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FCC Receives News for TETRA Use

November 30, 2009

Articles

FCC Receives News for TETRA Use

November 30, 2009

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A formal request has been filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow the use of the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) standard for private land mobile communications in the United States. The petitioner reports that TETRA technology is already widely deployed and supported throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia, where it is primarily used by utilities, transportation companies and public safety organizations.

According to the TETRA Association, which filed the request with the FCC, allowing the use of TETRA in the United States would “open the U.S. market to a low cost, fully-interoperable, and cutting edge technology much needed by public safety and private mobile radio users,” such as utilities and other critical infrastructure entities. Because TETRA is an open system standard, TETRA-compatible equipment is produced by multiple competing suppliers. However, TETRA cannot currently be used in the United States because it does not meet the requirements in Part 90 of the FCC’s rules for occupied bandwidth and emissions masks, although the petition asserts that TETRA exceeds these limitations only marginally. The TETRA Association is therefore requesting a waiver of these FCC rules.

The FCC will likely request public comment on the TETRA Association’s request before taking any action on it. However, it is not certain when any such public comment period will occur.

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