Safety organizations see the 4.9 GHz public safety band as critical

Published 1 August 2006

Instant broadband mobile-mesh communications specialist conducted survey finding that a majority of safety organizations support the 4.9 GHz public safety band

Redwood City, California-based PacketHop, a specialist in instant broadband mobile-mesh communications systems, reports that in a survey it had conducted, 82 percent of the participants supported the 4.9 GHz public safety band network as vitally important for incident-area communications. PacketHop surveyed more than 700 public safety organizations which filed for licenses to use the 4.9 GHz WiFi spectrum to ascertain their deployment plans and perspectives. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated the 4.9 GHz spectrum exclusively for public safety agencies to improve inter- and intra-agency communication. Eighty-seven percent of respondents said they have deployed or plan to deploy a 4.9 GHz public safety band network within two years.