Tests show FirstNet MegaRange effective for 20-plus miles in maritime scenario, AT&T says

FirstNet MegaRange—the new FirstNet offering that leverages high-power-user-equipment (HPUE) technology to extend the effective range of a cell site—delivered throughput speeds that could support multiple video streams during maritime tests conducted as far as 28 miles from the California coast, according to an AT&T official.

MegaRange Sea Trial with AW12

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: February 13, 2021

Andy Salvador, lead product marketing manager for the FirstNet program at AT&T, reiterated the fact that FirstNet MegaRange uses higher Band 14 device power—up to 1.25 watts, as opposed to 0.20 watts—to increase throughput and effective range by 62% to 100% in terrestrial settings. However, FirstNet MegaRange “achieved some incredible results” when tested several months ago by the U.S. Coast Guard in Pacific Ocean waters near the site of the Conception boat fire in September 2019 that resulted in more than 30 deaths. READ FULL ARTICLE

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