Tyco Electronics introduces MASTR IV TETRA base station


Supported by Digital, IP-Based VIDA Network Technology, New Base Station Enhances Voice, Data and Security Services for TETRA Radio Communications Users

TETRA World Congress, Hong Kong – May 26, 2008 – Tyco Electronics announced today that its Wireless Network Solutions business, a worldwide leader of critical radio communications systems, introduced the MASTR IV (“Master Four”) Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Base Station to power secure digital trunked radio communications via TETRA. The addition of the MASTR IV product extends the M/A-COM MASTR series and marks the first MASTR product to facilitate the TETRA air interface with the VIDA network platform. The MASTR IV TETRA Base Station currently operates on the 380, 410 and 450 MHz frequency bands and will also support growing LMR (Land Mobile Radio) markets in China and Russia. With support of M/A-COM VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data and Access) network technology, the MASTR IV TETRA Base Station provides customers with high levels of reliable, interoperable, scalable and secure digital communications.

“With an increasing number of countries throughout the world adopting TETRA technology for their radio communication needs, the MASTR IVTETRA Base Station is another example of Tyco Electronics’ dedication to providing cutting-edge digital products and services for the growing global TETRA market.

The MASTR IV TETRA Base Station will provide users with extended cell range and high power efficiency, all with the support of Tyco Electronics’ IP-based VIDA network solution,” said Willem Deleus, product manager, TETRA, Tyco Electronics. “As users switch from analog to digital technologies, it’s crucial that they have reliable equipment to ensure radio coverage that supports their communication needs. The MASTR IV TETRA Base Station will give these users the support they need for safe and dependable interoperable communications.”

The MASTR IV TETRA Base Station is fully compliant with the TETRA specifications of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and is scalable from the standard four carriers to an optional eight carriers. The MASTR IV TETRA Base Station includes a channel equalizer for exceptional reception in areas suffering from high reflections; it supports receiver diversity and an extended range feature to further increase radio performance. The MASTR IV TETRA Base Station is lightweight with a smaller form factor than that of typical base stations. Its extremely low power consumption yet high RF transmit power provide mission-critical users dependable coverage with reduced operational costs.

The M/A-COM VIDA network platform is a cost-effective, IP-based interoperable radio communications technology that supports TETRA, P25 and other radio technologies. The VIDA network platform addresses voice and data communications needs of mission-critical radio users around the world and unifies radio communication technologies into a leading-edge solution that enables end users to take advantage of the different air interface technologies. VIDA provides subscribers with the ability to integrate future technologies into their existing system through simple upgrades. More than 500 customers worldwide have experienced the commitment and advantages of Tyco Electronics’ M/A-COM business for their mission-critical communications needs.

To learn more, go to www.macom-wireless.com or visit Tyco Electronics’ M/A-COM (Stand K1) at TETRA World Congress 2008 on May 26-28 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. A live demonstration of the VIDA Hybrid Network will be featured, including TETRA, P25 and VIDA Broadband, the company’s WiMAX technology. Additionally, on May 28 Tyco Electronics will host a plenary session at the event’s Stream B, TETRA Innovation Program, entitled “Extending TETRA’s Capabilities with Public Networks”. The session will be presented by Robert Jastram, director of international business development, Tyco Electronics and TETRA Association Executive Board member.

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