures for ongoing improvement through the Total Response solution.

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April 19, 2017 | Comments
Westell Technologies was selected by Transit Wireless to provide cabinets and integration services to expand the 2017 communications infrastructure used in the New York City Subway system.

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April 19, 2017 | Comments
Comba Telecom’s public-safety bidirectional amplifier (BDA) received an innovation award from TESSCO Technologies, recognizing the design of the product.

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April 18, 2017 | Comments
Barrett Communications provided portable HF radio communications equipment to the West Midland Fire Service (WMFS) for its specialist search-and-rescue team when responding to international emergencies.

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April 18, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany against Hytera Communications of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Munder, Germany.

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April 18, 2017 | Comments
Wisconsin-based Rassbach Communications was named the fastest growing dealer, out of 436 dealers nationwide, for Hytera America for 2016. Rassbach is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

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April 18, 2017 | Comments
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) selected NICE solutions for its 9-1-1 center upgrade. The SFDEM 9-1-1 center will improve productivity and effectiveness across the SFDEM’s entire operation with the new technology, a statement said.

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April 18, 2017 | Comments
The city of Arvada, Colorado, is developing two new communications sites in support of the city’s first responder Project 25 (P25) system. Black & Veatch will design and build the radio towers, shelters, foundations and generators.

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April 18, 2017 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8.15 Engineering Committee on the Project 25 (P25) Common Air Interface (CAI) issued a special call for interest to producer, user and general interest groups to contribute to the development of industry standards.

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April 17, 2017 | Comments
Assured Wireless announced the successful use of its high-power user equipment (HPUE) hot spot equipment in support of public-safety communications services for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston March 7 – 26.

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April 17, 2017 | Comments
Norsat International announced that it received an unsolicited, conditional, nonbinding proposal from Privet Fund Management to acquire the company for cash consideration of $11 per share. The announcement follows a March agreement between Norsat and Hytera Project, a subsidiary of Hytera Communications, under which Hytera planned to acquire Norsat for $10.25 in cash per share.

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April 17, 2017 | Comments
Ligado Networks executives said they met with the FCC to convince the commission to move forward with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Ligado’s planned satellite-terrestrial network to serve the industrial internet of things (IoT) and critical infrastructure industries such as rail, trucking and aviation.

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April 17, 2017 | Comments
The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology announced that parties may now apply for new program experimental licenses permitting license holders to register proposed experiments on a new FCC license notification system and proceed with proposed experiments if no objections are received.

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April 17, 2017 | Comments
The FCC denied a waiver request and dismissed two applications filed by the county of Santa Clara, California, to operate a T-band (470 – 512 MHz) public-safety LMR system on frequency pair 482/485.3375 MHz at two sites located beyond the allowable 80 kilometers (50 miles) from San Francisco.

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April 17, 2017 | Comments
Public-safety 700 MHz narrowband licensees are working to relocate their licenses from band 14 to other 700 MHz spectrum by end-August to make way for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) broadband network.

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April 14, 2017 | Comments
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and AT&T announced a renewed and expanded relationship to further serve leaders of the fire and emergency service through education and collaboration.

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April 14, 2017 | Comments
Sepura and Hytera Communications announced that the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will initiate a review of Hytera’s planned US$92 million acquisition of Sepura.

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April 14, 2017 | Comments
The FCC proposed fining a New York City resident for allegedly operating a radio transmitter on frequencies licensed to the New York Police Department (NYPD), causing interference with the NYPD’s radio system. Jay Peralta faces a proposed fine of $404,166 for the conduct.

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April 13, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions will provide a new mobility managed service to Victoria Police to help increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for frontline officers.

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April 13, 2017 | Comments
Airbus signed a contract to provide a TETRA system for four underground lines in Chongqing, a city of about 18 million inhabitants, making it the largest in southwest China.

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April 13, 2017 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) released a new document, “TIA-102.CABC-C Interoperability Testing for Voice Operation in Trunked Systems.

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April 13, 2017 | Comments
Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax said city staff is continuing to test the outdoor warning siren system and determine next steps after the city’s siren system was compromised the night of April 7.

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April 13, 2017 | Comments
In opening remarks at an NG911 Institute event, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly addressed next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) funding, along with 9-1-1 fee division.

