Public Safety LTE: Deployments, Strategies and Challenges - An Editorial Feature Report

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After years of planning and pilot projects, the national public safety wireless broadband network known as FirstNet is poised to soon become a reality. RCR Wireless News takes stock of FirstNet's status, short- and long-term goals, as well as technical issues including LTE capacity sharing and covering tough network environments

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There has been a lot of excitement about the possibilities that mobile broadband will bring to first responders in terms of new capabilities and applications.

RCR Wireless News spoke with experts across the public safety LTE ecosystem for their views on the future of the new public safety network being planned by the First Responder Network Authority.

The report, entitled “Public Safety LTE: Deployments, Strategies and Challenges”, arrives just as a lawsuit has been resolved which was holding up the award of the $6.5 billion national contract. It is based on information from FirstNet as well as interviews with public safety communications experts from Wireless WayPoint, Sonim, Mutualink, early builder participant LA-RICS, ADRF, GL Communications, Black and Veatch, Cobham Wireless and more.

One of the crucial initial tasks for FirstNet and its private partner will be to present Radio Access Network plans for each of the 56 states and territories that will be covered by the network, at which point governors must decide whether to opt in or opt out of those plans. FirstNet was designed as a national effort with participation from all the states, and it remains to be seen what impacts that opt-out decisions will have on the national network and on the unique public-private partnership that FirstNet is establishing for this new, nationwide broadband network based on LTE capacity sharing in 700 MHz spectrum.

Download this report to learn:

  • The most recent developments in FirstNet’s award process and the Rivada Mercury lawsuit
  • An overview of FirstNet’s short- and long-term goals laid out in the RFP
  • Technical challenges for the deployment of a hardened, ultra-reliable network that meets the needs of public safety
  • Business challenges ahead for FirstNet and its commercial partner, particularly in the context of possible opt-out by states
  • The role of the recently opened FirstNet Lab for Innovation and Testing
  • Ongoing developments in private LTE for public safety, outside of FirstNet
  • Bonus: Supplier guide for public safety infrastructure and testing companies

Watch the complimentary editorial webinar featuring:

  • Kelly Hill, Editor, RCR Wireless News
  • Gerry Christensen, Founder and CEO, Wireless WayPoint
  • Chris Odenthal, Program Manager (for LA-RICS), Jacobs Engineering
  • Greg Najjar, Director, Business Development, ADRF

“FirstNet’s network has been in the works for five years, and it is finally on the cusp of a contract award and deployment,” said Kelly Hill, editor at RCR Wireless News. “Standing up a new, national LTE network is no small task, and there are many challenges ahead for FirstNet and its partner – particularly with Rivada Networks trying to establish itself as an alternative for states that may decide to opt out of the national build plans. But there has been a lot of excitement about the possibilities that mobile broadband will bring to first responders in terms of new capabilities and applications. Some of those have been explored in the FirstNet early builder projects, but I think we’ll see wider support emerge once there is a widely deployed network for which people can develop devices and applications.”

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