Devices are Ready for Public Safety’s Use on FirstNet

By Joe Martinet, Director of Devices

NIST list identifies approved devices per FirstNet’s Device Approval Program

This is an exciting time for FirstNet. In the last month, the First Responder Network Authority-AT&T partnership has reached major milestones in deploying the network for first responders, including the launch of the nationwide buildout of public safety’s spectrum – Band 14 – and the delivery of the FirstNet Core.

The First Responder Network Authority Device Team has also been busy, working alongside AT&T to approve devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for public safety’s use on FirstNet. We’ve taken a number of devices through the FirstNet Device Approval Program. In completing this first round of the program, the First Responder Network Authority has recommended to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) a list of user devices approved to be used on the FirstNet network. NIST is responsible for maintaining this list under the legislation that established FirstNet.

This article appears on the website dated April 11, 2018

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