Top Five Reasons To Switch to Digital Two Way Radios

The introduction of analog two-way radios into workplaces of all kinds revolutionized the way people kept in touch while out on the job. Whether it was on the ground in a construction site or on a golf cart on the course, radios allowed for instant access to co-workers and employees and was a simple, cost-effective solution to closing the communication gap in workplaces.

However, even though nearly every other piece of technology has been going smart, some companies have been reluctant to upgrade to digital two-way radios. Although it may seem simpler to hold onto the radios that you have now, digital two-way radios are far better than their analog counterparts for several compelling reasons.

  1. Better Voice Quality

Digital radios produce much crisper and clearer sound quality. That is because the radio’s technology focuses solely on your voice. In addition, digital technology includes automatic error correction (which prevents your voice from sounding garbled) and digitally-encoded speech (which helps to deliver the clearest sounding voice). Notably, this quality is maintained even if the person you are communicating with is close to you or at the end of the coverage range.

On the other hand, analog radios pick up every sound that the microphone hears, including your voice as well as any background noises. Not only that, but if you have poor connection, your voice also might break up and/or be hard to hear. This is frustrating and can result in major time lost on projects–especially if you spend too much time trying to communicate with each other.

  1. Bigger Capacity

Analog radios have a much shorter bandwidth, meaning it’s tougher to take advantage of multiple channels in a large space. Digital, though, is so bandwidth-efficient that it can accomodate two separate channels in one 12.5 kHz channel. As a result, you can double the capacity of your existing channel and allow more people to communicate without interference or privacy concerns. And, as a perk, this growth in bandwidth helps you minimize your licensing costs.

  1. Longer Lasting Battery Life

One of the most frustrating things about analog radios is the sometimes short and always unpredictable battery life. Sometimes, workers will need to stop what they are doing in order to swap out their radio or its battery. Digital two-way radios, though, are much more energy efficient; in fact, they will last up to 40% longer than your analog device. Interestingly, digital and analog radios consume the same amount of power in standby mode. However, once in use, digital radios dramatically outperform analog; meaning, there’s no need to swap out a radio during your shift.

  1. Improved Functionality with Additional Applications

Applications and other features beyond voice transmission can be added to digital two-way radios. These additions can include text capability, cell phone and landline compatibility, and GPS functionality–that way, you can check on your employee’s location without needing to bother them on the job. Digital radios can be “smart” like phones, so you are provided with multiple options to communicate.

  1. More Cost Effective

Although the technology included in digital radios may lead you to believe that they are more expensive than analog radios, thanks to the advances in tech, these two options are comparably priced. And for that reason, why not get the better model? Digital radios also need to be maintained (and replaced) less frequently than analog radios, thereby reducing the cost of investment. So even if you pay a little more up front for digital two-way radios, the cost of having analog radios is much greater in the long run.

Final Thoughts

Clearly, digital two-way radios are here to stay. In fact, many communications carriers are opting to phase out their analog radios–meaning you’ll need to move over sooner than you think.

Established in 1976, Communications Electronics offers the most current wireless communications technology available to organizations throughout the Mid Atlantic region. Our expert staff will help determine your individual needs and then develop a system that meets them. Our dedication to our customer has resulted in more customers and more repeat business than any other wireless communications provider in the area.

In fact, we are a Platinum Elite Sales and Service Partner for Motorola Solutions, including both commercial and professional two way radios. For more information on how we can help you, please reach out to us today.

COVID-19 Update & Our Commitment to You

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*Last Updated 3/26/20

CE continues operations as an essential service provider

To our valued customers and partners, 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in the United States and across the globe, we want to reinforce that Communications Electronics’ number one priority is keeping our employees, partners, and customers safe. Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we can continue to deliver uninterrupted, high quality service while remaining focused on the health and safety of our staff and clients. We are fortunate to have ample technology and significant experience with working remotely.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Motorola Solutions is providing recommended cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for our radios, body-worn cameras and accessories based on our current and best understanding of radio hygiene. You can review their recommended equipment cleaning guidelines here.

Communications Electronics provides a critical service as defined by the Department of Homeland Security. Our business supplies crucial equipment and vital services to fill the urgent needs of telecommunications companies, service providers, emergency responders, law enforcement, and a multitude of private entities throughout the nation. Therefore, we will continue operations at this time and are fully available to serve you.

If you have any questions during this time, please contact your CE representative. We are here to help you.

We thank you for your continued patronage. Communications Electronics will strive to maintain exceptional service to our customers during this difficult time. Wishing you good health.

Roger Cassell
President & CEO



As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in the United States and across the globe, we want to let everyone know that Communications Electronics’number one priority is to keep our employees, partners, and customers safe. Here is an update on preparations and steps we have taken to date. Two weeks ago, CE assembled a cross-disciplinary COVID-19 Management Team to actively monitor the situation and make recommendations to leadership. We have been assessing the situation daily, remaining vigilant, and following recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local authorities. We’ve assembled guidance for our employee teams, pursuant to these recommendations.

As you know, the situation is evolving rapidly, and COVID-19 is affecting people differently, depending on their location and situation. As a result, flexible solutions are needed. CE Senior Management is considering all options, including the possibility of asking staff to work remotely.

While we remain focused on the health and safety of our staff and those around us, we also remain committed to serving our customers. Fortunately, we have technology in place and significant experience with working remotely. We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we can continue to deliver uninterrupted, high quality service. Operational teams have been working to identify potential needs and strategies associated with full-virtual delivery of services. Project managers and supervisors are actively having preparedness discussions with our teams. Our IT team has been reviewing and testing systems and protocols, to ensure necessary tools and support for staff to operate virtually. Everyone has a role to play.

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Being flexible and able to overcome big challenges is part of what makes us who we are. We have the infrastructure, skills, and desire to support each other, while providing the highest level of service to our customers. Obviously, this is a fast moving, fluid situation affecting our country and the world. We will update our guidance and decisions as the situation changes. Please continue to monitor the CDC Website for updates.

We hope that you and your family are well,

Glenn Lesley
Chief Operations Officer
Communications Electronics