AT&T told the FCC that it has agreed to have satellite-direct-to-phone company AST SpaceMobile provide supplemental-coverage-from-space (SCS) services to its subscribers and asked the FCC to approve waivers that allow AST to operate on leased spectrum from AT&T in the 700 MHz and 850 MHz bands.
SOURCE: Urgent Communications
DATE: May 11, 2023
FirstNet subscribers have been able to access AT&T’s commercial spectrum—such as the bands included in the deal with AST—with priority and preemption rights on the carrier’s terrestrial network for years. A similar FirstNet arrangement eventually is intended when connecting to AST’s satellite constellation, but many technical and operational details must be resolved first.