AT&T wants to meet FirstNet deployment targets sooner than expected, AT&T exec says

AT&T plans to deploy public-safety LTE service on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum more quickly than expected, with about one-third of the projected buildout to be completed by next April, according to AT&T Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Stephens.

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: May 31, 2018

“We’ll touch 10,000-plus towers by the end of the year,” Stephens said yesterday during the Cowen Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. “We have metrics that are part of public record with regard to FirstNet with regard to hitting 31% of the overall build scheme by the [end of the] first quarter of next year. I would expect that we would not only hit that but beat that.

“Our network guys are focused like a laser on this, and their limits are on what they can do efficiently, not necessarily just meeting a goal of the FirstNet authority. We would much rather get it done quicker—it makes sense, as long as we can do it efficiently.”

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