AT&T has been tapped by the U.S. Military to ship FirstNet providers for public security personnel at 72 Military places following a pilot program and testing earlier this yr.
AT&T mentioned it can ship nearly 3,200 strains of FirstNet providers, together with for firefighters, legislation enforcement and safety personnel on the Military installations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The U.S. Military additionally signed on for greater than 3,000 FirstNet-capable units and over 700 sign boosters for higher connectivity indoors.
FirstNet is a devoted public security community that AT&T has been constructing out, alongside its 4G LTE and 5G community upgrades. AT&T won the 25-year FirstNet contract in 2017, underneath public-private partnership with FirstNet Authority. FirstNet has its personal devoted core community, which the service plans to transition to 5G. To date AT&T has round 13,000 public businesses subscribed to FirstNet with about 1.5 million connections.
The Military piloted FirstNet this previous spring and examined capabilities underneath storm circumstances with its hearth and navy police. AT&T mentioned the Military was additionally capable of consider the advantages of in-building sign boosters.
In late August, FirstNet units have been examined and assisted on-site after Class 4 Hurricane Laura hit Fort Polk in Louisiana. FirstNet-capable wi-fi routers that have been affixed on autos geared up with cameras in order that operations groups on the base may have near real-time video within the face of utmost climate circumstances (most sustained winds of 150 miles per hour).
In keeping with AT&T, the Military agreed FirstNet was efficient to assist restore base operations and for incident administration after a nationwide catastrophe.
FirstNet additionally has a fleet of 76 deployable belongings obtainable to businesses for emergency response. That features the 55-foot FirstNet One Aerostat (also referred to as a blimp), which might fly as much as 1,500 ft and acts as a floating cell tower. It was utilized in response to Hurricane Laura (separate from the Military testing), marking its first flight deployed for that goal.
“FirstNet helps us enhance very important communications on our installations, depots and arsenals, together with throughout catastrophic disasters or emergencies when communications capabilities are strained. We’re adopting FirstNet as a result of it’s designed for public security professionals with precedence, preemption and extremely dependable information communications that may enhance our general response and our interoperability with our civilian companions,” mentioned Colonel Kevin Consolation, Command Provost Marshal at Headquarters Set up Administration Command in Joint Base San Antonio in a statement.
Simply final week AT&T was chosen final week by the Division of Protection as one in all greater than a dozen corporations supplying 5G testbeds at a handful of navy installations. The DoD awards whole $600 million. AT&T is offering connectivity and can arrange a community that helps millimeter wave and sub-6 GHz 5G.
Verizon has confronted stiffer competition within the public security market as AT&T continues to make problem with FirstNet. T-Cell too has made efforts to court the public safety phase. This yr T-Cell launched its “Connecting Heroes” program, providing free limitless wi-fi service to first responder businesses.