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International TETRA Awards Recognizes Motorola Solutions´ Excellence in Five Categories

on Monday, 15 April 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola´s automated coverage monitoring application for mission-critical networks, TRACES, receives two prestigious awards by jury of independent experts

BASINGSTOKE, UK – April 12, 2013 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, is announcing that it won four of the seven categories of the International TETRA Awards and was ‘highly commended’ in a fifth category.

Motorola´s TETRA RF Automated Coverage Evaluation Solution (TRACES) was the only entrant in the awards to win twice, once for “Best TETRA Innovation” and once more in the category “Best Solution for Enterprise.” The “Green Award,” with an eco-friendly objective, was won by Motorola´s Dimetra IP Release 8.x TETRA platform, which offers network operators a simpler and more cost-effective platform to deliver TETRA mission-critical communications to public safety users.

In addition, a further two awards were won by submissions entered by Motorola in conjunction with customers: Resorts World Sentosa from Singapore won the “Best Use of TETRA in Private Industry” category and Shanghai Metro won a Highly Commended Award in the category “Best Use of TETRA in Transport,” raising the total of awards collected on the night by Motorola Solutions to five.

The International TETRA Awards, a collaboration between the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA) and TETRA Today, are designed to recognise excellence in the field of TETRA radio communications in both mission-critical and business-critical organizations and took place in the London Transport Museum.

Key Facts


Motorola Solutions´ award-winning TRACES was developed collaboratively by London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Motorola’s Global Solutions and Services team. The solution was developed to help the MPS gain automatic visibility of black spots on the mission-critical TETRA network, which impacted the ability of Officers to make calls during major events. The MPS also needed the ability to evaluate and analyse network data post-event.

Motorola Solutions developed TRACES to allow end-user organisations such as the MPS, to automatically collect, visualise and evaluate data from mission-critical TETRA networks via error logs recorded in Motorola Solutions’ TETRA terminals. This allows managers to view usage patterns and quickly identify coverage black spots, enabling them to work with the network operator to enhance performance. Motorola has since evolved TRACES into a solution that allows network operators real-time visibility and data on network coverage and performance issues.

TRACES is a flexible, easy to install and modular tool that can be customised to mission-critical network operator needs.

With TRACES in operation, actual network coverage that is being supplied by the network is quickly visible to the operator so when changes occur on the network, operators no longer have to rely on inaccurate predicted coverage maps

The use of TRACES as an analytical tool can greatly reduce maintenance costs because it reduces the need for regular drive testing in problem areas

About Dimetra IP Release 8.x

Dimetra IP Release 8.x offers a simpler, more resilient and cost-effective TETRA system for supporting mission-critical voice and data applications, harnessing the advanced capabilities of a new IT server-based platform.

Dimetra IP Release 8.x users are seeing a reduction of 70 percent in power consumption in switch sites, with a 60 percent reduction in physical space and footprint. The all-IP architecture carries over into the control room with an 80 percent reduction in power possible as the latest IT equipment is used.

Dimetra IP Release 8.x includes automated system upgrade functionality, which reduces upgrade time as well as the need for specialist and expensive support staff. The new system achieves practically seamless upgrades by reducing service outages by more than 60 percent compared with the previous system release.


John Adams, Head of Radio Services, London Metropolitan Police Service

“TRACES is a perfect example for how user involvement ensures the development of solutions exactly for their needs. We were one of the reasons why it has been developed. Our involvement has led to the creation of a solution from which other organizations around the world can benefit. We are pleased that Motorola has listened to us and delivered the right tool. TRACES has given us tremendous insights into our TETRA network and cost savings. Its recognition at the International Tetra Awards is well deserved.”

Gary Aitkenhead, vice president, Global Services Organization, Motorola Solutions EMEA

“Innovation and customer focus are at the heart of Motorola’s Global Solutions and Services, and it is with great pleasure to see that this is being recognized by users and the industry. Motorola’s TRACES is a prime example of how a complex customer issue has been resolved with outstanding innovation. TRACES has revolutionised the way TETRA networks are monitored and optimised – putting customers in control and giving them visibility to network data that was previously challenging and costly to gain. We are delighted to receive these awards and look forward to building on this momentum over the next few years.”

