Hytera Communications and its local partners have signed agreements to supply TETRA two-way radio systems to two utility companies in Georgia, USA. Hytera will supply Cobb Electric Membership Corporation and Diverse Power with its TETRA radio system featuring its latest ACCESSNET-T IP infrastructure, which offers additional data capabilities, which were not available in this market until now.
The contracts mark Hytera’s breakthrough in the North American market for TETRA following the decision in September 2012 by the US Federal Communications Commission to allow the use of TETRA in two bands – UHF and 800MHz spectrum.
Cobb EMC is a non-profit membership cooperative providing electricity in north metro Atlanta and south west Georgia. After Cobb EMC did a thorough job with the specs and provided the request for proposals (RFP), Hytera believed that the best possible solution would be TETRA since it required access to UHF 450-470 MHz 25-kilohertz channels, formerly for paging, to help facilitate the build out.
The agreement with Cobb EMC includes a four-site UHF TETRA system and 340 subscriber units, most of which are portable handsets. In the future Cobb EMC might deploy another mobile site to give it room to manoeuvre where it needs additional coverage.
Diverse Power is a member-owned electricity cooperative that provides reliable electric energy-related services in Georgia and Chambers County in Alabama. It is partnering with Hytera dealer Dean’s Commercial Two-Way to facilitate its combined TETRA build out, which comprises an eight-site system and more than 140 subscriber units. The radio system will also utilise 450-470MHz spectrum.
The networks are expected to launch this year, making them Hytera’s first commercially operational TETRA network projects in the United States.