FirstNet Surpasses 2.8 Million Connections

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The third quarter of this year, according to FirstNet, saw accelerated adoption of its services from the public safety sector claiming more than 18,500 public safety agencies and organizations are part of its service base. Per individual, that number translates to more than 2.8 million connections nationwide.The first responders’ network, built in partnership with AT&T, said it has surpassed 95 percent of its nationwide Band 14 coverage target with the First Responder Network Authority.

So far this year, FirstNet reports it has deployed more than 650 solutions, from dedicated FirstNet SatCOLTs to expediting network restoration efforts, to support public safety’s emergency response.

The growing list of subscribers has boosted the technical resources for the public safety sector as well as 315-plus FirstNet Ready® devices and more than 180 apps that appear in the FirstNet App Catalog. The catalog is geared to first responders, featuring apps relevant to public safety’s mission, and gives FirstNet subscribers a dedicated site to find new solutions that have been specifically reviewed for use with their network.

The agency said recent law enforcement communities who have signed on for FirstNet services include: the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and Newark Police Department (NJ), as well as the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The network also boasts its use by a variety of venues such as San Francisco’s Fleet Week earlier this month to COVID-19 testing centers and wildfires in the west.

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