4 Suppliers Contribute to AT&T’s Contract with FirstNet
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | Comments

Four vendor partners — Motorola Solutions, Sapient Consulting, Inmarsat Government and General Dynamics — were announced in conjunction with AT&T’s 2017 contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Following is an update on how each of the four companies is working with AT&T on the contract.

Motorola Solutions is a national distribution provider for AT&T for FirstNet and provides mobile apps for FirstNet, said an AT&T spokeswoman. Motorola Solutions also supplies the FirstNet-certified LEXL11 ruggedized smartphone and AT&T’s Kodiak-based Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) solutions.

Kodiak EPTT is built to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard and will provide standards-based interoperability. AT&T’s EPTT users benefit from interoperability between their FirstNet and LMR devices, a Motorola spokeswoman said.

Motorola Solutions also participates in the FirstNet App Catalog with the Kodiak PTT app and soon its Capture app, which is an evidence-grade camera app for smartphones. For more on the EPTT app, see this week’s AT&T App Catalog webinar here.

Sapient Consulting is an application reviewer and governance provider for the FirstNet App Catalog. In addition, Sapient also supports hosting and maintenance of the State Plan Portal, having also supported the development of the FirstNet App Catalog, Local Control application and FirstNet.com experience.

Inmarsat Government continues to work with AT&T to provide satellite communications solutions to FirstNet customers. Since the contract award, AT&T and Inmarsat Government have collaborated to reach two critical contractual milestones.

The first was the launch of satellite communications products and services, such as satellite phones and Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) voice and data services, to FirstNet customers in 2017. The second milestone was the launch of vehicular network solutions (VNS) that include Inmarsat Global Xpress and enable vehicles to switch back and forth between Long Term Evolution (LTE) and satellite for always-on connectivity in 2018.

In addition, Inmarsat’s satellite communications services have been used as part of the FirstNet Response Operations Group program at AT&T and are a key part of the Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK) launched for FirstNet in 2018.

The FirstNet Program Management Office (PMO) uses General Dynamics’ expertise in developing and delivering compliance reports and deliverables to FirstNet. General Dynamics previously provided equipment and currently provides consulting services, an AT&T spokeswoman said.

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