AT&T provides initial insights about FirstNet performance, recovery efforts after Nashville explosion

Some FirstNet subscribers experienced service outages after the massive Dec. 25 explosion at AT&T’s Nashville network hub, but backup battery power at the facility and the use of deployable cell sites meant that many FirstNet users were able to communicate “within hours,” according to AT&T.

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: DECEMBER 31, 2020

Although the Christmas-morning explosion caused significant damage to AT&T’s Nashville facility—“including a crater on the east-facing side”—the network hub remained operational for several hours that day, an AT&T spokesperson said today in a prepared statement provided to IWCE’s Urgent Communications

“Our network equipment was not directly knocked out by the blast, and mobility services—including FirstNet—continued operating on temporary battery power throughout the morning,” according to the AT&T statement. “First responders on FirstNet at the scene had prioritized service immediately following the blast.

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