Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, February 21, 2019

Joining FirstNet. For the last year I have been receiving enquiries from readers and others about what is required to join FirstNet (Built with AT&T) and why an agency should join this network when it already has a contract with another broadband network. This is a fair question, especially when another network claims to be as good as FirstNet.

Let’s look at the reasons to join FirstNet. At the top of the list is the purpose for which the network was envisioned and then became the law of the land: to provide a nationwide broadband network dedicated solely to public safety agencies and personnel. From its inception, FirstNet was not intended to replace Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems now or well into the future. It was designed to provide interoperability between agencies with different LMR systems and resolve the issues encountered when coordinating with other agencies on different portions of the LMR spectrum. Think of FirstNet as the common network that augments all existing LMR networks used for Push-To-Talk (PTT) voice with the inclusion of data and video.

Next, unlike commercial networks, FirstNet was designed from day one to be the most secure wireless network possible. It was mandatory that it meet all the stringent requirements for the medical community as well as law enforcement and the federal government rules when it comes to obtaining or sharing data. It also needed to be as secure as possible to prevent hacking or the introduction of malware or other viruses. This security was to be designed in and built in prior to the network’s launch and those charged with building and running the network had to agree on both having a separate and private core or central heart of the network and monitoring and updating the network on a full-time basis.
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Pulsara App Becomes FirstNet Listed in App Catalog

MissionCritical Feb 21 10:05

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Following a rigorous review process, Pulsara is now FirstNet Listed and available via the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) App Catalog. The app helps transform the patient care journey from paramedic to hospital. read more

Samsung reveals Galaxy Fold and S10 5G

BBC News Feb 21 09:35

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… the Galaxy Fold would open up to create a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet-like display and …

GSMA prompts Europe on network security and 5G competition

VoIp.Review Feb 21 07:25

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Qualcomm unveils new 5G products

Xinhua Feb 20 13:35

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Qualcomm announced new 5G products on Tuesday ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2019 scheduled for …

FirstNet, Built with AT&T Launches App Webinar Series with RadioResource Media Group

RadioResource Media Group Feb 20 12:50

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The webinars will provide information on mobile apps for public safety’s FirstNet platform. Every app available in the FirstNet App Catalog will be …

Bill To Improve 911 Systems Passes House Committee

Los Alamos Daily Post Feb 20 10:15

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Next Generation 911 technology will allow first responders to act safer, faster, and more effectively when receiving and responding to calls.

4G/5G Spectrum Sharing: Efficient 5G Deployment to Serve Enhanced Mobile Broadband and …

Feb 14 09:49

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The latter two constitute Internet of Things (IoT) enablers. The new spectrum released for 5G deployments are primarily above 3 GHz and, …

How 5G technology will revolutionize health care

MarketWatch Feb 14 09:35

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Here’s how 5G, the latest generation of cellular mobile communications, will bring access to health care in undeserved communities at a fraction of …

AT&T says 5G is coming to Twin Cities soon

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal Feb 14 09:35

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“5G” basically means the fifth generation of cellular network technology. Most U.S. cities are on some variety of 4G network now, though the …

ADT Leads Industry by Enabling Professional Security Monitoring Over FirstNet Public Safety’s …

GlobeNewswire Feb 21 10:00

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ADT Leads Industry by Enabling Professional Security Monitoring Over FirstNet Public Safety’s Dedicated Communications Platform …

5G Is Going to Transform Smartphones Eventually

New York Magazine Feb 21 09:15

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Estimates vary, but Verizon has said it will need five to ten times the number of 5G base stations than it currently uses. The U.S. has 215,000 cell …

Cloud Radio Access Network Market: Ubiquity of Smartphones and Zest for 4G and 5G Access …

Financial Analyst Feb 21 08:25

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Global Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Market: Snapshot. C-RAN (Cloud RAN or Centralized RAN) is the centralized baseband processing of …

Samsung’s first 5G smartphone is a super-charged Galaxy S10 w/ 6.7-inch display, 4500 mAh battery

9to5Google Feb 21 08:25

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Impressively, the Galaxy S10 5G also includes four cameras on the rear. …

Qualcomm Announces the Snapdragon X55 2nd-Gen 5G Modem

eTeknix Feb 21 08:20

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Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon X55, their 2nd generation 5G modem. This brings about further improvements from their Snapdragon X50, …

Samsung launches a 5G phone and a tablet you can fold in half Feb 21 08:20

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Essentially it’s a small tablet that can fold in half to make a very chunky phone, …

Fuelled by 4G, India’s data traffic surges 109% in 2018: Study

The Economic Times Feb 21 07:35

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Going forward, the service providers will need to expand the 4G network and evolve their network infrastructure to support 5G in near future,” Malik …

Galaxy S10 launch event: Watch the Unpacked 2019 live stream right here

Boy Genius Report Feb 20 13:45

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Countless months of rumors, reports, and leaks have all led to this moment, as Samsung prepares to take the stage for its annual Galaxy Unpacked event. Unpacked 2019 will take place in San Francisco, California on February 20th at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET, and in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its smartphone line, Samsung will reveal the Galaxy S10 and its variants, which include the larger S10+, the cheaper S10e, and a 5G model. Samsung has also repeatedly hinted at the appearance of its fir

AT&T, Ericsson & Intel to Showcase ‘The Power of 5G’ with Batman AR/VR Experience Soon

Road to VR Feb 20 12:35

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… by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, allowing expo visitors to interact in the environment while being mobile..

U.S. has early lead in 5G tech despite concerns about competition from China, report says

LA Times Feb 20 12:30

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The race to 5G wireless tech is on. A report finds Americans have an early lead. U.S. policymakers keep wringing their hands over a competition with China to build the world’s first mass-market 5G wireless network. But a new report from Cisco may offer reasons to breathe easier. By 2022, fifth-generation…

Cisco Report: At 22 GB/Month, the Avg 5G Connection Will Generate 3X More Traffic Than Avg 4G …

Telecompetitor Feb 20 12:20

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A mobile traffic forecast from Cisco calls for that traffic to reach nearly a …

T-Mobile, Sprint Merger To Create 3000 Jobs, Better 5G Service

International Business Times Feb 20 11:35

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Despite challenges and a protracted regulatory process on T-Mobile-Sprint …

Three Big Tech Trends For 2019

Forbes Feb 20 11:00

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UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed goes live

IoT Tech News Feb 14 09:25

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The UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed has gone live in Millbrook as part of the AutoAir consortium. Based at the Millbrook Proving …

What To Expect From Mobile World Congress 2019 Beyond 5G and Foldable Phones?

Forrester Feb 14 09:15

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For the first time in 15 years, I will not attend Mobile World Congress. When I mentioned this to some clients, some of them told me: yes, you’re right, …