Verizon Plans MCPTT Launch in Fourth Quarter
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | Comments
Verizon plans to launch mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services by the end of 2019 with two carrier-integrated vendors, similar to rival AT&T for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network.

The nationwide carrier will begin with a Business Critical PTT service launch in the second quarter. That offering will be targeted at enterprises and provides ambient listening and other advanced features, but not the quality of service, priority and pre-emption (QPP) that will come with standards-based Responder MCPTT service in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Nick Nilan, director of public sector product development for Verizon, declined to name either of the MCPTT vendors that Verizon plans to work with but said the two services will offer priority and pre-emption and allow public-safety users to choose the interface they feel most comfortable working with.

Nilan said FirstNet and AT&T officials have declined to conduct discussions with Verizon on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and MCPTT interoperability between the two networks. “We’ve not been successful on direct engagements [with FirstNet or AT&T],” he said.

However, Verizon has implemented requirements on its MCPTT and other public-safety vendors for their technology to be interoperable across carriers, Nilan said.

“Just because we’re meeting the same standards doesn’t mean we’re interoperable,” said Mike Adamo, senior manager at Verizon Wireless, during a session about MCPTT at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) last week.

Verizon is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure public-safety users have Wireless Priority Service (WPS) and that Verizon passes quality of service tags to other carriers. Nilan also highlighted Verizon’s partnership with Mutualink to allow interoperability between Verizon’s network and LMR systems and other technologies.

Verizon is working with the city of Sacramento, California, on 5G applications and with public safety specifically to deploy the carrier’s Real-Time Response System.

AT&T announced in January it would launch MCPTT-compliant service in the second half of the year.

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On 3/13/19, Vince Krog said:
So ... just as I ask of AT&T, I must ask how in the world these vendors are simply assuming the name mission critical when their infrastructure is not mission critical? You can not have first responders depending on cell poles that have zero backup. Verizon has more poles with generators and batteries but they are not public safety grade, so do we just let everyone who wants to claim mission critical do so without holding them accountable? Thanks for being such a commercial billboard MissionCritical Communications.

On 3/13/19, Vince Krog said:
AT&T announced in January it would launch mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT)-compliant service in the second half of the year.
Precisely how, with almost NONE of their towers having batteries or generators, will they be mission critical? What is the criteria? Just calling yourself mission critical does NOT make you public safety grade.
Same questions for Verizon.

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