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FCC Rulemaking Supports Use of TETRA in the US

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September 24, 2012

FCC Rulemaking Supports Use of TETRA in the US

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

UK’s digital radio specialist Sepura plc is happy to learn that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News - Alert)) has endorsed the use of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) in the United States. This ruling expands on the waiver granted in May 2011 for the use of TETRA in the U.S under its part 90 rules. 

According to Sepura, the latest FCC ruling will enable the company to gain a foothold in the lucrative US market. In fact, Sepura believes that the FCC announcement gives further certainty to organizations in the business, industry and land transportation sectors who are considering migration to TETRA digital radio communications, a mature and open standard that has been now adopted in more than 125 countries worldwide.

The FCC reports that TETRA is a spectrally efficient digital technology with the potential to provide valuable benefits to land mobile radio users.  The commission also stated that by accommodating four voice (and data) paths in each 25 kHz channel, TETRA achieves 6.25 kHz voice path efficiency, thus meeting and exceeding the 12.5 kHz voice path “narrowbanding”  efficiency standard” applicable in the 450-470 MHz segment of the UHF band requirements that are mandated from January  2013.

Sepura’s release also indicates that FCC is satisfied with TETRA’s ability to offer interference protection that is at least comparable to other available technologies.

In a statement, commented Gordon Watling CEO of Sepura, “This FCC ruling confirms to potential customers in the US that they can look forward to enjoying the benefits that TETRA digital communication solutions offer.  TETRA has already been approved for use in over 125 countries, and we have been working hard with the TETRA+ Critical Communications Association and our partners for many years to ensure that the 9 million professional mobile radio users in the US are also able to choose a proven, open communications standard that has already delivered significant improvements in the quality of communications and productivity for so many of our global customers.”

Sepura said that the company provides a secure, reliable and robust portfolio of products that have been certified for use in the US, including the popular STP8000 series hand-helds and SRG3000 series of mobiles/gateways and repeaters, as well as the maker’s 3T infrastructure solutions.  The company believes it is well-positioned to assist customers in their transition to TETRA in the US.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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