AT&T CEO says FirstNet build is one-third completed, will help 5G push and increase network capacity by 50% by end of 2019

AT&T is six months ahead of its contracted schedule to deploy the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet, and the public-safety initiative will result in increasing the capacity of its network by 50% by the end of 2019 and preparing the carrier for a smooth migration to 5G, according to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: December 5, 2018

AT&T “made a full-court press” to win the FirstNet contract to build and maintain the nationwide public-safety broadband network, and the reasons for pursuing the first-responder project are coming to fruition, Stephenson said yesterday during his keynote interview at the UBS Conference

“First and foremost, … we have a very low share of that [first-responder] market,” Stephenson said. “The ability to be able to build a nationwide first-responder network and pursue that market opportunity was really, really important.

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