Sepura has announced the appointment of Nielson Communications Inc. (NCI) as its first TETRA distributor in the United States. The two will work together to drive the adoption of Sepura and TETRA in the North American market.
The move follows the opening up of the US to TETRA in May 2011 following the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granting approval for TETRA products to be used in business, industrial and transport sectors.
The FCC has granted a waiver of its part 90 rules to allow equipment conforming to the ETSI TETRA standard to be type accepted in the US. The waiver covers equipment operating in the 450-470MHz and 817-824/862-869MHz bands.
Sepura and NCI have developed a growing partnership through collaboration on a 12-month TETRA trial, inaugurated in January 2011, at Nielson’s home base in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The trial, the first of its kind in the US, comprised three IP connected base stations relaying voice and data communications through Sepura hand-portable radios. It allowed prospective users to experience and evaluate TETRA technology in action.
It also presented Sepura and Neilson Communications with the opportunity to develop a close understanding of the momentum they could jointly provide to the development of TETRA in the USA.
‘Sepura has recently achieved a number of significant successes in the Americas, spanning from Mexico and Argentina to Brazil and Uruguay,’ said Kevin Graham, Director of Developing Markets at Sepura.
‘Combining our TETRA expertise with the established technical excellence and market knowledge of Nielson Communications, we will now be able to serve the Greater Mid Western region and beyond. America is one of the emerging regions for TETRA, and this agreement serves as an ideal springboard for our future development in this exciting market,’ said Graham.
Sepura believes TETRA is set to have a significant impact on the professional mobile radio industry in the US. The company said users from a wide range of markets, including the transport, utilities and commercial sectors, can benefit from TETRA’s voice and data capabilities which offer significant improvements over traditional analogue communication systems.
Rick Nielson, President of Nielson Communications, said: ‘Local, regional, and national users will benefit from the new partnership we’ve formed with Sepura. The trial has been generating a high level of interest and we’re now in active dialogue with a number of potential users requiring totally reliable communications links in very challenging environments. Sepura’s track record gives us the confidence to announce that we have the optimum solution for their critical communications needs.’
The new agreement coincides with the launch of the North America TETRA Forum (NATF) which now represents North American interests in the evolution of the TETRA standard. Sepura has been a member of the International TETRA and Critical Communications Association since its founding and along with Nielson Communications are inaugural members of the local NATF.