Motorola Solutions Launches First Image Management System for TETRA Digital Radios to Enhance Day-to-Day Policing

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions Launches First Image Management System for TETRA Digital Radios to Enhance Day-to-Day Policing

Innovative solution includes world´s first TETRA digital radio with a five megapixel camera

BASINGSTOKE, ENGLAND – March 21, 2013 – Public safety and law enforcement officials need to reduce crime and create safer communities in a cost-effective manner and are investigating how technology can assist this process. Key benefits and cost savings are likely to be most visible in the area of evidence gathering capabilities to improve prosecution success rates. With limited resources, evidence often is not captured or degrades before dedicated evidence-gathering officers can be deployed. Giving frontline officers the capability to capture evidential images at the scene of a crime or incident has been shown to reduce the time spent in court and increase conviction rates.

With this in mind, Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), today launches the world´s first mission-critical imaging solution for frontline officers. This is a combination of the new MTP6750 Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) handheld radio featuring an integrated five megapixel camera and the Photograph and Intelligence Communications System (PICS) image management solution. Through PICS, images captured on the MTP6750 can be managed, authenticated and shared within a public safety organisation´s existing workflows, enabling verification of captured images at any point and reducing the chance of evidence being deemed unusable in a prosecution.


Safer, Smarter, Faster – MTP6750 TETRA handheld radio

This is the first TETRA radio to integrate a five megapixel digital camera into the same easy-to-use radio form factor for which Motorola’s TETRA handsets are known. Integrating image capture and processing capabilities into the radio platform ensures that common workflow processes are enforced and images come under the security protocols of the agency.

A large QVGA colour display allows officers to view images with a single glance. Built on the newly launched MTP6000 Radio Series platform, the new TETRA handheld enables a wide range of data connectivity options, including integrated Bluetooth®, Multi-Slot Packet Data and support for TETRA Enhanced Data Services (TEDS). This enables frontline personnel to share text messages and images reliably, securely and quickly.

The integrated WAP browser with WAP Push capability allows the user to access information sources such as databases and view images on the large screen and for images to be pushed directly to the user, rapidly sharing valuable intelligence.

The MTP6750 offers an integrated Direct-Mode Repeater. Working range can be further extended by up to 14 percent through the radio’s Class 3L (1.8W) transmit power capability and best-in-class receiver sensitivity.

The image software is intuitive. Users can be confident that common workflow processes are enforced and images come under the security protocols of the agency.

Always in the hands of front line officers, the new TETRA handheld with integrated camera functionality offers them the ability to take images without the need for additional devices. Photograph and Intelligence Communications System (PICS) – End-to-End Image Management Solution

PICS covers three key areas - Integrated Terminal Management (iTM), Indelible Digital Marking and Application Programming Interface (API).

iTM allows a fleet of radios to be managed remotely from a central location, including image back-up and software updates. It enables shift leaders and dispatch to push images to any number of officers’ radios whilst they are charging. Briefing notes can be attached to images, allowing shift leaders to provide them directly to officers’ radios instead of carrying paper documents.

Indelible Digital Marking is designed to verify that images have not been tampered before being used in law courts. Images captures include metadata such as time and date, location, user ID and more.

iTM allows the user to validate the image - if any element of the image or its metadata has been changed since it was captured, validation fails. This ensures that the integrity of the evidence can be checked through the chain of custody so that it can be presented as evidence for any prosecution. Finally, the iTM API allows Motorola and its partners to integrate PICS into organisations’ existing systems and processes, or to develop further applications tailored to the needs of public safety and other end-user organisations.


Tom Quirke, vice president and general manager, Global TETRA Organization, Motorola Solutions

"We conducted an extensive research programme with public safety agencies in many regions around the world to shape our next-generation TETRA solutions. In interviews, officers repeatedly told us that viewing images while mobile and being able to take images at incident scenes offers major benefits. It saves time. It significantly enhances day-to-day policing. And, it vastly improves evidence collection. To answer their needs, we developed the MTP6750 handheld radio. It is the first TETRA handheld with an integrated five megapixel camera for image capture and an image management system. It is designed to fit perfectly into the workflows of public safety organizations such a policing, and we are convinced that this is the image management system for which users and agencies have been waiting.”

