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The US public safety network will expand its operations to cover Air Force bases. FirstNet, the high-speed wireless broadband communications network built for public safety, will now provide its services to 15 US Air Force bases.

The bases will be able to support voice, data and streaming video communications, interoperability with existing land mobile radio assets as well as secure and interoperable communications between first responders on base and the local public safety workforce.

Users will get access to FirstNet’s priority and preemption services across LTE Band 14 spectrum plus all of AT&T’s commercial LTE spectrum bands.  

With regards to secure communications, according to gcn.com, FirstNet will provide the Air Force bases with tower-to-core encryption so that all traffic is automatically secured as it navigates different parts of the network.

FirstNet is the US first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. The communications platform is designed to allow first responders to get more information quickly and help them to make faster and better decisions.

FirstNet now covers 2.7 million square miles and features an upgraded 5G core. It is built to strict public safety specifications and requirements, unlike commercial networks, AT&T said in its announcement. The company aims to deploy FirstNet to all Air Force and Space Force bases.