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AT&T serves up low-band 5G in 13 more markets

AT&T’s low-band 5G coverage now includes 58 markets AT&T has added 13 markets to its low-band 5G coverage map. Not to be confused with the 13 cities the operator announced on February 5th or the 13 on February 11th, these are a brand new 13,...

Nextivity commits to public safety with expanded Cel-Fi product line

  One of the first things anyone responding to a crisis will do – whether it’s a FirstNet subscriber, emergency responder, or private individual observing or personally involved in an emergency situation – is reach for their cell phone. The stress of the situation only escalates...

FirstNet hits 1 million subs, adds a blimp to deployable line-up

AT&T says Band 14 build-out is more than 75% complete AT&T-FirstNet is now serving more than a million connections, with more than 10,000 public safety agencies and organization subscribed to the service, AT&T reported. The carrier said that its build out of Band 14 700 MHz...

Tech, Wi-Fi companies back broader unlicensed use at 6 GHz; public safety and utilities balk

As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether, and how, to utilize spectrum at 6 GHz for unlicensed use, a group of tech and Wi-Fi companies that includes Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google has thrown its support behind providing additional room for Wi-Fi to grow. In...

How to cost-effectively deliver multi-carrier in-building coverage

  Nextivity’s Supercell helps enterprises make the most of small cell signals There are three foundational facts that are shaping the in-building cellular market. We know that the vast majority of mobile traffic originates from inside buildings; similarly, we know that modern businesses, regardless of size,...

For FirstNet contractors, the right PIM hunting training and tools are crucial

  As AT&T continues to ramp up its build-out of the First Responders Network Authority’s Band 14 spectrum, adding that beachfront 700 MHz spectrum to existing systems poses some deployment challenges. The FirstNet build-out is happening rapidly. AT&T says that it has deployed Band 14 spectrum...

Achieving network resiliency: Key recommendations from the IAC

"Emergency mitigation happens during blue skies, not during the storm." What does it take to achieve communications network resilience during a disaster?  In a new report on disaster response coordination, the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee lays out best practices and recommendations on network resiliency to the...

When Z-location doesn’t matter: An open letter to first responder community (Reader Forum)

Last week, FCC Chairman Pai announced a proposed draft called the Fifth Report & Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the stated intent of improving 911 vertical location accuracy (known as z-axis) when someone calls 911 using a mobile phone in a multi-story building. The solution outlined...

CenturyLink, West Safety Comms agree to $575,000 fine over 911 outage

Network operators CenturyLink and West Safety Communications have settled with the Federal Communications Commission over violations of FCC rules due to a 911 service outage. The two companies agreed to pay $575,000 in fines and put in place a three-year compliance and reporting plan to...

T-Mobile US introduces new first responder plan

In the latest move by carriers to target the first responder market, T-Mobile US announced a new plan for first responders. Available starting November 1, the Magenta First Responder plan will charge users $25 per month per line, with four lines available for $100 per...

What the FirstNet roadmap says about its in-building strategy

The First Responders Authority will be receiving about $18 billion in payments from AT&T over the 25-year-term of the FirstNet contract. An estimated $16 billion of that is expected to be reinvested in the network, as is required under the law which established FirstNet....

FCC to amend tariffing rules and expedite 800 MHz band reconfiguration

FCC meeting will address wireline competition, public safety & homeland security and media The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an open meeting at the end of this week. The meeting will address a number of issues including wireline competition, public safety & homeland security...

Editorial Report: Challenges of Deploying FirstNet Compliant In-Building Wireless Systems

What does it mean to have a building that is FirstNet ready? This report digs into various type of in-building coverage strategies for public safety users and how industry players are trying to get first responders the indoor coverage that is integral to their daily...

Editorial Webinar: Challenges of Deploying FirstNet Compliant In-Building Wireless Systems

What does it mean to have a building that is FirstNet ready? This webinar digs into various type of in-building coverage strategies for public safety users and how industry players are trying to get first responders the indoor coverage that is integral to their...

How fast is FirstNet growing?

The FirstNet network operated by AT&T has been accepting subscribers for more than a year now, with service offered across all of AT&T's commercial spectrum bands, a private network core for public safety users and Band 14 coverage built out in about 650 markets...

AT&T shifts leadership of FirstNet team

AT&T announced late Friday that Chris Sambar, who has headed up the carrier's team responsible for constructing and managing a nationwide public safety network for the First Responders Network Authority, will be moving into an executive network position for the company as a whole. Sambar...

How well do LTE devices handle audio in public safety environments?

Inside a burning building, alarms are going off -- and the first responders on-scene still need to be heard and hear their communications devices. Outside, fellow responders are conversing as they stand next to a fire truck with its pump running, as more emergency...

Next-Generation Networks for First Responders

  How First Responders & Communities are Depending on Wireless Networks First responders are a vital component of communities, working to identify threats and treat the injured. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, emergency medical services (EMS) treat 25 to 30 million patients per year....

What is Project BroadWay?

What is Project BroadWay? About a decade ago, the European Commission started having formal conversations around TETRA and the future of public safety communications networks. This led to the formation of Public Safety Communications – Europe, and subsequently to research validating what public safety users...

Cradlepoint White Paper: Trends in Connected Technologies for First Responders

Digital and connected technologies are transforming first responder organizations by increasing accountability, improving first responder safety, and enhancing triage and treatment. However, these new technologies can create new challenges if they are not implemented correctly, which can consume already limited budgets and precious man-hours. This...

Airbus Q&A: Mobile broadband, TETRA and the future of EU public safety networks

Airbus' Secure Land Communications business is one of the major providers of public safety critical communications networks in Europe. The company says that it works closely with the ministries of the interior of various European countries and has many nationwide and long-term customers in...

Editorial Report: Public Safety, Critical Communications – UK/EU

Disasters cross international borders, and in Europe, critical communications need to support the ability of first responders in neighboring countries to work collaboratively. This report explores the latest trends and developments in how European Union countries and the United Kingdom are meeting the challenges of...

Editorial Webinar: Public Safety, Critical Communications – UK/EU

Disasters cross international borders, and in Europe, critical communications need to support the ability of first responders in neighboring countries to work collaboratively. This webinar explores the latest trends and developments in how European Union countries and the United Kingdom are meeting the challenges of...

Disaster Tech Lab: Using cellular in disaster response

Increased digitalization is impacting disaster response and recovery Coverage, power and backhaul. Those three pieces are fundamental to any working cellular network, but they can be awfully hard to come by during a response to a natural or humanitarian disaster. Disaster Tech Lab specializes in providing...

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