Motorola Solutions Honored with Five Red Dot Product Design 2013 Awards

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Innovative products recognized with the prestigious seal of design quality

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – March 19, 2013 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, today announced that it has been honored with five red dot product design 2013 awards. The HC1 headset computer, MC40 mobile computer, O2 control head, SL Series digital radio and TLKR two-way radios were recognized for their excellence in design quality. They were selected by a 37-member jury of international experts out of more than 4,600 entries in 19 categories.

Motorola Red Dot Design AwardsKEY FACTS

About Motorola’s red dot product design 2013 award-winning products:

  • HC1 headset computer – The HC1 is the first in a new class of Motorola hands-free enterprise mobile computers that leverages advanced voice recognition, head gestures and video streaming to enable users to access and navigate business-critical documents and applications.
  • MC40 mobile computer – The MC40 is Motorola’s first multi-purpose mobile computer for retail and hospitality applications that integrates inventory management with collaboration and line-busting mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) capabilities in a compelling form factor. It can also be used in industries such as transit for mobile ticketing and payment.
  • MOTOTRBO™ SL Series radio - The SL Series is the world’s thinnest, lightest Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) portable, designed to meet the communication needs of business users and executives in industries such as hospitality, services, security and airlines.
  • O2 control head – The O2 mobile radio control head brings Motorola’s proven rugged XE design features to the vehicle environment for use in extreme conditions where water, dirt and vibration are prevalent.
  • TLKR two-way radio series – The TLKR series of high-end performance walkie-talkies provides users with a cost-effective, efficient method of person-to-person voice communications for extreme sports, outdoor activities and wherever reliable communication is needed.

About the red dot product design 2013 awards:

The awards ceremony will take place on July 1, 2013 as part of the red dot gala held at the Aalto Theatre in Essen, Germany. Motorola’s award-winning products will then be on display for a four-week special exhibition in the red dot design museum in Germany.

With the red dot design award, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created one of the most internationally acclaimed competitions. The “red dot” prize has established itself as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design.


Paul Steinberg, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Motorola Solutions “We are honored to be recognized by red dot with its product design 2013 award – one of the premier recognitions for quality in design – for five of our products. These innovative products, such as the MC40 mobile computer and SL Series radio, are built to improve our customers’ productivity and performance through advanced design thinking.”

Motorola Solutions Invests in BriefCam

on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Video Synopsis Technology

Motorola Solutions Invests in BriefCam

Investment to Support BriefCam's Global Marketing and Sales Expansion for Video Synopsis Technology TEL AVIV – March 13, 2013 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), through its strategic investment arm Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, has announced its investment in BriefCam, the developer and provider of Video Synopsis solutions for the rapid review, analysis and indexing of surveillance video. The funds will be used to expand BriefCam’s worldwide marketing and sales activities.

BriefCam's patented Video Synopsis technology enables the rapid review of captured video – with an index to the original source, whether video feed or archival footage – for on-the-spot event tracking, forensics and evidence discovery.

BriefCam fulfills the global unmet need to browse video, investigate and identify incidents rapidly, and take action. Its award-winning Video Synopsis technology gives users the ability to review rapidly, compacting hours of events into a “brief” that takes minutes to view. The company’s customers include police, military, border control and other Homeland Security agencies, as well as security operations at municipalities, transportation authorities, building and campus security offices, retail loss prevention and more.

This investment is Motorola Solutions’ second in the Israeli market and third in the surveillance video space since 2011.

“We have been looking into various companies in the Israeli hi-tech industry, specifically in the area of public safety technologies,” said Boaz Or-Shraga, managing director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. “We were happy to find a great investment like BriefCam to expand our exposure in the growing video space. The substantial growth in the amount of surveillance videos created each year provides new opportunities for public safety and other industries, and we're glad to seize such an opportunity." "BriefCam is delighted to welcome Motorola Solutions Venture Capital as an investor and strategic partner,” said Dror Irani, CEO and president of BriefCam. “It is our hope that Motorola Solutions’ experience and global presence opens new opportunities for BriefCam in areas such as public safety, safer cities and law enforcement, as well as enterprise and retail. We expect Motorola Solutions’ global presence will also assist BriefCam greatly in accelerating penetration of new geographic regions where we have not been active to date.”

Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center Solution

on Wednesday, 13 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Proactive Policing

Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center Solution Keeps Public Safety One Step Ahead of Criminals through Proactive Policing

New approach helps operationalize the data that surrounds us to turn noise into information and information into intelligence

LAS VEGAS – (IWCE, Motorola Solutions, Booth #527) – March 12, 2013 – Information is everywhere, but capturing and filtering the right information and turning it into intelligence continues to be a challenge for cities across the country. With the Real-Time Crime Center solution from Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI), law enforcement officers can now approach an incident armed with more operational intelligence than ever before. Inputs from multiple data sources such as video, sensors, alarms, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records are processed with real-time analytics to deliver one operational view. This enables better situational awareness and allows for more proactive responses resulting in smarter and safer decisions.

Situational awareness made available with Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution is made actionable with our integration of a radio console to enable real-time direct voice communications with officers in the field and real-time video streaming to a vehicle or handheld device over existing carrier or private wireless networks. Our solution also enables the integration of existing public and private sector cameras to provide additional, live views.

Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution offers a flexible architecture that can be tailored to suit each agency’s operating requirements while also allowing for future expansion. Expert Integration Services help connect CAD events, record queries, mapping and video applications. Additional resources such as criminal complaints as well as incident, parole and national crime databases could be connected to this Real-Time Crime Center solution. Professional Services help guide departments through visioning, training and needs assessments. Design and planning also will ensure that departments are well prepared for the organizational transformation ahead and can demonstrate measurable improvements to their communities.

According to the Police Executive Research Forum as cited in a recent Motorola white paper, 90 percent of police departments plan to increase their use of predictive policing over the next five years. The Motorola Real-Time Crime Center solution sets the foundation for agencies to operationalize these predictive policing strategies and realize the full promise of their video surveillance investments by turning video into a real-time crime fighting tool. With the Real-Time Crime Center solution, Motorola is helping public safety agencies across the country harness relevant data and move from reacting at a moment’s notice to more intelligent predictions and targeted counteractions.

Real Time Crime Solution Motorola


  • Advanced public safety analytics deliver intelligent data and video to anticipate crowd formations, recognize faces, or detect gunshots to help agencies become more proactive, shortening response times and optimizing resource strategies.
  • Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution integrates existing agency records and databases with additional resources such as parole, national crime and inspections databases along with court systems and evidence management to magnify the impact of the analytics engines.
  • Motorola’s end-to-end video capabilities help agencies to move beyond basic monitoring. Streaming video can be shared between communications centers and responders with Real-Time Video Intelligence. This advanced software announced yesterday enables interoperability across public safety, public service and private enterprise video systems as well as analytics to trigger real-time alerts to significantly improve situational awareness.
  • The MCC 7100 IP Dispatch Console enables full command of situations directly from the Real- Time Crime Center solution through encrypted, mission-critical dispatching capabilities.
  • The Real-Time Crime Center solution works alongside Motorola’s Command and Control technology which provides complete incident management, streamlining the entire call intake and dispatch workflow process from the moment a NG9-1-1 call is received to when the call is dispatched to field personnel and updated as new real-time information is received.
  • Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution provides full onsite support services including 24x7 response and Motorola Solution Support Center (SSC) monitoring of the networks, applications, devices and security, helping ensure the mission-critical communications are always online.


Bruce Brda, senior vice president, Global Solutions and Services, Motorola Solutions “Motorola Solutions’ innovations in next generation public safety technology helps further develop the capabilities of law enforcement. The Real-Time Crime Center solution captures information with analytics and turns it into actionable intelligence that can be used by everyone involved in fighting crime.”

Bob Schassler, senior vice president, Government Solutions, Motorola Solutions “From design, to deployment, to managing the complete communication system, our people and our technology are dedicated to helping the public safety community overcome the challenges they face every day. By processing inputs from multiple data sources with real-time analytics, we can help our customers see one operational view that enables more proactive responses to help build safer cities and thriving communities.”

