Digital Two-way Radios and Fast Radios, Inc. Compete with Cellular Phones in Florida

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Customer frustration over poor cellular phone coverage in many areas of Florida has led Fast Radios, Inc., a company in Naples Florida, to offer an alternative. Commercial grade digital two-way radios can be leased or purchased for the same monthly cost as cellular phones and in many cases provide better coverage. Some customers report they lowered their monthly expense while getting better coverage by moving from cellular to two-way radios.

Digital two-way radios can give business owners in Florida communication coverage where cell phones do not.

Fast Radios, Inc., a commercial two-way radio systems company based in Naples Florida, has entered into an agreement with a co-op of commercial two-way radio dealers in Florida to provide digital two-way radio coverage throughout the state. Service is already available in south Florida and the state-wide system is expected to be completed before the end of 2011.

Digital two-way radios can give business owners in Florida communication coverage where cell phones do not. The system provides businesses with vehicles on Florida roads their choice of local, regional or state-wide communication among their drivers and their dispatch offices.

“The technology now available in commercial two-way radio allows us to offer crisp, clear audio communication over very wide areas,” says Bill Richards, Vice President of Fast Radios, Inc. “We like the digital IDAS System from Icom America. When compared to an analog FM signal, digital easily outperforms analog in audio clarity at the fringes of the communication range, thus providing more reliable audio over a greater total area, even if the coverage footprint is the same as analog FM.”

A copy of the current coverage map can be viewed at

“The advantage two-way has over cellular is very simple,” states Richards. “The typical transmission power of a cellular phone is 500 mW (500 milliwatts). 500 milliwatts is the same thing as .5 watts or half a watt. Portable two-way radios transmit at 5 watts. That’s 10 times the transmit power of cellular. The mobile radios mounted in the vehicles transmit at 45 watts. That’s 90 times the power of cellular – and the antenna is on top of the vehicle usually three or four feet higher than the cell phone in the cabin of the vehicle with the driver. That all adds up to significantly better range when you’re out there crossing Alligator Alley or the Tamiami Trail.”

For additional information on the multi-site digital two-way radio system in Florida, contact Mark Bond, Florida Project Manager or visit Icom, Icom Inc. and the Icom logo are registered trademarks of Icom Incorporated (Japan) in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Japan and/or other countries. IDAS, IDAS logo are trademarks of Icom Incorporated. NXDN is a trademark of Icom Incorporated and Kenwood Corporation. AMBE+2 is a trademark and property of Digital Voice Systems Inc.

Fast Radios has been designing and building two-way radio communications systems for facilities in business, industry and education since 2003.

Mark Bond, Florida Project Manager
Fast Radios, Inc.

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