Public safety personnel across the country continue to turn to FirstNet to advance their routine and emergency responses. Nearly 9,000 public safety agencies and organizations have subscribed to FirstNet, accounting for over 750,000 connections in service. And the numbers are growing daily.
The FirstNet communications platform – built with AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – offers first responders with a purpose-built experience.
For the second consecutive quarter, FirstNet achieved faster overall network speeds than any of commercial networks.
These results come as the number of markets with the FirstNet Band 14 spectrum nears 650. We’re moving quickly with about 65 percent of our nationwide coverage targets completed well ahead of schedule. The more we roll out Band 14 across the country, the more we’re able to provide first responders with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. This helps them reliably connect to critical information, communicate and coordinate.
And in the coming months, FirstNet subscribers will receive another boost in connectivity. AT&T and Assured Wireless Corporation are working together to develop safe and effective solutions that bring first responders the benefits of high-power user equipment (HPUE). Following 3GPP standards, HPUE solutions can transmit at stronger signals using the FirstNet Band 14 spectrum.
As a matter of course, HPUE could significantly increase the public safety’s coverage area. For urban and suburban responders, this will help solve the common challenge of indoor coverage. The stronger signal will better assist those connecting from hard-to-reach places like basements, elevators, stairwells and parking garages, helping first responders communicate inside and out.