Motorola Solutions Re-Envisioning Point of Care at HIMSS 13

on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Showcasing healthcare mobility solutions

NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, will be showcasing its latest healthcare mobility solutions in Booth #6013 during HIMSS 13, March 3-7, 2013 at The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Traditionally, patient care in a hospital begins and ends with one thing – access to the chart. While this system continues to provide value, its drawbacks are significant. Nothing can happen downstream in the flow of patient data without the chart being physically present. Updating the most current information is controlled by whoever currently has the chart. For the medical staff, the process works because their focus is patient care. For an IT professional, the process is viewed as highly inefficient and filled with the potential for human error. Deploying a suite of mobile technology solutions can help transform these procedures and deliver real-time data directly to the point of care.


Motorola Solutions’ MC40 HC handheld mobile computer and SB1 smart badge will be on display for the first time at HIMSS 13.

The MC40 HC provides a mobility experience that meets the critical needs of medical staff, while broadening their access to real-time updates to patient data. With this sleek device in hand, nurses can scan a bar code on a wrist band to access patient records, check medication, update vital information and even call others in the hospital for help without ever leaving the patient’s bedside. Plus, the MC40 HC is outfitted in a polycarbonate, disinfectant-ready material specifically designed to provide each unit with a housing that can meet chemical sanitization protocols and withstand other physical stresses unique to a healthcare environment and the nurses’ workflow.

The SB1 smart badge is part of a new category of mobile devices ready for use out-of-the-box by clinical and non-clinical staff alike. This smart, wearable device gives associates access to personalized task lists, the ability to scan a barcode, and connect via push-to-talk (PTT) with other workers carrying practically any other PTT-enabled mobile device already deployed in the hospital. The result is a powerful, always-connected workforce that can access the people and information they need to maximize productivity and improve patient care.

In addition, the Motorola booth will feature demonstrations focused on many of the situations being faced today within the healthcare community, including:

Creating a secure IT environment for healthcare mobility using Motorola’s WiNG 5 Wireless LAN, Secure Access, and AirDefense Services Platform that address the unique challenges in healthcare to be always on, always secure, scalable and reliable. Motorola has a rich history of delivering mission-critical environments, and this infrastructure portfolio provides IT administrators the tools they need to plan, deploy and manage the network while proactively detecting and mitigating rogue devices. Motorola’s Secure Access addresses two provisioning challenges for healthcare IT today: secured guest access and bring your own device (BYOD) to support zero-touch on-boarding of the widest range of consumer smartphones.

Connecting the mobile, clinical workforce with nurse call demonstrations using Enterprise Voice Solutions with devices including the Enterprise Voice-over WLAN Smartphone and MOTOTRBO™ product families. HIPAA-ready Voice-over WLAN devices communicate seamlessly with two-way radios and even personal smartphones to create a collaborative environment for clinical workers to share patient data in a secure manner.

Providing healthcare workers access to real-time patient data in their moments that matter through enterprise-ready devices such as the MC75A0-HC mobile computers, DS6878-HC cordless bar code scanner and DS4208-HC corded bar code scanner to complement the Workstations on Wheels (WOW). Providing medical device manufacturers with embedded technologies like wireless cards, bar code scan engines, and mobile bar code scanning devices to help them get to market faster in partnership with a leading technology company like Motorola.


Vivian Funkhouser, director, healthcare solutions, Motorola Solutions

“We are eager to demonstrate the true power and capabilities of the MC40 HC and the SB1 at HIMSS 13. These innovative technologies, coupled with industry-specific partner solutions, help validate that enterprise-grade mobile solutions are no longer cost-prohibitive propositions for today’s hospitals. With Motorola Solutions, health systems can develop and achieve end-to-end mobility that is reliable, scalable and secure to help caregivers focus on the moments that matter – patient care.”

Fortune Names Motorola Solutions

on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Fortune Names Motorola Solutions to World’s Most Admired Companies List

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – March 1, 2013 – Fortune magazine has named Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) to its prestigious list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Motorola Solutions is ranked No. 4 in the industry category of Network and Other Communications Equipment.


  • Described as the definitive report card on corporate reputations, the Most Admired list is the result of a survey of 3,800 executives, directors and analysts asked to rate companies in their industries.
  • The nine evaluation criteria include innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.
  • The list and related stories appear in the March 18 issue of Fortune, available on newsstands and at
  • In January, Motorola Solutions was named to the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations, one of only 10 U.S. companies to earn a spot on the list.

