Mozambique disaster sees PCCW Global and TSF connect

19 July 2019

One VSAT communications system was installed in Matarara, from which relief operations to surrounding communities were conducted

One VSAT communications system was installed in Matarara, from which relief operations to surrounding communities were conducted

 

PCCW Global and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) have received official recognition from the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) for their combined and ongoing mission to provide critical communications services following the two tropical cyclones which recently hit the country. 

One VSAT communications system was installed in the Matarara coordination centre, from which relief operations to five surrounding communities were conducted.

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TCCA sets out roadmap for critical comms evolution

27 March 2019

The TCCA (TETRA and Critical Communications Association) has released a new white paper that presents the current roadmap to the operational use of mission critical broadband.

According to the association, there has been considerable debate and discussion about the possible introduction of broadband for critical communications. It says that some public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) operators have plans for dedicated broadband in addition to their narrowband network; other operators are beginning a move from dedicated TETRA or other narrowband networks to mission-critical broadband service relying on partnerships with commercial operators.

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Hytera says court ruling has “no impact” for customers – but Motorola claims company is “serial infringer”

27 March 2019

Hytera claims its customers and end users “remain completely untouched” following a German district court’s ruling as part of the long running patents dispute with Motorola Solutions.

In late November 2018, the Düsseldorf regional court ruled in the first instance that a combination of functions that could previously be selected for certain Hytera DMR radios in connection with direct mode communication violated a Motorola patent that is valid in Germany.

 

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LTE Emergency Services Network to be launched in phases

07 March 2019

GREAT BRITAIN - The UK Government has decided on what it described as a “new strategic direction” for an LTE-based Emergency Services Network (ESN) that should have begun to be deployed last year.

In 2015, it was announced that the TETRA communications system used by the UK’s emergency services and supplied by Motorola Solutions and Airwave would be replaced with a mobile-based communications network that uses LTE (see World News, Jan-Feb 2016). 

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