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Icom Acquires P25 Division from Kyodo Communications & Electronics, Announces New P25 Repeater

BELLEVUE, WA – Icom America, a two-way radio manufacturer serving public safety and related markets, broadens its Project 25 product line by announcing the acquisition of Kyodo Communications & Electronics' P25 Division. To inaugurate this industry development, Icom will introduce a new P25 repeater in 2013 that is based on an existing platform. This 100% duty 110W repeater will be a powerful addition to Icom's line of interoperable solutions, reinforcing the company's commitment to developing viable P25 technology.

The acquisition of the Kyodo P25 Division complements Icom's dedication to first responders, the public safety community and the P25 standard. Icom will use this newly acquired engineering and design capability to continue strengthening its current product development program. Paired with Icom's P25 portable and mobile radios, the new repeater will complete the necessary infrastructure for a P25-compliant system.

"Our expanded P25 Division allows Icom to continually provide customizable end-to-end solutions for the P25 community," says Icom America Vice President Chris Lougee. "We are excited about beginning the development of a new repeater and look forward to designing more interoperable, user-friendly and affordable solutions to our customers."

Icom's new repeater will comply with Project 25 standards and will operate in conventional digital/analog mixed mode with 500 channels. This high-performing and robust repeater will achieve 100% duty cycle without a cooling fan, promoting stable and continuous operation. Available versions will include 136-156MHz, 150-174MHz, 400-435MHz, 440-475MHz and 465-500MHz.

The new P25 repeater will join Icom's current P25 interoperable equipment including the F9011 Portable Series and F9511 Mobile Series. Considered "all-in-one" packages, the F9011 and F9511 Series have built-in P25 conventional, P25 trunking and analog conventional. The F9011 and F9511 Series fulfill P25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) requirements and qualify for federal grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security. Like the F9011 Series and F9511 Series, Icom's new P25 repeater will allow agencies the option to communicate digital/analog signals and use legacy equipment through mixed mode operation.

Icom is attending the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas from February 22-23. Information on the repeater will be available at Booth #3021.


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