FCC Narrowbanding Compliance and Licensing
Global Communications Inc. works closely with a licensed
frequency coordinator on current FCC licensing requirements.
We can assist you with new applications, renewals, relocations,
and modifications as well as help you prepare for the
future. We feel it is important to make you aware of an
FCC Licensing change that could effect your business communications,
and that is the requirement to move to narrowband 12.5kHz.
Be prepared for when the FCC Narrowbanding mandate goes into effect. Nationwide licensees operating on 25 kHz radios systems will soon need to operate using 12.5 kHz efficiency channels.
As a trusted leader in two-way communications, Motorola has been preparing for 12.5 Hz technology for over decade and offers the broadest choice of two-way radio equipment with close to 60 models capable of operating in 12.5 kHz efficiency. While Motorola radios purchased in the last ten years are likely dual mode 25/12.5 kHz, older equipment may need to be replaced. Contact your local Motorola representative today to help you prepare for a smooth and cost effective transition. See below for all Motorola 12.5 kHz products.
FCC NARROWBANDING COMPLIANCE
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Are your radio system and subscribers ready for Narrowbanding?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is mandating all public safety and industrial/business licensees convert existing 25 kHz radio systems to minimum narrowband 12.5 kHz efficiency technology by January 1, 2013. The purpose of the narrowband mandate is to promote more efficient use of the VHF and UHF land mobile frequency bands.
Who is affected?
All land mobile Part 90, 25 kHz efficiency systems operating on VHF (150-174 MHz) and UHF (421-512 MHz) frequency bands.
The FCC has set the following deadlines for licensees and manufacturers, requiring migration to minimum 12.5 kHz efficiency systems.
RADIO USERS (LICENSEES)
January 1, 2011 Applications for new licenses or for license modifications to expand existing service areas must specify at least 12.5 kHz efficiency. The FCC will no longer accept applications for systems operating at 25 kHz efficiency.
January 1, 2013 All licensees must convert to and operate in at least 12.5 kHz efficiency. Existing dual mode (25/12.5 kHz) equipment must have the 25 kHz efficiency mode disabled via software. Equipment capable of operating only at 25 kHz efficiency must be replaced.
Note: The FCC has NOT set any date by which licensees must operate in 6.25 kHz efficiency in these bands.
NARROWBANDING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Narrowbanding?
In an effort to promote more efficient use of spectrum, the FCC mandated all VHF and UHF Public Safety and Industrial /Business licensees using 25 kHz land mobile radio (LMR) systems migrate to narrowband 12.5 kHz efficiency technology by January 1, 2013.
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