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LTE Radio? Future?

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jacobsmith

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So, once this LTE thing gets off the ground will they replace ALL public safety networks with one common platform for two way radios networks? (Everywhere from NYC to Los Angeles will be on the same network so to speak). Is the new LTE thing kind of like cellular phones with push to talk? I'm sure it doesn't exactly work this way but is this the main jist of it? Can anyone give me a link to what a radio will look like that works over LTE. Thanks .
 

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Can anyone give me a link to what a radio will look like that works over LTE. Thanks .
It'll look the same as radios do today - whatever each individual manufacturer decides they want to make. What the radio looks like has very little to do with the signals it handles. Even when standards are set industry-wide (and it's happened in the past), different manufacturers put their own little touches on things.
 

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Wishfull thinking

Actually the entire concept is vaporware. There is no equipment currently on the market. In fact, even the infrastructure technology to provide public safety grade communications via LTE has not yet been developed.
 

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Here's an article in Urgent Communications that you may find helpful:
Panel: Broadband will not supplant LMR voice in the short term -- Urgent Communications article

From the article: "Indeed, even commercial-grade voice over LTE is not expected to be implemented until 2013, according to Emil Olbrich, project leader for NIST/OLES. Of course, commercial voice over LTE is designed to provide voice services to commercial customers, not public-safety users who need features such as push to talk, extended battery life and the capability of operating in peer-to-peer talkaround mode when network infrastructure is unavailable."

OLES is the Law Enforcement Standards Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and they speak with authority. There is some activity around around support public safety voice on LTE at the standards level. But, nothing has been published as of yet, so nobody is exactly sure what it will look like.
 
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