Motorola announces 900 MHz private broadband


Motorola Solutions is developing a new 900 MHz private broadband solution, aimed at offering “high-power and interoperable communications” for those in the US utilities, oil and gas sectors.

According to the company - which has a history of providing mission critical private narrowband networks - the solution will include infrastructure, as well as devices, software and service components. It will be offered on “flexible commercial terms that align with market needs.”
The announcement was made ahead of a regulatory proceeding by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to realign the 900 MHz band, in order to increase capacity for broadband use.

Speaking of the solution, John Zidar, Motorola corporate vice president, North America commercial, channel and carrier, said: “We are applying our significant patent portfolio, and the high-power capabilities our customers enjoy in land mobile radio, to our developing broadband solution. [This will] allow for lower site counts and improved total cost of ownership.
“This high-power solution exceeds industry standards for adjacent channel leakage ratio and will greatly reduce the risk of interference with neighboring narrow-band license holders.” 

Bobbi Harris, director of member engagement and operations at the Utility Broadband Alliance said: “As a founding member of the alliance Motorola Solutions has been advocating for the secure and reliable broadband networks which are essential to the continued modernisation of the digital grid.”

The new solution follows on from the company’s ‘Nitro’ product, which provides an end-to-end LTE solution operating on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

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