FirstNet options to further extend coverage to first responders and public safety to meet natural and human-caused disasters
FirstNet provides an unprecedented set of deployable LTE capabilities available to serve public safety. Whether in response to a planned high-visibility public event or a natural disaster, public safety agencies will have a broad set of options to deliver high-speed wireless voice and data coverage when and where it is needed. FirstNet’s solution includes access to hundreds of existing AT&T deployables, plus access to an additional 72 dedicated FirstNet deployables, strategically pre-positioned with both satellite and terrestrial backhaul capacity to provide coverage wherever necessary in the United States, and in the U.S. territories. During emergency situations or planned events where replacement coverage and capacity are required, FirstNet and AT&T will evaluate the request, and when supported, AT&T will provide the deployable services at no cost. In addition, supplementary coverage through mobile satellite services and other deployable systems can augment coverage throughout the 56 states and territories. FirstNet will facilitate the staging and management of deployable units through a “lending library” approach. Also, public safety agencies may consider procuring and employing their own deployables as their mission dictates.
Connect your assets with the wireless broadband public safety network that reaches new heights. FirstNet’s satellite service links key agency professionals and connected devices everywhere—including remote areas and extreme environments where access to them is most crucial.
Large concrete and steel structures often limit indoor cellular coverage. To counteract this limitation, FirstNet uses Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) in large public venues and buildings across the United States. The DAS network of small antennas enhance wireless service within a designated area or building. With over 6,000 already in place, the FirstNet DAS delivers enhanced connectivity, capacity, and coverage where an unassisted network signal would typically not reach. The LTE DAS will support QPP, and will provide full access to the FirstNet network. This network “densification” provides added security and safety for citizens and first responders alike.