Rivada also bid on the contract, but lost to AT&T.AT&T got the contract because they're the only ones who bid on it.
There's been a lot of fear and panic amongst the hobby crowd for quite a while. Unfortunately rumors seem to carry more weight than truth. There have been several of us attempting to address these rumors for the last 2 years or so, yet this topic keeps coming up.I had no idea there was so much angst about FirstNet but I can tell you, first-hand, that it's just another tool in the box, and it hasn't really changed how we operate on a daily basis. What we hope it WILL do is help keep our systems running when all these paranoid people panic and bring the public networks down. That's all it is.
in the UK, nobody has access to emergency radio, and the benefit to the user services is total privacy. it's secure and the bad guys don't know when they're being targeted and talked about. Our press and media have never been allowed to listen in, although many did when it was in the clear. Of course the hobbyists were cross, but nowadays the notion people can listen into the Police, Fire and Ambulance is simply gone. Even worse, we now have personal data rules that mean anyone who has personal data on another cannot communicate it. Nobody could pass a name and address in a way that others could listen in - it would be illegal. It's had no negative impact, and while appreciate that in the US, your rights are very different, it has to come eventually.
I have no doubts that somewhere in the huge corporate world of AT&T, there are those that see FirstNet becoming the solution for PTT for public safety.I have also wondered if the end game for FirstNet is Public Safety PTT. I remember seeing this LTE portable radio a while back and wondering if this was the direction things were going. In the UK I think all public safety nationwide is on a commercial system.
And Nextel had a lot more in common with traditional LMR than LTE does, but it still was not a great idea relying on a commercial service provider. In fact, iDEN was trunked radio technology, with Nextel operating a (mostly) nationwide TDMA system. Connecting to the PTSN to provide telephone service over the network was an afterthought; it was always about the DirectConnect PTT service first and foremost.Remember, there were a number of departments that were dumb enough to jump on Nextel when it came out. That didn't go well.
And then there is the State of AL and Southern Linc, which is iDEN 800 MHz..... Still being used by a few agencies as it is cheaper still than getting on the still growing AFRRN P25 system.... Not that bad a service, BUT so lacking in the true Public Safety communications needs... But thats life.My brother was on Nextel when it first started off, before they tried to make it a cellular telephone service. It worked pretty well and sounded pretty good. He had one of the R750 handsets.
Did they not shut down iDEN and transition to LTE?And then there is the State of AL and Southern Linc, which is iDEN 800 MHz..... Still being used by a few agencies as it is cheaper still than getting on the still growing AFRRN P25 system.... Not that bad a service, BUT so lacking in the true Public Safety communications needs... But thats life.
We currently have a few on the firstnet using the devices. While handy the area is still in need of upgrades and currently data for images, video is slow on them and only complaint so far. Eventually att said they'll solve the issue with more sites.A bit off topic but I'm still not quite sure about some of the basics of FirstNet
The area where I am in emergency services has poor AT&T service. Are they building new towers just for FirstNet or will AT&T poor areas be just as poor
They are also advertising FirstNet as specifically for emergency responders and their families. What type of access do the families have and is it any different then what the general public could get on Band 14?
That's hilarious considering there are cameras every 3 feet in the UK and yet the truth of what is really happening in so many arenas is surprisingly non existent and kept from the citizens.We're very private when we need to be here. Lots of legislation exists to make sure what is secret, remains secret.