Say hello to the next generation of cellular devices
Since developing the world’s first 3G connected in-vehicle device, Siyata Mobile Inc. (TSXV: SIM | OTCQX: SYATF) (“Siyata”) has continued its legacy as a pioneer in the telecoms industry, becoming a top-50 TSXV company and launching the world’s first 4G LTE all-in-one fleet communications device in 2017.
Now, Siyata has received all major industry and government approvals to distribute the world’s first and only in-vehicle connected cellular device with Push-to-Talk over Cellular (“PoC”) compatible on “Band 14”, opening up an entirely new market segment just for them.
Band 14 is a valuable portion of the spectrum (~700MHz) licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet”) to create a United-States-wide public-safety wireless broadband network that provides good propagation in urban and rural areas and into buildings.
First Responders will have priority on this network along with collaborating federal agencies, but the legislation that created FirstNet and authorized network construction may extend its uses to include:
- Multiple levels of responders, such as municipality departments and utilities
- Virtually any government user
- Commercial entities and consumers in certain incidents and circumstances
- Rural and remote areas which are not profitable for commercial wireless carriers
However, there has been talk of rolling the network and spectrum out to a wide variety of end-users, including families, small businesses and educational facilities and districts.
The 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan was established to create a nationwide interoperable communications system for first responders utilizing the latest technologies. At the end of 2017, the First Responder Network went live in all 50 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia.
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The company is now favourably positioned with its Uniden® UV350 4G/LTE, the world’s first and only in-vehicle band 14 cellular device. The recent certifications allow Siyata to be a leading candidate for global in-vehicle PoC over the FirstNet Network in the United States, some normally only accomplished by the largest cellular manufacturers.
Siyata has been waiting to launch the UV350 device into multiple markets and can proceed in 2018 having received all requisite approvals; namely, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), PCS Type Certification Review Board (“PTCRB”) and Conformité Européenne (“CE”) and Industry Canada (“IC”).
Most importantly, the FCC approval grants the company licence to sell the UV350 in the United States. For the UV350 to have been approved, Siyata had to supply all documentation and have the device tested in an independant lab.
PTCRB is an important classification for wireless devices, and the certification adds confidence that the UV350 can successfully transfer information with mobile networks. The Siyata technical team has successfully achieved PTCRB status with its previous generation models (“UCP100 and UCP200”).
Crucially, the UV350 has also received Conformité Européenne certification, which means it will be available for sale throughout Europe. CE is a certification mark that conforms with health, safety and environmental protection standards for products sold throughout Europe.
The Certification and Engineering Bureau of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (“IC”) is a certification service for radio equipment and a registration service for terminal equipment in Canada that tests radio equipment to establish compliance with Canadian standards.
The approvals are the highest global certifications for cellular devices and represent a substantial opportunity for Siyata to market its groundbreaking device without competition. Shares are currently sitting at CAD$0.40 on the TSXV, but expect a few years of growth from a potential new mobile major entering the scene.