AT&T表示,FirstNet Band 14构建完成率超过90%,采用率超过200万个连接

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美国电话电报公司今天宣布,该公司已“提前”完成了超过90%的合同FirstNet覆盖,使用700MHz频段14频谱,全国公共安全宽带网络支持超过200万个连接

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AT&T2020年为其网络增加了近10万平方英里的覆盖范围,这意味着FirstNet用户现可以享受超过271万平方英里的覆盖范围。截至2021年3月底,AT&T与FirstNet Authority签订合同,将完成80%的LTE基础设施建设计划,该基础设施将支持14频段的运营,即许可给FirstNet Authority的20 MHz 700 MHz频谱。

美国电话电报公司(AT&T)今天宣布,该公司已“提前”完成了超过90%的合同FirstNet覆盖,使用700MHz频段14频谱,全国公共安全宽带网络(NPSBN)支持超过200万个连接

AT&T2020年为其网络增加了近10万平方英里的覆盖范围,这意味着FirstNet用户现可以享受超过271万平方英里的覆盖范围。美国电话电报公司(AT&T)就此事发布的新闻稿显示,作为FirstNet推出计划的一部分,计划部署的1000多个新手机站点中,超过一半已经启动,每个州都因此获得了额外的覆盖范围

根据与FirstNet Authority签订的合同,AT&T的报酬是基于满足阶段性发展目标,包括某些建设里程碑。截至2021年3月底,AT&T与FirstNet Authority签订合同,将完成80%的LTE基础设施建设计划,该基础设施将支持14频段的运营,即许可给FirstNet Authority的20 MHz 700 MHz频谱。美国电话电报公司(AT&T)去年突破了这一80%的门槛

根据合同,AT&T将2022年3月底前完成FirstNet系统计划的14频段建设的95%。今天宣布,自2018年3月发布建造任务令以来不到三年的时间里,航母就超过了90%的门槛,这表明航母实现这一里程碑方面几乎提前了一年

AT&T计划2023年3月完成Band14的建设,并开发和部署许多对公共安全至关重要的技术

FirstNet Authority首席执行官埃德•帕金森(Ed Parkinson)一份事先准备好的声明中说:“这些都是公共安全网络发展、采用和部署的重要里程碑。”。“FirstNet管理局感到高兴的是,建设工作继续提前进行,我们正朝着全面实现一个服务于所有公共安全的全国性网络的愿景迈进。这一进展显示了我们与公共安全部门合作的实力,以及他们的参与对网络的成功至关重要。”

美国电话电报公司(AT&T)的新闻稿显示,FirstNet的采用率也不断提高,NPSBN目前支持200多万用户连接和15000多家代理商。这意味着FirstNet连接的数量14个月内翻了一番>

at&T负责FirstNet项目的高级副总裁杰森·波特(Jason Porter)一份事先准备好的声明中说:“2020年使人们比以往任何时候都更清楚地认识到,对于急救人员来说,无论他们的任务带到哪里,都必须拥有相互通信所需的工具和无线基础设施。”

“现数以万计的城镇都能接入FirstNet,使美国的公共安全社区成为唯一符合其严格规范和要求的网络。正是由于FirstNet以任务为中心的设计和无与伦比的能力,越来越多的机构正从尽力而为的商业网络转型,我们将继续兑现FirstNet的承诺,并自豪地成为公共安全真正的网络合作伙伴。”

从FirstNet成立之初,官员和观察家就已经认识到,AT&T有必要扩大LTE覆盖范围,以说服公共安全用户和机构采用NPSBN。事实上,传统上服务于大部分公共安全宽带市场的运营商威瑞森(Verizon)的官员早就宣称,该公司拥有全国40万平方英里的LTE覆盖优势

但是,LTE覆盖率的对比过去几年发生了巨大的变化,AT&T已经

英文译文:

AT&T has completed more than 90% of the buildout of its contracted FirstNet coverage using 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum “well ahead of schedule,” and the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) supports more than 2 million connection, the carrier giant announced today.

AT&T added almost 100,000 square miles of coverage to its network during 2020, meaning FirstNet subscribers now enjoy coverage across more than 2.71 million square miles. More than half of the 1,000-plus new cell sites scheduled for deployment as part of the FirstNet rollout have been launched, with every state receiving additional coverage as a result, according to an AT&T press release on the matter.

Under its contract with the FirstNet Authority, AT&T is paid based on meeting staged development goals, including certain buildout milestones. As of the end of March 2021, AT&T is contracted to complete 80% of the planned LTE buildout of infrastructure that supports operations on Band 14, the 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum licensed to the FirstNet Authority. AT&T surpassed this 80% threshold last year.

AT&T is contracted to finish 95% of the planned Band 14 buildout for the FirstNet system by the end of March 2022. Today’s announcement of surpassing the 90% threshold—less than three years since the buildout task order was issued in March 2018—indicates that the carrier is almost a year ahead of schedule in meeting that milestone.

