AT&T has been deploying Band 14
public safety spectrum as part of its FirstNet build. Band 14 has been
added to more than 2,500 tower sites, with an additional 10,000 sites to
be added by year-end, Ryan Fields-Spack Director, Public Safety
Strategies, FirstNet tells Inside Towers from the show floor of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials show in Las Vegas.
One of the items on display as a proof of concept is an Emergency Drop Kit, a collaboration of FirstNet, AT&T and Sonim. The
kit is designed to be carried by first responders into disaster areas
that trucks can’t immediately drive into, like where a “hotshot crew” is
fighting wildfires, says Fields-Spack. Incident commanders will be able
to drop in the kits for rapid connectivity to FirstNet. FirstNet is in
booth 836 at this week’s APCO 2018 Conference & Expo, which runs through today.