Ofcom announces winners of the 4G mobile auction

on Wednesday, 20 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Five winning bidders to deliver future mobile competition in the UK
  • 4G services from a range of operators expected within six months
  • Research measuring 4G speeds to be conducted at the end of 2013

Ofcom has today announced the winners of the 4G mobile spectrum auction.

After more than 50 rounds of bidding, Everything Everywhere Ltd, Hutchison 3G UK Ltd, Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc), Telefónica UK Ltd and Vodafone Ltd have all won spectrum. This is suitable for rolling out new superfast mobile broadband services to consumers and to small and large businesses across the UK.

The auction has achieved Ofcom’s purpose of promoting strong competition in the 4G mobile market. This is expected to lead to faster mobile broadband speeds, lower prices, greater innovation, new investment and better coverage. Almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end of 2017 at the latest.

A total of 250 MHz of spectrum was auctioned in two separate bands – 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. This is equivalent to two-thirds of the radio frequencies currently used by wireless devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.

The lower-frequency 800 MHz band is part of the ‘digital dividend’ freed up when analogue terrestrial TV was switched off, and is ideal for widespread mobile coverage. The higher-frequency 2.6 GHz band is ideal for delivering the capacity needed for faster speeds. The availability of the two will allow 4G networks to achieve widespread coverage as well as offering capacity to cope with significant demand in urban centres.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “This is a positive outcome for competition in the UK, which will lead to faster and more widespread mobile broadband, and substantial benefits for consumers and businesses across the country. We are confident that the UK will be among the most competitive markets in the world for 4G services.

“4G coverage will extend far beyond that of existing 3G services, covering 98% of the UK population indoors – and even more when outdoors – which is good news for parts of the country currently underserved by mobile broadband.

“We also want consumers to be well informed about 4G, so we will be conducting research at the end of this year to show who is deploying services, in which areas and at what speeds. This will help consumers and businesses to choose their most suitable provider.”

Widespread 4G coverage

Ofcom has attached a coverage obligation to one of the 800 MHz lots of spectrum. The winner of this lot is Telefónica UK Ltd. This operator is obliged to provide a mobile broadband service for indoor reception to at least 98% of the UK population (expected to cover at least 99% when outdoors) and at least 95% of the population of each of the UK nations – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – by the end of 2017 at the latest.


A breakdown of what was won, who won it and the base prices payable is detailed below:   

Winning bidder Spectrum won Base price
Everything Everywhere Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and
2 x 35 MHz of 2.6 GHz
Hutchison 3G UK Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz £225,000,000
Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc) 2 x 15 MHz of 2.6 GHz and
1 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)
Telefónica UK Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz
(coverage obligation lot)
Vodafone Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz,
2 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz and
1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)
Total   £2,341,113,000


The following bidders were not winning bidders:

MLL Telecom Ltd

HKT (UK) Company Ltd

The winning bidders now have until 23:59 on 21 February 2013 to pay any outstanding
sums to Ofcom for the spectrum they have won. All proceeds from the auction will go to HM Government.

Value for consumers

In 2012, Ofcom conducted an assessment of future mobile competition in the UK. This concluded that consumers were likely to benefit from better services at lower prices if there were at least four credible national wholesalers of 4G mobile services.

However, going into the auction, Ofcom took the view that there were only three operators (EE, O2 and Vodafone) with sufficient spectrum to support such services. Therefore, in the interests of competition, spectrum was reserved in the auction for a fourth national wholesaler. That spectrum has been won by Hutchison 3G UK Ltd.

The value of the benefits which 4G services will provide to UK consumers over the next 10 years (the ‘consumer surplus’) is likely to be at least £20bn, according to Ofcom estimates.

The UK’s communications networks will become more advanced as 4G is rolled out over the coming months. This new infrastructure, together with software development, employment opportunities and new mobile revenues, means 4G is likely to make a significant contribution to UK economic growth.

Next steps

While the main part of the auction has concluded, there is a final stage in the process to determine where in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands each winning bidder’s new spectrum will be located. Bidding in this final stage – called the ‘assignment stage’ – will take place shortly.

