AT&T FirstNet highlights new EPTT features, future promise of MCPTT

Push-to-talk services over the FirstNet system being built by AT&T already are being leveraged and more use cases are developing as the offering rapidly evolves toward a mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT)-compliant solution during the next few years, according to an AT&T FirstNet official.

SOURCE: Urgent Communiations

DATE: March 28, 2019

AT&T’s existing enhanced push-to-talk (EPTT) product—a carrier-integrated product provided by Kodiak, which is owned by Motorola Solutions—is being used for non-mission-critical voice today and as a complement to LMR-based solutions, according to Steve Devine, lead manager for strategy and policy for AT&T FirstNet. When MCPTT-compliant offerings are fully implemented, the capabilities could prove to be transformative to public safety, he said.

“If you look at the potential for people in the field with some of the solutions that are highlighted in the standard—and I’m not saying that AT&T is going to provide them—but if you read the standard and you see what’s in there, it will take your breath away, if you’re familiar with how push to talk works today,” Devine said yesterday during a session at the Winter Institute conducted at the Disaster City facility on the Texas A&M campus.

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