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Why FDMA

About FDMA Technology

In digital two-way radio systems, there are two main “channel access” methods used today. One is FDMA (Frequency Divided Multiple Access). This method is the oldest and most established method in the industry. The other method is TDMA (Time Divided Multiple Access).

The basic difference between FDMA and TDMA is the definition of a channel and how it is used (accessed). In FDMA a particular bandwidth (E.g. 6.25 kHz) at a particular frequency (E.g. 150.000 MHz) is used to define a channel.

In TDMA, the same principle applies regarding bandwidth and frequency, but the signal is divided into time slots that allow the channel to have ‘extra’ capacity in the same bandwidth E.g. Two 6.25 kHz ‘equivalent’ channels in a 12.5 kHz channel. See the diagram above for a graphical explanation.


Why 6.25 kHz FDMA Narrowband?

True Narrowband: Reliable Communications for Half the Spectrum!

6.25 kHz FDMA allows you to double the capacity of your valued spectrum. The choice of two independent 6.25 kHz in 12.5 kHz, or a standalone 6.25 kHz channel is yours. This double capacity/independent channel flexibility and efficiency is only possible with 6.25 kHz FDMA.


Communications Reliability When You Most Need It

No need to allow for TDMA time slot synchronization. Instant communications in emergencies and critical situations. FDMA is the fail safe mode of choice in land mobile radio. Nothing else compares.


FDMA: Proven History Like No Other Radio Technology

For over 50 years, FDMA has been the backbone of two-way radio communication. Generational enhancements have culminated in the realization of 6.25 kHz FDMA digital protocols that are literally ahead of their time, while keeping backward compatibility with analog FM.


6.25 kHz Channels: the Current and Future Trend

6.25 kHz channel plans and standards are used in North America, Europe, Japan, Oceania, and the list goes on. 6.25 kHz provides an answer to the worldwide problem of spectrum shortage and efficient use.


6.25 kHz Fundamental Excellence

Narrower bandwidth FDMA provides technical excellence in sensitivity, interference resistance, increased coverage, audio quality, spectrum efficiency and more. Why look at anything else?