Following that stage, once bidders have paid their full licence fees, Ofcom will grant licences to the winners to use the spectrum. Operators will then be able to start rolling out their networks, with consumer services expected in spring or early summer 2013.

3G and 4G mobile broadband speeds research

Ofcom will also be carrying out research to measure the performance of 3G and 4G networks.

This will be broken down by operator and will assess the average mobile broadband speeds received by 3G and 4G customers. It will be designed to help consumers understand the performance benefits of 4G over 3G mobile services and assist them in making informed purchasing decisions.

Ofcom expects to conduct this research around December 2013 and publish the results in spring 2014.

Planning for the future

By 2030, demand for mobile data could be 80 times higher than today. To help meet this demand and avert a possible ‘capacity crunch’, more mobile spectrum is needed over the long term, together with new technologies to make mobile broadband more efficient. Ofcom is planning now to support the release of further spectrum for possible future ‘5G’ mobile services.

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Impact of radio spectrum on the UK economy and factors influencing future spectrum demand

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Spectrum is a valuable resource that enables growth and innovation.

This report has been prepared by Analysys Mason as part of a study of the impact of radio spectrum on the UK economy and factors influencing future spectrum demand, undertaken on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

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More Than 2 Million Users Worldwide Trust TETRA Radio Terminals from Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Global landmark paves way for continued growth and expansion for 2013 and beyond

Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a world leader in the development and deployment of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) communication solutions, today announced that it has shipped its 2 millionth TETRA digital radio terminal. This milestone was reached in less than four years, half the time it took to reach the first milestone of 1 million units bought by customers.

The increasing rate of shipment for TETRA terminals highlights the accelerating growth of the worldwide user base depending on reliable TETRA digital radio technology and the continued market recognition of Motorola’s pioneering position in the development of innovative TETRA solutions.

The strength and maturity of this market also is reflected in the pace of innovation brought to users. In recent months Motorola has introduced the MTM5200 and MTM5500 TETRA mobile radios as well as the new MTP6550, one of the most advanced TETRA portable radio in the world. The new additions are all capable of supporting TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS), a mission-critical resilient and secure data service compliant with the ETSI TETRA standard. The new devices will ensure that investments made in TETRA today will be able to support data services in the future, which through TEDS provide up to 20 times faster access to back-office applications, such as business intelligence and databases.

The latest customers from around the world who have chosen TETRA radio terminals from Motorola Solutions include Metro Service in Denmark and Bangalore International Airport Limited in India.

The new radios (TEDS)

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola announces new high-tech mobile radios (MTM 5200 and MTM 5500)

Motorola has unveiled the MTM 5200 and MTM 5500 TETRA mobile radios and the MTP6550 TETRA portable radio. The new additions are all capable of supporting TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS).

The MTP 6550 is a TEDS-ready TETRA handheld radio, delivering real-time data access in the field. Key features include push services to allow dispatchers to deliver messages directly to radio screens, radio call out requiring a mandatory acknowledgement of message delivery, and built-in Bluetooth for wireless audio and connectivity to collaborative data devices, for example – using a Personal Data Assistant (PDA) for more complex forms or using scanners for ID checks.

The MTM 5200 and MTM 5500 complement the existing MTM 5400 TETRA mobile radio. The series offers a choice of different form factors and capabilities to suit different operational environments today and device-readiness to exploit the higher speed data services provided by TEDS networks.

The MTM 5500 also includes integrated Direct Mode Operations (DMO) Gateway and DMO Repeater capabilities, allowing radio and data coverage to be temporarily extended to provide coverage to portable radios inside nearby buildings. This allows police forces to extend their patrol ranges and officers and paramedics in the field to stay connected in hazardous situations.

Tom Quirke, from Motorola Solutions, commented: “TEDS meets the needs of the next evolution of critical data applications as it derives from TETRA and offers the resilience and security required for public safety operations. With our latest additions of TEDS-ready handheld and mobile radios, users can be assured that their long-term investment into TETRA today will be future proof.

“The solutions are helping to increase operational efficiency and transform user safety, equipment ease of use, and ruggedness of mission-critical operations. The increased receiver sensitivity will further boost flexibility of operations and help to connect users wherever needed.”

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