Motorola Solutions CEO: LMR demand in North America remains strong09-08-2017
Demand for land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems in North America “if anything, continues to go up,” despite media reports of declining LMR licensing activity in the United States, Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown said last week during the company’s quarterly earnings conference call.Brown said that he was “not surprised … at all” by a recent story by IWCE’s Urgent Communications highlighting all-time low levels of LMR licensing activity in the U.S. However, the statistics should not be interpreted as a lack of demand for LMR systems, he said. “A large number of customers are converting to P25 TDMA,” Brown said during the conference call, which was webcast. “That has a two-to-one spectral efficiency, so you literally would need half the license that you previously would need as you move to upgrade to a more efficient P25 TDMA deployment. In addition to that—number two—we’re seeing more customers increase statewide and regionwide deployments, taking advantage of the 700 MHz [narrowband] frequencies. The impact is the same.
About FirstNet Brown also said that "Motorola Solutions does not expect to receive any FirstNet-related revenue this year and is providing an early estimate of $40 million to $60 million in “composite total revenue” from the FirstNet relationship in 2018. You can read more about this call on the website of Urgentcomm by clicking the 'Read more' link.
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