Affected By COVID-19, US Two-way Radio Licensing Activity Has Been Significantly Reduced

Date:Jul 02, 2020



According to the partial obstruction of the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's land mobile radio licensing activities in the public safety and commercial industries are moving towards a record low. Data in the FCC Online Universal Licensing System (ULS) database.

As of July 1, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received 6,092 LMR license applications, of which 1,378 are for public safety systems and 4,717 are for commercial industrial networks, of which 600 are still pending approval. These figures are based on the information in the ULS database last night -183 information RD 366 days leap year.

If all pending applications are approved, the total for the first half of the year is expected to be 2,756 LMR licenses issued throughout the year, which is a 9.5% decrease from the historical minimum of 3,046 public safety licenses granted. Scheduled for last year. This will mark the eighth consecutive year of decline in public safety LMR licensing activity, and this will be the fourth consecutive year the lowest total number of registrations.

In the business sector, 4,714 applications for LMR permits were submitted to the FCC, including 528 pending applications. If all pending applications are approved, the total number of industrial and commercial LMR permits for the year will be 9,428, which is a 12.5% decrease from 10,779 permits last year, the third lowest total since the ULS online database. Established.

This projected total value of industry and commerce will also hit a new record low, 8.2% lower than the industry’s previous record low of 10,276 in 2017.

Not surprisingly, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic work stoppage, many sectors of the US economy actually stopped, and commercial industrial LMR activity declined significantly. After developing at an LMR licensing rate similar to the past two years in the first quarter, the number of applications in the past three months has fallen by about 30% in the past three months, when the economic impact of the pandemic hit the company the hardest. .

In the field of public safety, LMR activity also declined in the second quarter, but it was not as intense as in the commercial industry. Last year, public safety LMR licensing activity declined almost at a noticeable rate, with a decrease of less than 5% in the second quarter. This trend may reflect the long deployment cycle of public safety LMR systems. Sources said that this is usually more effective than industry and commerce. Resist short-term economic trends.

In addition to the economic impact associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also believed that the emergence of the "Push-to-Talk" pandemic is a potential factor leading to a reduction in LMR licensing activity this year, especially in the field of healthcare communications, according to industry sources, And other aspects of the industrial and commercial sector.

The source also said that more and more anecdotal evidence indicates that during the pandemic, public safety increasingly used "push-to-talk" solutions, but usually enhanced LMR communications rather than replacing LMR systems. .

If you combine public safety and LMR activities in the first half of the commercial industry, the projected total number of the year (assuming all applications are approved) is 12,184, which will be a 44.9% reduction from the 22,113 permits approved in these regions in 2015 . Compared with the highest historical record of 40,171 LMR licenses approved in 2012, it will also be reduced by 69.7%, but it should be noted that this number is largely the result of FCC narrowband authorization. It will be completed by the end of 2012.