Steps to Narrowbanding
The Narrowbanding deadline date was January 1, 2013
Are you compliant? If you are unsure or have questions, EWA is here to assist.
Locate your FCC license and review for FCC narrowbanding complianceIf the emission designator starts with either a 4K, 7K, 8K or 11K, the license is compliant with the FCC’s narrowbanding mandate. If the emission designator starts with either a 16K or a 20K, the license is not compliant with the FCC’s narrowbanding mandate!
Ensure that you have a business relationship with “wireless sales and/or service provider”Ensure that you have a business relationship with a local and reputable wireless sales and/or service provider that understands the narrowbanding mandate, understands your wireless system operational requirements. Find a wireless sales and/or service provider that has the professional resources at their disposal in order to reprogram and/or replace equipment as necessary (perhaps a “Certified Service Center”).
Conduct a thorough inventory of all of your equipmentConduct a full inventory of your equipment to include – model numbers, number of installed mobiles, portables, base stations, repeaters, antennas, etc. – to determine the scope of the system reprogramming and/or equipment replacement hurdle. Normally, equipment purchased after 1997 may be reprogrammed to be 12.5 kHz narrowband compliant, but equipment purchased before 1997 probably needs to be replaced! Provide make and model numbers to your wireless sales/service provider – they will know.
Review system requirementsReview your system capacity, coverage and private wireless system feature capabilities that are available today. Since licenses may need to be updated to reflect narrowband compliance, other license modifications can be made to accommodate a wide array of other productivity and safety producing applications such as messaging, vehicle location, etc.
Establish an optimum migration planEstablish an optimum plan (and budget) to accomplish necessary compliance and system enhancement goals. Systems that require 10 wireless devices to be reprogrammed or replaced will be far easier than systems with more than 100 wireless devices, perhaps some of which cannot be “out-of-service” other than on off-hours or weekends.
Contact/consult with EWAContact EWA for spectrum and licensing strategies, which may include current license reviews for narrowbanding applicability, and VHF/UHF spectrum analyses to identify optimum new shared or exclusive channels necessary to accommodate system expansion, migration to digital technologies and/or trunked system objectives. It is recommended that license applications be prepared and filed with the FCC prior to December 31, 2012. Simple 25 kHz to 12.5 kHz analog system license modifications do not require frequency coordination nor FCC filing fees.