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800 MHz Reconfiguration

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800 MHz Reconfiguration

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  1. 800 MHz Reconfiguration Preparing Licensees to Retune Commonwealth of Virginia June 15, 2005

  2. History • Interference first identified in late 1990s • Nextel worked with public safety and FCC to develop “Best Practices” for resolving 800 MHz interference reactively • In 2001, Nextel filed a “White Paper” with FCC to eliminate interference proactively • Nextel joined with public safety and private wireless carriers in 2002 to create the “Consensus Plan” • Intense opposition and lobbying occurred during 2003 and 2004 • FCC issued a decision in August of 2004 • Revised decision was issued in December of 2004 • Nextel accepted responsibilities and obligations on February 7, 2005.

  3. Current 800 MHz band 821 809 824 806 816 General Category NPSPAC (Public Safety) ESMR (Upper 200) Interleaved Spectrum 700 MHz Public Safety Band Cellular A & B Bands Down-Link [MHz] 851 869 854 861 866

  4. Analog Bus/ILT/SMR users would be relocated to 854-862 MHz from their current locations in 851-854 MHz. Up-Link [MHz] 821 815 816 817 824 809 806 700 MHz Public Safety/ Aviation Air- Ground Public Safety/ Bus/ILT/SMR Mixed-Use 16 MHz ( 8 + 8 MHz) General Category 6 MHz (3 + 3 MHz) NPSPAC Public Safety 6 MHz (3 + 3 MHz) Nextel 8 MHz (4 + 4 MHz) Cellular A & B Band Expansion Band Guard Band 869 [MHz] Down-Link 851 854 866 860 861 862 Public Safety users would be relocated to 854-860 MHz from their current locations in 851-854 MHz Reconfiguration: Phase I

  5. Phase II: Move NPSPAC Nextel to 800/900 MHz 900 MHz Up-Link [MHz] 816 824 809 815 821 806 817 700 MHz Public Safety/ Aviation Air- Ground Interleaved Public Safety/ Bus/ILT/SMR Mixed-Use 16 MHz (8 + 8 MHz) Nextel 6 MHz (3 + 3 MHz) Low Site, Low Power Digital SMR 8 MHz (4 + 4 MHz) NPSPAC Public Safety 6 MHz (3 + 3 MHz) Cellular A & B Band Guard Band [MHz] Down-Link 869 851 854 860 866 861 862 NPSPAC Reconfiguration: Phase II

  6. Up-Link [MHz] 816 817 824 809 806 700 MHz Public Safety/ Aviation Air- Ground Relocated NPSPAC Public Safety 6 MHz (3 + 3 MHz) Public Safety/ Bus/ILT/SMR Mixed-Use 14 MHz (7 + 7 MHz) Low Site, Low Power Digital SMR 14 MHz (7 + 7 MHz) Cellular A & B Band Guard Band 2 MHz (1 + 1 MHz) [MHz] Down-Link 869 851 854 861 862 Post Reconfiguration (non-border)

  7. Public Safety 316 (23%)Other 1071 (77%)BusinessIndustrialCommercial (SMR) Total # of Incumbents 1387 (minus Nextel) Scope: 1-120 licensees (851-854 MHz)

  8. System types: 1-120 (851-854 MHz) Conventional Systems 937 (68%) Trunked Systems 362 (26%) Other 88 (6%) Simulcast Multisite, Trunked Very Large / Multi-State

  9. Scope: NPSPAC (all PS) (866-869 MHz) Incumbents 1137 Callsigns 5033 Repeaters 52,305

  10. System types: NPSPAC (866-869 MHz) Conventional Systems 261 (23%) Trunked Systems 388 (34%) Multisite, Trunked 207 (18%) Simulcast Systems 213 (19%) Very Large Systems 68 (6%)

  11. Licensees holding 1-120 channels in the Commonwealth All of these Licensees will need to retune during Phase 1

  12. Licensees with no 1-120 channels in the Commonwealth, but do have NPSPAC channels (Phase 2)

  13. Requirements • Reconfiguration Principles • Nextel must have “Phase I” complete in 20 markets within 18 months (mid-2006) • Entire nation must be fully complete within 36 months (except border regions) • Licensees will have all reasonable costs of rebanding paid for by Nextel • Nextel (and other cellular carriers) have adopted more stringent interference protection standards (implemented January 2005) • Key Objectives • Minimize disruption to public safety communications systems during reconfiguration

  14. Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4 800 MHz ReconfigurationTransition Administrator Prioritization Map* *Reconfiguration will take three years. Reconfiguration to begin on June 27, 2005.

  15. Start dates for Virginia

  16. How we all can get it DONE! • Reconfiguration Sequence • Transition Administrator releases frequency plans • Nextel initiates negotiations with licensees • Nextel and licensee execute channel exchange agreement • Nextel pays all reasonable costs associated with reconfiguration • Reconfiguration Steps • Nextel discontinues use of “old” channels • Licensee uses “old” Nextel channels for reconfiguration • Licensee retunes mobiles to channels given up by Nextel • Licensee discontinues use of its original “old” channels

  17. Negotiations with licensees • Affected licensees must enter into an agreement with Nextel before reconfiguration can begin • Nextel has already begun voluntary negotiations with licensees • Per FCC requirements, Nextel will proceed in this order for each wave: • Move non-Nextel, non-Southern LINC channels 1-120 • Relocate NPSPAC licensees currently in 821-824 MHz and 866-869 MHz band and public safety who elect to move out of the expansion band

  18. Preparing for negotiations • Validate accuracy of your FCC licenses • Assemble reconfiguration team & identify/authorize a representative to consult with Nextel • Contact your Nextel representative • Inventory radio equipment: Make and Model (not serial #) • Number of mobile units • Number of combiners • Number of repeaters • Number of base stations • Identify call signs and frequencies to be reconfigured • Develop a detailed list of what needs to be changed • Identify other agencies that interoperate with your system • Prepare a preferred work schedule, including times of day to minimize disruption

  19. Nextel’s commitment • We’re committed to a timely and efficient reconfiguration of the 800 MHz band • We’ll work closely with licensees from negotiating reconfiguration agreements through retuning the last public safety radio • We’ll work to minimize disruption to public safety communications systems during reconfiguration • The overriding goal: eliminate CMRS interference to public safety radios at 800 MHz

  20. Typical questions • Who pays for rebanding? • Who handles the paperwork with FCC? • Can we do the work ourselves? • Is there anything written for us to review? • Can Nextel pay the vendors directly? • Are dollars available for system upgrades? • How will I get my new frequencies? • Others?

  21. Following up with Nextel • Your Nextel contact is here at this meeting. • I encourage all of you to take time and visit with your Nextel contact during the time available tomorrow. • If you do not have time during this opportunity, please try to schedule a meeting as soon as possible. Nextel will do what it takes to make this process as efficient as possible.