We have briefly mentioned in previous blogs that there are several players that have been involved in the negotiation of the P7200 series portable release process and the band reconfiguration. Below you will find a list of these entities and what role they play in the process.
Cumberland County DPS
Harris - This may be a new name to some, but Harris Corporation signed an agreement to acquire Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems (formerly known as M/A-COM) in April of 2009. The Harris Corporation is now the provider of radio service and support for our 800MHz system.
Company Profile: Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services.
L. Robert Kimball - This consulting firm has worked with Cumberland County throughout the 800MHz radio project and will be handling the radio exchange process. As the actual exchange process will be tedious and very time consuming, Cumberland County has contracted with Kimball to assist in the exchange.
HACC - HACC has been contracted to assist in the delivery of training on the P7200 series portables.
Sprint/Nextel - Sprint/Nextel is the cell phone provider that operates on the 800MHz band and has been tasked with much of the financial responsibility during the band reconfiguration process. They are financially responsible for the costs associated with the P7200 series portable release and exchange among other things.
Transition Administrator - The Transition Administrator (TA) is an independent organization established by the FCC and comprised of Deloitte Consulting L.L.P., Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., and Baseline Telecom, Inc. The purpose of the TA is to ensure a smooth 800MHz band transition nationwide. They will be responsible for establishing reconfiguration guidelines, specifying replacement channels, reviewing reconfiguration cost estimates, monitoring payment of reconfiguration costs, managing the relocation schedule, facilitating issue resolution, and administering the alternate dispute resolution process(www.800ta.org). The TA has been working with Cumberland County throughout the band reconfiguration process and assists and approves of contracts established between all involved parties.