Sonim Announces 2 New FirstNet Band 14 Devices
Thursday, March 01, 2018 | Comments

Sonim Technologies announced two new rugged mobile devices — the XP8 and XP5s — to operate on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public-safety network. They will be commercially available later this month.

The handsets support AT&T’s First Priority, which includes both priority and pre-emption for first responders, and are integrated with the AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) platform for FirstNet. The XP8 and XP5s also come with built-in 700 MHz band 14 access, the spectrum licensed by FirstNet that will be used to build out the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

The XP8 includes Sonim’s XPand Interface, which extends the capabilities of the handset through rugged attached peripherals, such as direct mode modules and a dedicated SOS red alert button for lone worker down solutions.

“Having the right tools can make or break an effective public-safety response,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T – FirstNet. “We’re committed to putting innovative, specialized devices into the hands of our first responders and those that support them when emergencies occur — and that’s exactly what we’re doing here with Sonim. Pairing the XP8’s and XP5s’ durability and customized, robust functionality with the critical capabilities enabled by FirstNet creates a powerful tool that first responders can rely on — even in the toughest situations — to help them carry out their important, life-saving missions.”

The phones will also support customers on AT&T’s network working in other mission-critical industries such as construction, manufacturing and transportation.

The Sonim devices join the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, which has band 14 access and was certified for use on FirstNet earlier this week.

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