AT&T is scheduled to complete the Band 14 buildout in March 2023, as well develop and deploy many technologies identified as crucial to public safety.

“These are major milestones in the growth, adoption and deployment of public safety’s network,” FirstNet Authority CEO Ed Parkinson said in a prepared statement. “The FirstNet Authority is pleased that buildout continues to be ahead of schedule and that we are moving closer to fully realizing the vision of a nationwide network that serves all of public safety. This progress shows the strength of our partnership with public safety and how their involvement is critical to the success of the network.”

FirstNet adoption also continues to increase, and the NPSBN now is supporting more than 2 million subscriber connections and more than 15,000 agencies, according to the AT&T press release. This means the number of FirstNet connections has doubled in the 14 months since December 2019, when AT&T announced that FirstNet was supporting 1 million connections and 10,000 agencies.

“2020 made it clearer than ever before how critical it is for first responders to have the tools and wireless infrastructure they need to communicate with each other wherever their mission takes them,” Jason Porter, senior vice president for the FirstNet Program at AT&T, said in a prepared statement.

“Now tens of thousands of towns and cities have access to FirstNet, bringing America’s public-safety community the network built to their strict specifications and requirements. It’s because of FirstNet’s mission-centric design and unparalleled capabilities that more and more agencies are making the switch from best-effort commercial networks—and we’ll continue to deliver on the promises of FirstNet and proudly serve as public safety’s true network partner.”

From the early days of FirstNet, officials and observers have acknowledged the need for AT&T to expand its LTE coverage to convince public-safety user and agencies to adopt the NPSBN. Indeed, officials for Verizon—the carrier that traditionally served the bulk of the public-safety broadband market—long claimed a nationwide 400,000-square-mile LTE coverage advantage.

But the LTE coverage comparison has changed dramatically during the past couple of years, as AT&T has largely closed the gap by focusing on expanding its coverage as part of the FirstNet agreement, including the deployment of more than 500 new sites specifically to serve areas that state officials identified as needing coverage in 2017.

This effort to expand FirstNet coverage has made a noticeable impact during deployments related to COVID-19 initiatives, according to Gerald Reardon, SAFECOM chair and a retired fire chief for the for Cambridge (Mass.) Public Safety, where he continues to serve as a senior advisor.

“Communications is integral to every public-safety incident,” Reardon said in a prepared statement. “And since FirstNet is designed specifically for first responders with the priority features we need, the City of Cambridge is utilizing FirstNet for our critical Fire, Police and EMS assets.

“The drive from FirstNet to consistently increase coverage has been impressive, especially as we work to combat COVID-19. With our mobile task force constantly moving locations for testing sites and vaccination locations, FirstNet not only fits the bill, but is key to our missions’ success.”

Danae Wilson, manager of the Nez Perce Tribe’s department of technology services and chair of the FirstNet Authority’s Tribal Working Group, echoed this sentiment.

“It’s encouraging to see new infrastructure is extending the reach of FirstNet for tribal communities,” Wilson said in a prepared statement. “For the Nez Perce Tribe, we have worked collaboratively with the FirstNet Authority and AT&T to make sure FirstNet meets the needs of our tribal first responders. While the new site that launched in Kamiah, Idaho is an important step forward, we hope to have even more reservation coverage that will come as new sites are deployed.”

FirstNet coverage figures are based on access provided to subscribers using LTE devices operating at normal power levels of 0.2 watts, according to AT&T officials.

Last month, AT&T announced the availability of MegaRange service to FirstNet subscribers that leverages the high-power-user-equipment (HPUE) to expand the effective range of LTE mobile devices by 60% to 100%–and significantly enhancing uplink and downlink data throughput—at the network edge. No benefits from MegaRange, which lets devices operate at power levels up to 1.25 watts—were factored into the AT&T coverage statistics unveiled today, according to the company.

Of course, no carrier provides terrestrial LTE coverage in all U.S. locations, and—even in locations where coverage typically is available—network infrastructure can be damaged by natural or man-made disasters. In such circumstances, FirstNet subscribers are able to request deployable units—at no additional cost—to fill coverage gaps or to enhance broadband capacity to a geographic location during an incident or event.

Such flexibility is valuable to public-safety response efforts, according to John McMahon, deputy chief and commanding officer for the information-technology bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“AT&T’s commitment to the public-safety community through FirstNet, is clearly evidenced by the quality and priority access of the cellular connectivity, and the tremendous customer service we are experiencing at the Los Angeles Police Department,” McMahon said in a prepared statement.

“The entire FirstNet team at AT&T is thoroughly engaged, working to deliver the tools and resources necessary to meet the unique needs of the LAPD. Most importantly, the FirstNet team’s demonstrated flexibility and willingness to adapt has become a critical aspect in the advancement of the LAPD’s mobility strategy and the management of our information technology infrastructure—critical for the thousands of officers that are dedicated to protecting and serving the people of Los Angeles.”

 

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