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April 12, 2017 | Comments
Scott Edson, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) retired chief, became executive director of Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS).

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April 12, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) released a new report on interoperability best practices. The report is part of an ongoing series of reports, and “Best Practice #4” focuses on interoperability relationships.

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April 12, 2017 | Comments
Ambulance service MedReach added Genesis PULSE to its operation. Providing nonemergency transport services to the Los Angeles region, MedReach needed a reliable software application to aid its personnel with decision support.

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April 12, 2017 | Comments
Positive Charge was selected as a national and regional manufacturer's representative for Turtleback and Power Products.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
9-1-1 industry officials said they need help from Congress to ensure a timely transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technology during a House communications and technology subcommittee hearing March 29.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
Athena Advanced Networks announced two hew hires. Mike Lyons joined Athena as chief operating officer (COO), and the company hired John Grove as vice president of business development.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
General Dynamics' Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade achieved a full operating capability (FOC) designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This milestone was achieved after two years of deployment and field testing along the southern border.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed that the FCC terminate its 2013 proceeding that sought to relax rules governing mobile communications on planes.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) added Valid8.com as its newest member.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
RWE Power, a Germany energy production and generation company, signed a 10-year managed services contract for its existing Sepura TETRA network in Cologne, Germany, marking another decade of collaboration for the two companies.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working to make sure TDoS attacks cannot disrupt critical phone systems including emergency calls to public-safety answering points (PSAPs) through two research projects.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
Harris selected CommAgility, a Wireless Telecom Group company, to help Harris deliver Long Term Evolution (LTE) small cell base stations and terminal products for private network operators. Harris’ licensing of CommAgility’s software technology and customization services allows Harris to quickly and reliably address the needs of its customers.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
AT&T plans to acquire Straight Path Communications, which holds a nationwide portfolio of millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum including 39 GHz and 28 GHz licenses. The transaction has a total value of $1.6 billion, including liabilities and amounts to be remitted to the FCC per the terms of Straight Path's January 2017 consent decree.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions announced it will introduce a suite of public-safety mobile applications with messaging, mapping, push to talk (PTT) and telephony as core software later this year.

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April 11, 2017 | Comments
Europe’s BroadMap project took another step toward procurement of interoperable next-generation broadband radio communications systems for public safety and security, leaders said at the final workshop 6 April. The project goal is to have a system deployed by 2025.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
Airbus appointed Selim Bouri as the new head of sales and program delivery for the Middle East and Asia Pacific of Secure Land Communications. He will focus on delivering the latest TETRA technology in Asia and the Middle East, targeting new markets and additional regions.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
Communications International (Ci) announced a contract award by Charlotte County, Florida, to supply and install a new Project 25 (P25) Phases 1 and 2 compliant public-safety radio system.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
Leonardo provided a communications network for the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, allowing for the effective coordination of security operations. Security forces protecting the international summit, which will see heads of state and other government officials convene in Taormina, Sicily, May 26 – 27, can use the equipment to rapidly intervene during any crisis, ensuring the summit, local population and surrounding area receive the highest level of protection.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
Dallas County, Iowa, is now connected to the expanding Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communication System (ISICS). The county is expected to be operational on the Motorola Solutions-built ISICS by May.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
ABI Research predicted that public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) will hit the mainstream markets after 2020 as trials and deployments gain momentum across the world. Hardware revenue is expected to increase by 30 percent annually, reaching $540 million in 2025.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
All directors and officers were re-elected for another annual term at the first annual member meeting of the Government Wireless Technology and Communications Association (GWTCA) March 31.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
International emergency calling associations from the United States and Europe announced their intent to increase cooperation and efforts on international standardization of emergency calling systems.

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April 10, 2017 | Comments
In recognition of National Public-Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW), April 9 – 15, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International joined communities, government leaders and 9-1-1 communications centers to honor members of the 9-1-1 community who help save lives in times of personal or national crisis.

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April 07, 2017 | Comments
The government of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, commissioned Leonardo, in collaboration with Telecom Argentina, to install a new TETRA communications network for use by the Policía de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

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April 06, 2017 | Comments
The South Tyrolean Civil Protection Agency in Italy went live with a system upgrade and expansion to its integrated command-and-control center. The agency worked with Hexagon and Frequentis to upgrade and integrate its Frequentis communications platform with Hexagon’s CAD system.

