New Jersey Decommissions JerseyNet, Transfers Assets to AT&T FirstNet
Monday, October 22, 2018 | Comments

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) announced the completion and decommissioning of JerseyNet, one of five First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) early builder Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

JerseyNet addressed the challenges of unreliable wireless service for first responders by providing public-safety personnel with access to a reliable, dedicated, high-speed communications network offering constant communications service. When on location, JerseyNet facilitated interoperability among existing radios in use on scene, enabled access to mobile applications used by first responders, and provided internet access that was not dependent on a commercial network.

NJOHSP has been working with FirstNet and AT&T on the decommissioning of the JerseyNet network to align with the buildout of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) and to avoid RF interference between JerseyNet and the NPSBN, as each use 700 MHz band 14 spectrum. JerseyNet’s deployable assets are being transferred to AT&T to be used in the deployment of the FirstNet communications platform across the country.

“This is an exciting step forward in AT&T’s deployment of FirstNet,” said Chris Sambar, Senior vice president of AT&T FirstNet. “The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness did a stand-up job with their work on JerseyNet. And the ability to integrate these deployable network assets into our FirstNet operations allows us to better support first responders nationwide. The more deployable units we can make available to first responders, the more we can help them stay connected to the cutting-edge capabilities and critical information they need to complete their lifesaving mission.”

“As one of five FirstNet early builder projects, JerseyNet helped to inform the planning of FirstNet through lessons learned,” said FirstNet Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Operations Officer Jeff Bratcher. “Deployable equipment is an important part of ensuring public safety has the connection they need, when they need it. It is great to see the lessons learned put into practice as we implement FirstNet. Thank you to the state of New Jersey for all the hard work and dedication on behalf of public safety.”

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