TETRA Takes Another Try at U.S. Market

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TETRA technology is making a second push into the North American market after a failed attempt about eight years ago. Several groups of U.S. mission-critical communications users are showing interest in TETRA technology, a trunked radio standard developed in Europe that has been blocked from deployment in the United States because of intellectual property rights (IPR).
http://mccmag.com/onlyonline.cfm?OnlyOnlineID=39
 

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It works very well for us here. It's all about the infrastructure though as it's limited to 1W output on handsets and 3W output on Mobiles.

I can see it being usefull for small site applications but its really too expensive to put the required infrastructure up for wide area comms. A main private company that owns the system we're on and we rent airtime off it.

To provide good 95% portable street level coverage we have around 45 sites in our county.

Commercial TETRA hasn't taken off here because of two factors. Price and Frequencies. Its simply too expensive to justifty it over a analogue MPT1327 system or conventional that would cost 1/10th of the price and UHF frequencies are expensive and hard to aquire for TETRA in many urban areas.
 

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JerryNone said:
In 90% of cases we, THE PEOPLE, can listen in.
We do NOT need a system that we CANNOT listen to.
Democracy First.
.....and how do you listen into P25 ENC systems then?

The technology has to progress, not being able to listen in is just an unfortunate side affect.
 

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brey1234 said:
TETRA technology is making a second push into the North American market after a failed attempt about eight years ago. Several groups of U.S. mission-critical communications users are showing interest in TETRA technology, a trunked radio standard developed in Europe that has been blocked from deployment in the United States because of intellectual property rights (IPR).
http://mccmag.com/onlyonline.cfm?OnlyOnlineID=39
Won't happen for public safety. One reason why: Interoperability. No one's going to give up their federal funding because they chose to install a radio system that doesn't play well with all the others.

And in the article itself there's another ray of light (and who would have thought Motorola's lawyers would actually say something we scanner users would LIKE?):

Motorola attorneys told him that Motorola will not license its U.S. patents essential for TETRA, which blocks use of TETRA equipment in the U.S. “We believe it is a violation of U.S. antitrust law,”
Yeah.... Somehow, I think TETRA in the US ain't happenin' anytime soon. Motorola owns the rights and they're not going to budge.

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AZScanner said:
Won't happen for public safety. One reason why: Interoperability. No one's going to give up their federal funding because they chose to install a radio system that doesn't play well with all the others.

And in the article itself there's another ray of light (and who would have thought Motorola's lawyers would actually say something we scanner users would LIKE?):



Yeah.... Somehow, I think TETRA in the US ain't happenin' anytime soon. Motorola owns the rights and they're not going to budge.

-AZ
Check the article again. It wasn't Motoropoly's lawyers that said they believe it to be a violation of U.S. anti-trust laws. It was Warren Havens, who is pushing for TETRA to be allowed in the U.S. Motorola does not want it here because they would end up losing more market share than they have in the past few years. Most of the TETRA infrastructure and radios in Europe is Nokia. Motorola could not compete with Nokia if they were selling into the U.S. public safety market.
 

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fwradio said:
Check the article again. It wasn't Motoropoly's lawyers that said they believe it to be a violation of U.S. anti-trust laws.
Uhh... actually, yes it was:

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Motorola attorneys told him that Motorola will not license its U.S. patents essential for TETRA, which blocks use of TETRA equipment in the U.S. “We believe it is a violation of U.S. antitrust law,”

As I said, it's not happenin' no matter how loud Havens complains about it. Motorola has made that pretty clear.

-AZ
 
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