Palmetto Radio Network

3 Palmetto 800: South Carolina’s Public-Private Statewide Communications Network Partnership The South Carolina Statewide 800 MHz Radio and Mobile Data System, known commonly as Palmetto 800, is a cost-shared public/private partnership between state government, local governments, power utilities, and Motorola Solutions, Inc. The system is a Motorola P25 - 7.17 Core. The goals of the shared Palmetto 800 system are to provide public safety grade statewide coverage, enhance statewide interoperability and provide agencies with a superior communications technology at an economical price to meet their public safety communications needs. In operation since 1992, the network continues to expand and evolve to meet public safety responder needs. Today, the Palmetto 800 network is one of the largest shared statewide radio networks in the nation with over 50,000 users. More than 850 agencies representing state government, federal government, local government, law enforcement agencies, fire services, EMS services, and power utilities in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia currently participate in the shared, statewide 800 MHz radio network. All South Carolina county, emergency management agencies and 911 centers have been provided with radios to access to the Palmetto 800 system for interoperability and disaster response coordination. The South Carolina Department of Administration’s Division of Technology Operations (DTO) manages the system with the support of an elected advisory committee which ensures user input into the system’s oversight. DTO administers the Palmetto 800 Network and provides significant direct support including ESF-2 functionality, the state's cache of communications radios, mobile radio towers, mobile satellite trailers (data, VoIP phone and two-way, radio services) and the state’s communications strike team. South Carolina continues to receive top rankings nationally for its interoperability efforts associated with the Palmetto 800 and PATCON systems. Palmetto 800 System Administration The Statewide Trunked 800 MHz radio and mobile data system (known as the Palmetto 800 MHz Radio System) contract is administered by DTO. The Palmetto 800 network is funded by monthly user fees. The current contract period runs through June 30, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following staff members listed below: