AT&T Expands FirstNet 5G Service, Adds Connection to Its ESInet Service
Monday, August 16, 2021 | Comments

AT&T announced that it had expanded 5G coverage for the FirstNet network to 10 more cities across the country.

First responders in Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas; El Paso, Texas; Houston, Texas; Knoxville, Tennessee; Phoenix; Raleigh, North Carolina; and San Antonio Texas now have access to 5G on the FirstNet network. Additionally, first responders in parts of 38 cities and more than 20 venues have access to AT&T millimeter wave spectrum.

Meanwhile, AT&T also announced that it launched nationwide interoperability between the FirstNet network and AT&T’s emergency services IP network (ESInet) solution. The carrier said that this connection allows FirstNet to serve as a wireless backup to connect public-safety answering points (PSAPs) and enable the delivery of IP-based 9-1-1 call traffic through the AT&T virtual private network.

“Public safety told us they needed a dedicated communications platform for their lifesaving mission and FirstNet continues to deliver,” First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) CEO Edward Parkinson said. “Launching unique technology to support responders in rural areas, enabling redundant communications for emergency communications centers and evolving public safety’s network with growing access to 5G are key accomplishments for FirstNet. We look forward to continuing to work with public safety and AT&T to drive innovative solutions for America’s first responders.”

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