Verizon Executive Says LTE Network Meets Most Public Safety Grade Guidelines
Friday, October 20, 2017 | Comments

A Verizon executive said its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network meets most guidelines included in the 2014 National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) report, “Defining Public Safety Grade Systems and Facilities.”

“… The Verizon network meets those guidelines in almost every aspect and actually exceeds many of them,” said Michael Maiorana, senior vice president, public sector for Verizon.

The carrier, which in August announced plans to build a private network core dedicated to public safety and compete with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and its contractor AT&T, said it has invested $111 billion in its network since 2000.

“Those investments include hardening our network from top to bottom — from switching centers to cell sites — taking lessons learned from previous storms and building ‘super switches’ in the Southeast capable of withstanding Category 5 winds, and earthquake-resistant facilities in the West, and installing redundant data systems, robust backup power capabilities, rigorous security measures and ongoing fiber deployments nationwide,” he said in an article on LinkedIn.

Maiorana said Verizon continues to “densify” its network and improve infrastructure and software platforms to maintain connectivity, even when commercial power interruptions and other factors affect the performance of individual sites. The article said every Verizon cell site and more than 130 switching centers are outfitted with backup batteries and/or generators to maintain service if commercial power goes out.

“Prior to storms like Harvey and Irma, we strategically stage refueling tankers and portable generators in locations where they can be quickly deployed into affected areas as soon as it’s safe, to make sure our sites stay on the air until commercial power is restored,” he said.

Maiorana also highlighted the carrier’s portable assets, including cells on wheels (COWs), cells on light trucks (COLTs), satellite picocells on trailers (SPOTs) and portable generators, to enhance or restore wireless coverage in an area until permanent service is restored.

The article said resiliency, performance and security will be built into its dedicated public-safety network, which will consist of a dedicated a network core that will operate separate from its commercial network core. However, in a draft spectrum manager lease agreement for opt-out states, FirstNet said states are prohibited from using other core networks for public-safety services.

Verizon said it will also offer access to priority services — including wireless priority service over voice over LTE (VoLTE) and pre-emption — at no additional charge.

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On 10/20/17, DCSERKITS said:
Many states have laws where they cannot have contracts longer than 10 years but must show they have a 25-year opt-out contract. Opt-out states will get pennies on the dollar for funding radio access network (RAN) buildout. Interoperability means everyone must use the same provider. Long Term Evolution (LTE) standards only count if it means you are on AT&T. Two or more LTE-compliant providers are not allowed to interoperate. This is a government-engineered monopoly that will suppress innovation and competition for 25 years. But we are all to believe this is all in our best interests. Wake up folks. This is like IWIN with a better PR plan but even more flawed.


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