AT&T has added Band 14 (700 MHz) to more than 2,500 sites with 10,000+ more currently underway in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. And the first FirstNet-dedicated deployable network assets are ready for use.
Band 14 is nationwide spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet, which is supposed to cover 95 percent or more of the U.S. population.
Band 14 deployments are underway in 50 states and Puerto Rico. And it’s already on-air for testing in 40+ states. This includes California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. Band 14 will continue to be rapidly deployed nationwide and submitted to the FirstNet Authority for validation.
Both the tower services and construction segments are set to benefit from the FirstNet buildout. More than 1,000 new sites are planned as part of the FirstNet Band 14 build.
AT&T is expected to touch a high majority of Crown Castle’s 70k site portfolio over the course of its FirstNet buildout, according to Deutsche Bank Research. The carrier is planning to deploy AWS-3 and WCS bands along with the FirstNet spectrum for a total of up to 60 MHz of spectrum.
“We also expect that the buildout will involve adding a few thousand incremental macro sites,” said Matthew Niknam, DBR analyst. “We think that CCI is well-positioned to see leasing activity from AT&T given the two signed an MLA earlier this year (note CCI bought AT&T’s tower portfolio of 9.7k sites in 2013).
In the past month, adoption has grown to nearly 1,500 public safety agencies across 52 states and territories. This accounts for more than 110,000 connections on the FirstNet network.