AT&T Announces More Than 2.8M FirstNet Connections
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | Comments

AT&T announced that it now has more than 18,500 public-safety agencies, accounting for more than 2.8 million connections, subscribed to the FirstNet network.

“We’re starting to reach some scale here,” said AT&T CEO Jeffrey McElfresh during the company’s third-quarter earnings call Oct. 21. “Third quarter we posted the highest net add quarter since launching the program. And we’ve arrived at a position of leadership and strength in the law enforcement segment under that public-safety sector. And so all in all, it’s been operational changes that we’ve made at AT&T that has driven really strong momentum in our customer counts.”

Among the latest agencies to sign up for the service are the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Brevard County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, Newark (New Jersey) Police Department and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Additionally, AT&T said that it is ahead of schedule in its contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and has surpassed 95% of the band 14 buildout target established in the contract.

Pascal Desroches, AT&T senior executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), said the company expects a reimbursement from the FirstNet Authority for hitting contract milestones of about $1 billion in the fourth quarter of the year.

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