First Motorola 4.9 GHz Broadband Technical Trial Successfully Completed in Tulsa

December 20, 2004

Solutions to be Available to First Responders in 2005

When the Federal Communications Commission allocated 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for public safety first responders in May 2003, the stage was set for the development of mission critical broadband solutions that first responders have long anticipated.
Today, Motorola announced that it has completed the initial phases of a technical trial of the company's first 4.9 GHz broadband solutions. According to the Motorola project team and public safety agencies in Tulsa, Okla., where the technical trial has been underway since September, the trial has proven the reliability and stability of the system.

“The success of the trial, thanks in large measure to the involvement of City of Tulsa agencies that tested the system functions aggressively, means that Motorola plans to be ready to launch its first mission critical broadband data communications solutions in the 4.9 GHz spectrum in 2005,” said Nick Rendone, Motorola vice president, Wireless Broadband Solutions.

As is true with any newly allocated spectrum, actually securing the new spectrum is only the first hurdle to providing first responders with new communications capabilities. The technology challenge is to develop type-accepted hardware and software that will reliably operate in the spectrum, delivering the applications public safety personnel most want.

“Motorola has been building out the system continually since September working with a variety of applications,” said Tony Cecchin, Motorola’s project manager. “We will continue doing this in 2005 as required. What we have proven so far is that we have technology ready to deliver the broadband capabilities first responders hoped would be possible in the 4.9 GHz spectrum.”

The Tulsa trial included a network management terminal and two access points. The access points are in suburban locations—one at the City of Tulsa Electronic Maintenance Facility (EMF) and the other at fire station #24. Three vehicular client devices utilizing Motorola’s ML 900 laptop terminals were also included in the trial. The applications tested to date include web browsing, Instant Messaging, email and chat, as well as streaming video.

"For Tulsa public safety agencies, the chance to participate in this technical trial has provided us a unique opportunity," said Kevin Shoemaker, Radio Services Manager for the City of Tulsa. "Through this technical trial, we've helped ensure that the solutions Motorola offers in this spectrum will deliver the broadband capabilities and applications public safety agencies need today to protect our communities. While we look forward to testing additional applications and functionality through the early part of next year, the system already has performed well beyond our expectations for coverage, features and functionality."

Explore further: Indian broadband market could explode

Related Stories

Indian broadband market could explode

July 6, 2006

The telecom world may still be marveling at India's mobile telephony growth, which at 100 million connections has emerged as the fastest growing in the world, but the other scorching growth story in the country's telecom ...

Sprint And Intel To Explore WiMAX Broadband Technologies

May 5, 2005

Sprint and Intel Corporation today announced an agreement to engage in joint efforts to advance the development of IEEE standards-based 802.16e WiMAX mobile technology, which can provide high capacity wireless broadband coverage ...

Switching on power line Internet connectivity

October 7, 2005

One in five Europeans today enjoy broadband Internet access via competing technologies. Low-cost and fast data access over electricity network power lines is one such technology that is being extensively tested in four European ...

AT&T's great wireless war

December 7, 2011

Think of AT&T Inc.'s $39 billion attempted takeover of German-owned T-Mobile USA as a long, multi-front war, the ultimate test of business, legal and political strategy.

Recommended for you

Moonlighting molecules: Finding new uses for old enzymes

November 27, 2015

A collaboration between the University of Cambridge and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, has led researchers to identify a potentially significant new application for a well-known ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.