FirstNet expands 5G and connectivity in buildings for first responders

State of Tennessee Increases 9-1-1 Resiliency with FirstNet as Wireless Backup Solution for AT&T ESInet™

DALLAS, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — What are the news? FirstNet®, built with AT&T covers more first responders than any network in the country. And as the U.S. public safety wireless communications provider, AT&T* is bolstering its mission-critical communications by expanding 5G on FirstNet, bolstering dedicated connectivity in buildings, and improving 9-1-1 resiliency across Tennessee with FirstNet as wireless backup.

By developing 5G on FirstNet, the only network built with and for the country’s first responders: Now public safety in over 40 cities – including BostonCharlotte, Chicago, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Seattle and Saint Louis – can access AT&T’s mid-band 5G+ spectrum to experience the early benefits of its super-fast connectivity in a way that meets their unique mission needs. This means that first responders in approximately 100 markets across the country have access to at least 1 of the 3 flavors of 5G (using low, mid and high band spectrum) that we offer on FirstNet. Learn more about 5G on FirstNet here.

Strengthen dedicated connectivity in buildings where public safety needs it most: Following investment in the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) network, first responders qualified on FirstNet can now obtain Cell Booster Pros for use in areas where they have previously experienced connectivity issues – the all at no cost to them. This is just one more way our unprecedented public-private partnership is strengthening public safety command and control over their network.

The Cell Booster Pro is an enterprise-grade mini cell site that provides reliable connectivity for public safety on FirstNet, and for employees and visitors on the AT&T business network. The Cell Booster Pro transmits high quality Public Safety Band 14 spectrum as well as commercial AT&T LTE. With the ability to mesh 3 of these mini-cell sites into one building, agencies can increase coverage up to 45,000 square feet, supporting nearly 200 users. Thousands of devices are made available to first responder organizations across the country, all at no additional cost to them.

Improving 9-1-1 Resilience Tennessee: We are also uniquely positioned to equip 9-1-1 call centers, or public safety answering points (PSAPs), and first responders with an integrated infrastructure that enables them to be more flexible, resilient and agile. That’s why we’ve integrated AT&T ESInet with the FirstNet network to extend network connectivity to remote hard-to-reach or down PSAPs. And the State of Tennessee is the nationwide leader in deploying this innovative solution to every PSAP across the state. This further protects the nearly 7 million people who inhabit the voluntary state.

Interoperability with FirstNet enables redundancy, resiliency and agility with AT&T ESInet so PSAPs can focus on keeping their communities safe. If AT&T ESInet detects an outage in a 9-1-1 call center’s primary connection, it will automatically route 9-1-1 calls over the FirstNet network to a remote PSAP. This integration empowers PSAPs to maintain operations and paves the way for future next-generation 9-1-1 technologies, including video and images. These technologies allow PSAPs to coordinate more effectively with first responders, improve situational awareness and reduce response times.

Why is this important? AT&T is the only carrier capable of providing end-to-end emergency communications solutions, from 9-1-1 to dispatch to response. And as a public safety partner, that’s where first responders need connectivity. Emergencies are unpredictable and during these critical times, the public safety community needs reliable and interoperable communications. Today, more than 21,800 agencies and organizations – representing 3.7 million connections1 – use FirstNet to stay mission ready. We have seen significant FirstNet growth because the public safety community recognizes that commercial networks are not designed to properly handle the specific and niche demands of first responders. And commercial networks are not subject to the rigorous level of federal government oversight and accountability. That’s why Public Safety has FirstNet.

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What people say:
Jason Porter
President, Public Sector and FirstNet, AT&T
“Our commitment to first responders is unprecedented. By delivering 5G on FirstNet in this unique way, public safety gets a head start on the future of connectivity, without compromising the reliability they need for their communications. and with first responder agencies now able to put their network in the buildings where they need it most, we equip first responders with an unmatched network today and for decades to come. »

Lisa Casias
Acting CEO, First Responder Network Authority
“The FirstNet Authority’s investments in the network are guided by the needs of public safety. This unique process is a testament to the fact that FirstNet is truly built for and by public safety. We are pleased to work alongside public safety to provide them with the tools necessary to keep our communities safe.”

Curtis Sutton
Executive Director, Tennessee Emergency Communications Panel
“We understand that we play a vital role in providing a link with our community members and first responders. We have learned key lessons learned following the emergency events in December 2020 and worked with AT&T and other agencies to design a solution to increase our reliability and resilience. In addition to creating redundancies through traditional connections with AT&T ESInet, we are implementing a wireless connection with FirstNet, which gives us even more robust reliability than we could have imagined.”

1 From Q2 2022

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