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April 06, 2017 | Comments
A new Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) white paper provides insight into how applications using augmented and virtual reality will push the future 5G network to address complex and demanding traffic scenarios.

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April 06, 2017 | Comments
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) directed all wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system on their Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks by April 2018.

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April 06, 2017 | Comments
The Alaska Wireless Network (AWN), a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Communication, and Nextel West, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Sprint, filed an application seeking FCC approval of a long-term de facto transfer spectrum leasing arrangement. AWN would lease spectrum under two 800 MHz SMR licenses covering Alaska from Sprint.

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April 06, 2017 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he is beginning a process to establish an Office of Economics and Data (OED), which will combine economists and other data professionals from around the commission by the end of the year.

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April 06, 2017 | Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee for Reconfigurable Radio Systems (TC RRS) announced the completion of the specification for the support of licensed shared access (LSA). This provides a means to enable spectrum-sharing coordination between LSA licensees and existing spectrum licensees, ensuring quality of service (QoS).

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April 05, 2017 | Comments
Law enforcement officers from around the United States and the world competed in the Baker to Vegas (B2V) race March 17 – 18. The annual event involves police organizations forming relay teams to run the 120-mile, 20-stage course from Baker, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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April 05, 2017 | Comments
NRTC selected Silver Spring Networks as an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) provider. Under the agreement, NRTC will offer Silver Spring’s AMI and smart grid applications platform to its electric utility membership.

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April 05, 2017 | Comments
Sharp Electronics will use Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh technology as the wireless communications infrastructure for the Sharp automated unmanned ground vehicle (A-UGV).

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April 05, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) released a report on broadband deployables. The document defines public-safety requirements for the operation and use of Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband deployable systems (BBDS).

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April 05, 2017 | Comments
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) held its seventh Industry Collaboration Event (ICE) March 19 – 22 focused on external applications, emergency incident data document (EIDD) and additional data, bringing together 23 companies. The ICE series allows vendors to test products and services that will advance 9-1-1 from the current voice-only, legacy 9-1-1 environment into IP-based communications.

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April 04, 2017 | Comments
Comtech Telecommunications and LaaSer Critical Communications partnered to deploy an enhanced solution for 9-1-1 emergency response. The companies plan to deliver supplemental location data and any rich media associated with an emergency call to the correct 9-1-1 dispatch center.

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April 04, 2017 | Comments
Trilogy International Partners announced that its New Zealand subsidiary, 2degrees, filed a joint proposal with Vodafone and Spark to improve broadband and mobile services in rural New Zealand.

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April 04, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) named Tom Sorley chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) following the retirement of Harlin McEwen.

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April 04, 2017 | Comments
International Crystal Manufacturing Co. (ICM) announced it will close its business around the end of May. The company will honor all orders already taken, an announcement on its website said.

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April 04, 2017 | Comments
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims released a redacted version of Judge Elaine D. Kaplan's decision in Rivada Mercury's pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) contract award process, offering insights into the award process and the reasoning behind the judge's decision against the protest.

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April 03, 2017 | Comments
Airbus and SITA launched new security operations center services customized for the specific needs of the air transport industry. The new incident detection services will provide airlines, airports and other air transport industry stakeholders with information about unusual cyber activity that may impact their businesses.

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April 03, 2017 | Comments
Sierra Wireless completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of GlobalTop Technology’s global navigation satellite system (GNSS) embedded module business for total cash consideration of about US$3.2 million, subject to working capital adjustments.

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April 03, 2017 | Comments
Hytera introduced prototypes of a dual-mode Long Term Evolution (LTE)-LMR communications solution, which will be available to U.S. customers in 2018.

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April 03, 2017 | Comments
AT&T created a Global Public Sector organization and named AT&T executive Kay Kapoor to lead it.

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April 03, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications’ pending US$92 million acquisition of Sepura has hit challenges, with a possible U.K. government review and changes from investors.

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Webinar: Are You Prepared for FirstNet? Learn How Agencies Use Band 14 Today

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June 2017

12 - 14
PSCR Public-Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting
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