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AT&T rolling out 5G technology for Ohio first responders

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Apr 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-02 10:37:10-04

CLEVELAND — New technology is on its way to help Cleveland area first responders.

AT&T is adding to its FirstNet, first responder network.

FirstNet is a high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for first responders and the extended public safety community.

The network was launched three years ago to alleviate any congestion or communication problems that can arise in an emergency situation.

Beginning in April, FirstNet is now adding 5G connectivity. The 5G connectivity will ultimately bring a combination of benefits like ultra-low latency and ultra-high speeds to support a variety of users.

AT&T is also adding security features to the network, and Cleveland is one of two cities to have the features first.

FirstNet will be the first-ever nationwide network with comprehensive network encryption. That means FirstNet traffic will be automatically secured as it moves throughout the entire network.

Commercial networks may encrypt parts of the communications pathway, but only FirstNet will have encryption along the entire route.

“We all sat there and witnessed what happened in 9/11,” said President of AT&T Ohio Brad McLean. “We certainly want to make sure those who are on the frontlines, our first responders, are getting the services they need to adequately respond during those times.

AT&T says this network works as a dedicated high-speed lane on the highway.

Emergency responders will even be able to send real-time data, like from an ambulance carrying a patient to a hospital where that patient is headed.

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