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AT&T GSM 850 Blamed For Police Radio Outages In Oakland

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Top message:  This is crazy by Tofuchong   Aug 22, 2012, 5:41 PM

Replying to:  Re: This is crazy by MarryTheNight   Aug 22, 2012, 5:53 PM

Re: This is crazy

by Globhead    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 PM

My memory could be fuzzy here, but I think the iDEN problem was because Nextel was using a shared band initially intended for many different organizations to use as a handy-talky kind of application (resulting in low-volume usage), but Nextel was using it for a high-volume telephone system and started to crowd it.

I don't know exactly what the problem is with the 850 system, as I thought it was dedicated to cellular and any public safety systems would have been assigned bands which wouldn't be harmed by the existing cellular bands. It seems kind of ridiculous that this stuff wasn't planned with the expectation that a police car would regularly get within 1/2 mile of cellular towers. There must be some major detail I am missing.

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