AT&T’s Elbaz says the carrier plans to transition FirstNet to 5G

AT&T’s SVP of Wireless Technology Igal Elbaz says that according to some speed tests, AT&T’s FirstNet first responder’s network is faster than any other commercial network in the United States. FirstNet is an LTE network. But speaking on a FierceWireless 5G Blitz Week panel today, Elbaz said, “We’re in the process of updating FirstNet to 5G.” 

SOURCE: Fierce Wireless

DATE: July 24, 2020

FirstNet has been a boon for AT&T, not only in terms of getting the government’s contract to build the dedicated public safety communications network, but also as a way to more cost-efficiently update its macro towers for 5G.

AT&T started building FirstNet about two years ago, expanding coverage with Band 14 spectrum alongside its own 4G LTE upgrades. More than 12,000 public safety agencies and organizations now subscribe to the FirstNet platform, representing more than 1.3 million connections. READ MORE

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